“Five minutes are enough to save a life” that is the moto of the Hellenic Ministry of Health and
Social Security for decades now.However the posters in hospitals and other public buildings do not serve their purpose which is to activate the individual's contribution for donating by making an
active citizen as Aristotle said more than 2000 years ago.
In our country the need in blood annually is 600.000 blood units and in this we do not include only
the urgent need which emerges after a car accident but also for people who suffer from kidney
inadequacy or thalassemia or even in case of surgeries or any other medical condition that it makes the blood quite valuable.
With an approximate calculation, we can say that if just the 10% of the Hellenic population was
donating blood we could have a sufficient stock of blood units that can guarantee the support for all those who have a need.
In the same fate comes the bone marrow donation,an issue which is not adequately developed in
Greece.The procedure of donating bone marrow is very simple and it is similar to donating
blood.There are false rumors that is painful or dangerous.It is a simple procedure of taking sample
for the drool.
During the last 20 years many transplants took place, but only few of the donors were from
Greece. For example in Norway where the population has racial homogeneity only 20.000 donors
are adequate to cover the bone marrow needs .
As you understand we have a major problem and we seek an optimal solution . In Greece We have a mechanism that is too “old” to deal with this kind of things . So we thought to connect 21 century technology and the excessive use of mobile network devices like smartphones and tablets.
So we have decided to create a system that it includes two parts,the one is for the mobile and the
second one will be established into hospital's infrastructure.
The new system will be dynamic as well as user friendly and will exploits the internet of things, the
system and the data bases that are already in use today are not unified.Despite the fact that donating blood to another hospital is really complicated in our days ,this application will make the procedure much more easier .
Thus,firstly, our solution to the problem needs the user-donor to download the application and visit
the nearest hospital for registration . Therefore, the user receives a unique 11 digital number from the hospital along with a username and a password .Then the user will fill the right gaps in the mobile application and after the registration to the app the user will be aware of the demand.
As far as the medical staff is concerned, when an emergency case comes up and the doctor decides that there is a blood/bone marrow need then the doctor or nurse will announce the immediate demand for the specific type of blood and any user-donor who locates in a radius distance of 10 kilometers will receive a text message that will give information about the location of the demand .
Of course ,the messages which ask for donation will appear firstly to the user with the matching
blood type.If more donors than expected arrive ,then the blood will remain to hospital's stock for
future use. The whole procedure will take place according to the medical confidentiality.
To be more specific as for bone marrow donations, the whole procedure is not exactly an emergency case but it lasts 3 to 4 hours.We thought it was necessary to add the bone marrow donation so as to familiarize people with a not so popular but necessary issue.
The system-app of hospital which was reffered earlier demands an unified network between
hospitals along with servers and of course an admin that can maintain the system in good condition and can guarantee its efficiency .
Of course such a system demands only an average computer knowledge but it is essential to educate and familiarize the medical staff and the users with the usage of the app.
Our problem which is the lack of blood and bone marrow donation is a big deal.In addition ,despite
the fact that the area of usage is limited,he results will solve a serious and big matter.
There are several traditional methods that can solve this problem such as advertising the benefits of blood and bone marrow donation.Thus, due to the fact that the posters will only coughing dust and the commercial spots will be immediately forgotten , we suggest a solution that use modern
technology methods and even the younger people will be able to use.