How can digital solutions contribute to assuring a sufficient amount of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products before, during and after a crisis?
This is the question we aim to answer in our research project “Bloood Information System for Crisis Intervention and Management (BISKIT)”. For this purpose, we comprehensively model the the blood supply chains of African partner countries, analyze their vulnerability to different crises scenarios, and assess the current state of information system usage in the respective blood establishments. Based on the requirement specifications resulting therefrom, and the results from simulation analyses, we will finally develop a demonstrator for an information system including a user interface, write-up crisis management plans, and provide capacity building trainings regarding the use of the information system. By applying a comprehensive and participatory approach with selected stakeholders important for African blood transfusion as well as crisis management systems, we aim to contribute to the assurance of business continuity of the blood supply chains of our partners, both in day-to-day operations as well as in crisis situations.
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