Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO, Bharat Blood Bank, who talks of the efficacy of an online blood bank
‘Are you ready to save a life?' — This is the first question that pops out of the home page of Bharat BloodBank.com. Blood donors, of any blood group, are just a click away. The website has a vast database of donors across the country. In an emergency, all one has to do is log on, and enter the location and the required blood group of the patient. A list of willing donors around the area, with contact details will be generated.
Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO of Consim Info Pvt Ltd, that runs Bharat BloodBank, talks to MetroPlus in an email interview. Excerpts:
What is an online blood bank?
Online blood banks have an important role in promoting blood donation. They make it easier for blood banks to collect, process and distribute blood and blood products. They help people in need of blood get in touch with those who are ready to donate blood. They maintain a live and accurate database of donors categorised by blood type, locality, contact details, etc.
How does your website work?
Donors across India can register themselves on the site after going through the basic requirements for donating blood. You can find donors by state, city and blood group. They will have to provide their contact information like residence, office or mobile number and email address. A person can register his or her friends by entering their e-mail addresses. As for the recipients, they can search for donors near their locality. The website also gives tips and information on blood donation and names of other blood donation banks. The services offered by the site are free and the information will not be used for commercial purposes.
How has the response been so far? Is there enough awareness?
The awareness about online blood banks is growing. Bharatbloodbank is an initiative with over 20 million members. Our members do know about Bharatbloodbank and use its services when required.
In an emergency, do people have the time to log on to a website?
With proliferation of broadband and other developments, Internet access and speed is improving. You get access to a good database of potential donors who can be contacted in an emergency.
How active are online donors?
They are sincere and dedicated. We have taken all steps to obtain accurate and up-to-date information of potential blood donors. We also request donors with us to update their information regularly.
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