In the News
A sampling of news stories involving the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab.
There’s a new challenge for people in Philadelphia. They can now win money and save lives with their cell phones.
Around the world, the hunt is on for thousands of lifesaving portable medical devices that are hanging in public places - in Philadelphia.
In a touching and extraordinary reunion, a Philadelphia man finally met the Septa manager and nurse who saved his life.
Every traveler uses maps, but when might a map save your life? Researchers at Penn Medicine, one of the world's leading academic medical centers,have in mind a heart-smart map of Philadelphia that could be a true lifesaver.
Around the country, portable devices that can diagnose and treat life-threatening heart rhythms have been installed in shopping malls, arenas, offices, gyms, schools, and other public places.
A group of Penn Medicine researchers has issued a challenge to the public. They’re asking community members to help save lives by using their cell phones.
Local public health researchers are asking for a little assistance--and offering some serious money--to help map where life-saving devices have been stashed around Philadelphia.
I bet you’ve walked by an automated external defibrillator (AED)—those machines that deliver a shock to the heart when it stops beating—a hundred times without noticing it. In a park. At your gym. At work. Now’s the time to start noticing.
Raina Merchant, of the University of Pennsylvania, believes that crowdsourced Good Samaritans can help plot the locations of Philadelphia's public AEDs.
It could be your neighbor, your best friend, your father. They stop, clutch their chest, stumble to the ground. They’re having a heart attack. In the tense seconds that follow, you know you need to act, and fast – the difference between life and death lies in your hands. Soon, it may also lie in your cell phone.
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