In the latest addition to the ever-expanding Aadhaar ecosystem, Aurangabad-based Strides Software Solutions has launched the ‘d-health’ application, which is touted to be a unique donor engagement platform connecting the various stakeholders involved in blood donations. By centralizing donor registration, the app facilitates donor filtration, helping determine whether the donor is eligible to donate or has recently donated.
In addition, d-health “aids blood banks and organizers reach out to donors in case of emergency and enables patients and hospitals search for blood components across member blood banks at a single click”, the Economic Times quoted Strides founder Denesh Mutha as saying.
The application involves Aadhaar-based donor authentication and registration through the Aadhaar e-KYC procedure. Organizations will need to subscribe to d-health in order to access donor data. While subscription is free for social organizations and hospitals, blood banks can avail either a free core subscription or a premium subscription with an annual fee.
Per the Economic Times report, d-health was piloted at the Indian Red Cross Blood Bank in Barshi, in Maharashtra’s Solapur District, with over 60 blood banks already signed-up. Mutha was also quoted as saying they intended to add another 200 blood banks in the next 18 months.
It is not immediately clear whether the donors’ consent will be sought before sharing their data with any of the organizations subscribing to d-health. It is also not clear what level of data security d-health offers, and what can be done to ensure that the donors’ sensitive blood profile data is not publicly exposed – a concern particularly for HIV-positive individuals facing social stigma.
Any breach of data will add yet another aspect of information in the profiling of Aadhaar holders.