Short Description: Centium’s Blood Request & Receive System (Blood R2 System) app, based on Windows Azure, improves donor blood supplies by providing people with a global communication tool to request and receive blood when and where they need it.

Centium’s Blood Request & Receive System (Blood R2 System) app addresses communities’ blood donation needs by matching blood demand and supply around the globe. In many developing countries in Asia, blood supply has continued to remain a challenge among local hospitals and blood banks. For example, a single donor can only donate 2 pints of blood at a time, but a typical car accident victim needs 100 pints of blood, meaning that these developing countries need consistent blood donation from the community. Through the power of the Microsoft Windows Azure Cloud platform, the Blood R2 system app works toward improving blood supply by providing people with a global communication tool to request and receive the blood supply when and where they need it.

The Blood R2 system consists of two apps, the donor app and the requester app. For the donor app, community members register to become a blood donor and save their medical information such as the blood type. If a person needs blood in the community, then they can download the requester app and request the type of blood they need, how much and the urgency of the request. All the donors, who have previously downloaded and registered with Donor App, will get this alert, and can communicate via the app, and express their willingness to donate blood. The app has additional features such as recommending donors, successful donations, and honoring top donors in the area. To learn more about the app, watch the video.

Through the Apps for Asia contest and the use of Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Windows Azure, Centium Software was able to develop a solution to address the need for an increased blood supply in Malaysia that they hope they can leverage to address the need on an international level.