Opportunity AreaHow might we improve data systems for healthcare delivery?
The proposed title of your ideaBlood Finder
Please describe your idea.1. Blood Finder – A mobile application to help users locate health facility that have their corresponding blood types
What problem does your idea solve in the market?Currently there is no convenient way of telling the health facility that has the corresponding blood type that you need other than visiting that health facility. Blood finder will relay all the blood stock information of a particular health facility in a region in a designed mobile app. Blood finder also integrates all the involved parties in distribution of blood like regional blood banks and health facility making reporting to and monitoring by Uganda Blood Transfusion Services easy.
Briefly explain how you identified the need or opportunityAn interaction of one patient who had to move to more than 4 health facilities before she could locate her blood type got us thinking of a way to approach this problem. This is what led to the birth of blood finder application. To help all users with smart phones to find the health facility with their corresponding blood types in a click.
Who are the beneficiaries of your solution and how will they benefit?We have three categories of beneficiaries; i) the blood banks- these will be in position to track all the blood in their facilities. Uganda Transfusion Blood Services will also be in position to monitor all the activities in different regional blood banks in Uganda. ii) Health facilities that have blood transfusion services will be added onto the portal and track their blood. iii) Mobile users – will have an interactive application to help them locate blood.
Why are you convinced your solution will solve the problem?We have carried out enough requirements gathering from Mbarara Regional Blood Bank and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital which are our two case study areas. With these we have designed a system that integrates all gathered requirements and this gives us confidence that the acceptability and feasibility trial will be a success. The mobile app is based on the innovative minds of the developers but we shall be carrying out end-user feedback for more guidance on the design.
What other initiatives like yours exist out there? How will you differentiate your solution?The research carried out by our team shows that they is no initiative like ours in Uganda. The facilities in charge of blood services do not have integrated systems which makes tracking of blood very complicated as each facility independently manages its activities and information is not shared appropriately. Blood finder integrates all these services and relays the necessary information to the end-user.
What have you done up-to date to test your idea with potential users? What learnings do you have to share?We have done sufficient user requirements gathering from our two study sites that is; Mbarara Regional Referral Blood Bank and Mbarara Regional Blood Bank. The essence of this was to clearly articulate what the systems were to be comprised of because that is the back bone of the mobile application. The designed system is composed of all the features that were collected from the two study sites and we are currently running lab tests before we can do a fully deployment. We discovered that the current systems in place are about 70% paper based and 30% electronic. This makes it complicated to have integrated systems. Our intervention integrates all the systems making it easy to share information between the different blood banks.
How will you financially sustain your business?This is software based solution so the hospitals, regional blood banks and Uganda Transfusion Blood Services (UTBS) will pay an annual license fee of 100USD (~360,000 UGx) to enable them use the system. Also we will have adverts that will be running within the mobile applications. Clients who would like to have their adverts running will also pay a specific fee (yet to be determined by our business expert). With these two models the business, we will be in position to break even and make some profit.
Please share a link to a 3 minute online video that best describes your idea and teamhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJqqSpXJ8mU
Please tell us about each founder and their roles on the team. How do you know your founders and how long have you worked together?Project lead: Ndawula Maurice Kasule1, 1Faculty of Medicine, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Ruth Grace Babirye1 email@example.com; Emmanuel Kamuhire2 (Computer Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org), Mulindwa Peter2 (Business Expert, email@example.com), 2Institute of Computer Science, Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Lena Wu (Business expert, firstname.lastname@example.org), BABSON College. Dina Namara, (Clinical), Ishaka Hospital,
Please tell us about other team members that are not cofounders.Wilber Ninsiima - He has been taking a lead on all the mobile application development
Which members of your team will attend the program full-time?Wilber Ninsiima Maurice Ndawula Ruth Grace