What started as a pilot with Mendix at the end of 2021 quickly became a full-fledged portal for employees and donors. The blood bank Sanquin is transitioning from printed invitations to an online environment where donors can schedule appointments. Convenient for Sanquin and the donors. Read more about this project and how we applied the low-code technology Mendix.
Sanquin is a blood bank that provides all blood supply in the Netherlands. With around 2,200 employees and 300,000 blood donors, they meet the blood demand in the country. Blood collection occurs at fixed and mobile locations, and these donations help over 100,000 patients annually.
In addition to collecting, processing, and distributing blood products, Sanquin is also involved in research and education.
A short-term SaaS solution
The world of Sanquin and its donors is also evolving rapidly. Take, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic—how do you deal with that? And how do you ensure that donors can safely schedule appointments to donate blood?
In the old situation, Sanquin calculated the blood demand, and based on that, donors were summoned by mail to come in. The summons meant they had a two-week timeframe to come in for their blood donation.
Due to the pandemic, scheduling appointments for mobile locations was necessary to prevent crowding and contamination. As a short-term solution, they started using the SaaS application "Datumprikker" (Date Picker). But as we mentioned earlier, it was only suitable for the short term, so they immediately started thinking about the long term.
At Incentro, it's not a matter of "You ask, we deliver." The consultants think along and challenge you. As a result, the application fits the users exceptionally well.
Watch the video below in which product owner Niek Witsenboer talks more about the project and process.