Mobile phone app facilitates donation of blood

A Dundee University student has developed a prototype mobile phone application to make it easier for existing and potential donors to give blood.

James McLaren, a fourth-year applied computing student, began looking at how technology could be used for good and decided upon encouraging more people to give blood.

His so-called MyBlood app works to encourage increased levels of donations by keeping track of when a user last gave blood and counting down to the user’s target for giving blood a certain number of times within a particular time period.

It lets a user know where and when the next blood-donation service will be held and gives the option to invite friends through social-networking sites to arrange group visits, as well as providing directions to blood-donation sessions.

The MyBlood app also sends the latest news about blood donation and messages from people who have benefited direct to subscribers’ phones.

’The concept and prototype has the potential to become a real-world application with a meaningful purpose. An app such as this would encourage new and more frequent donations but, more importantly, help blood-transfusion services to maintain a constant supply of blood, benefiting the patients who need it,’ said McLaren.