The American Red Cross Blood Donor App puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand. Donating blood, platelets and AB Plasma is easier than ever. Find nearby Red Cross blood drives, schedule appointments, follow your blood’s journey from donation through delivery (when possible), and create or join a lifesaving team and track its impact on a national leaderboard.
• Find local blood drives and donation centers quickly and easily
• Convenient, easy appointment scheduling and rescheduling
• Receive appointment reminders
• Complete RapidPass
• Manage contact preferences
• Keep track of your blood donations (whole blood, double red cells, platelets, and AB Plasma) to see your impact
• Get geo-targeted blood shortage alerts let you know if your blood type is needed in your area
• Snap a selfie during your blood donation and share it through social media
• Track your blood donation from donation through delivery (when possible)
• Join or create a lifesaving team, recruit other blood donors and view rankings on a national leaderboard
• Earn unique badges to proudly share your achievements via social media, text, or email
Bug fixes and performance improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Where’s the “Found Information about Power Red” Badge?
What’s great: The profile contains a lot of interesting information. The badges are a great, fun way to get people motivated to give! The app opens and functions really well. You can quickly and easily move from page to page.
What’s not so great: Accessing information about all the different types of blood donation, requirements, and general blood donation tips and concerns ARE NOT EASY TO FIND. I was curious what a “Power Red” donation was. My friend looked it up on google, read the answer, and I still had not found it in the app. Finally after tunneling through several pages I found a list outlining the different types of donations. This shouldn’t happen. You should be able to access this information from several points. Maybe where it gives you the date when you can next donate (tap the box that has the name of donation method— you’re taken to an information on method. Perhaps being able to access this information from the badges section of the app would be another way to find it.
Not as Described
It’s been explained to my by Red Cross personnel as all encompassing, however, it falls short in several key areas.
*my donor card
*viewing donation history
*viewing upcoming appointment (made online - see below)
Not useful for:
*Finding nearby drives on certain date range needs more flexibility.
*Booking appointments was cumbersome and I gave up (search is clunky, results are limited). I much prefer website functionality.
*Badge alerts popped up, however, there isn’t a summary screen where I can view them. I want to see my vampire badge and post it to my social media! It vaporized! Where can I see them? Reps at the drive could not find them either. This could be such a fun, motivating feature if I could see them.
*Rapid Pass - I completed it online yet the app didn’t “know” thus prompted me to do it again; there was no synchronization with my account which perplexed me since it “knew” about my appointment... I had to present the email version Rapid Pass.
Based on past issues with other Red Cross systems being out of synch, such as phone recruitment within days of a donation, I’m not surprised by the hiccups. However, it does significantly reduce the utility of this app for me and makes it tough to justify the storage space.
Donation Data to HealthKit
This is a beautifully designed app with simple controls, fluid responsiveness, and low-user memory load. The app makes scheduling appointments easy and fun, and is the only reason why I donate as often as I do. The only improvement I’d like to see is more access to our health statistics sent to Apple’s Health app. This would add accurate and enriching data to log my health over longer periods of time. I like to think of my blood donations as mini checkups to spot potential health issues down the road, so it’d be amazing to see that data actually logged into the Health app. This data (blood pressure, pulse, hemoglobin, etc) is already displayed minimally when flipping the digital donor card to the history side, but I’d like it to be recorded forever to give me more accurate health data and make my donations even more valuable to me as a donor. Thanks!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.