How did an ice storm and the snarl of a Super Bowl traffic lead to an innovative solution for securing a safe blood supply?
In February 2016, a severe ice storm struck the state of Texas, paralyzing businesses and even threatening the impending Super Bowl. But for patients and hospitals, the ice storm hampered the ability of local hospitals to obtain a ready blood supply. An entrepreneur surveyed this situation and quickly surmised that a better delivery system could be developed with existing technologies, one that would not be so hindered by weather and public events.
The founder and creator, Chris Godfrey, utilized sophisticated computer algorithms to arrive at this cleverly named proprietary program that provides real time analysis of the nation’s blood supply so that potential shortages can be averted. Just as important, the program allows for cost savings for the hospitals by effectively managing inventory. Blood products have a defined and relatively short shelf life and must be continually replenished. However, overstocking may lead to expiring and wasted products if unused, so a delicate balance must be struck between a hospital’s anticipated needs and logistical obstacles to receive the blood products. In the short time the program has been used at various hospitals, it has led to a 22% cost savings.
An ice storm can be deadly. The debilitating effects of the cold are devastating but combined with the paralysis of local transportation, a major health emergency can result. There is nothing good that can come out of this. And yet, this man took the tragedy of the ice storm as motivation to create something that could prevent an additional burden to the nation’s fragile blood supply system.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (ESV)
In my life, I have often looked at tragedies happening to myself and others and have wondered what is the good that am I missing? Where is God in all of this? The answer is in front of me. God is with me during my storms of life. God is with others, ready to share their burdens and comfort them. And if we are willing to trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He will show us the good. It may not be at the moment of our greatest pain and suffering, but He is faithful to bring His Goodness out of all situations. In my life, my tragedies have allowed me to better relate and empathize with others who are undergoing a similar situation. For others, like the founder of Bloodbuy, it may motivate them to find innovative ways to help others. In all things, God is sovereign, orchestrating a magnificent symphony of life, bringing good out of seeming chaos and suffering.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.