Dialog presents next evolution of donor management system to Blood Bank


Minister of Health, Maithripala Sirisena, receiving one of 18 Dialog Smart Tabs donated to the NBTS from Dialog’s Head of Business – Mobile Telecommunications, Lasantha Thevarapperuma.

Dialog Axiata PLC, enhanced its award-winning ‘SMS-Blood’ platform, which was presented to the Health Ministry under the auspices of Maithripala Sirisena – Minister of Health.

The upgrades include enhanced donor management and blood stock management systems for the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in Colombo, plus, this new version will connect the Head Office with 18 regional Blood Collection Centres island wide using an Android App developed for this purpose. The telecom service provider also donated 18 Dialog Smart Tabs to the NBTS to be deployed at the regional blood banks.

Dialog subscribers can continue to register for blood donation via SMS, by simply typing REG<space>BLOOD and sending to 770 with their Dialog mobile. Upon registering they can access the services provided by the National Blood Transfusion Service using their Dialog mobile by dialing #770#, and even locate the nearest blood donation centre and view their donation history. The service was first launched in 2002, and it won a GSMA Global Award for the best use of wireless technology for emergency situations.

The World Health Organization chose Sri Lanka to host the global event for World Blood Donor Day 2014, which was commemorated at the BMICH in Colombo and donors from all over the country were felicitated at the event. The National Blood Transfusion Service in Sri Lanka was recognised as 100 per cent voluntary based donation recipient.


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