Patients in need of blood in Haryana may soon get to know about its availability in various banks at the click of a mouse. The state government's initiative of putting blood bank data online is aimed at ensuring transparency and accountability in functioning of various blood banks in the private and public sectors.
According to officials in the state health department, the dry run of blood bank web portal --http://18.104.22.168/hmisBloodBankPortal/Portal -- was showing successful results.
It is linked to the official website of the Haryana health department. The officials said that blood banks had been put under direct supervision of the health department. Earlier, the project officer, state AIDS control society, was responsible for the same task.
Sources said that it was proposed to update blood data twice a day for greater transparency. Besides the availability of blood units, the data to be in public domain includes blood components, including red blood cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate.
Haryana has a total 376 blood banks, including 24 in the public sector. Besides the blood banks located at each of the 21 districts, medical colleges at Khanpura Kalan in Sonepat, Agroha, in Hisar and Mewat have additional blood stock facility.
"In the first phase, all state government-managed 24 blood banks are being digitised. In the later stage, rest of the 352 blood banks in the private sector would be clubbed for putting complete information of availability of blood units at each facility," director general, health services, Dr DP Lochan told Hindustan Times on Monday.
Lochan said that the present mechanism to regulate private blood banks was insufficient and online display would also make the public sector institutes more accountable.
"Once it is open to general public, one can simply see the real-time data pertaining to various blood banks of Haryana on a computer or a smart phone. Each such faculty centre would be subjected to round-the-clock scrutiny of general public," he said.
Lochan said that under the plan, each blood bank would soon be required to submit quantity of all eight blood groups stocked at their given facility.
"Blood is a crucial life-saving element and it is very important to regulate blood banks. Often numerous complaints of irregularities are made against these facilities and digitisation of blood data would help in curbing these grievances. Under the programme, blood banks will be networked through this system and data will be updated regularly," said Lochan.
A nodal officer would soon be appointed at health department's headquarters in Panchkula for its monitoring.