Normally, outside donor campaigns still connect to the main server via wireless 4G/5G with a VPN. However, if there is a “dead” spot, Medinfo can provide a local area network using one of the PCs/laptops to serve as a server. The local server receives an uploaded image of the donor database. Upon return to the donor center, the local server’s data is uploaded and synchronized.
When you cannot establish a direct link to the live Medinfo program, you must arrange for Medinfo/VHT to create a local server that will have the current Medinfo donor database for use at outside campaigns where the internet connection cannot be used. This can also be used if for some reason the Blood Donor Center link is down in order to register donors and check the donor deferral database.
- For each outside campaign, there should be a pre-campaign visit to verify the availability of internet to connect to Medinfo.
- If the internet connection is working, use Medinfo using the 4G/5G access points. Otherwise:
- If none, inform Medinfo/VHT to prepare a local server—at least ONE DAY in advance of the campaign.
- Provide Medinfo/VHT one of the portable computers to download the database and software. This will be the offline server for the campaign.
- Link the offline server to the other portable computers for the campaign (see the corresponding Medinfo job aid).
- Use the local network (offline server and other portable computers) for registering donors.
- Upon return to the Blood Donor Center, upload the data as indicated in the Medinfo job aid.
- Continue the regular processes after uploading.