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In the News

A sampling of news stories involving the Penn Social Media and Health Innovation Lab.

February, 2014
Be Well Philly

Here’s a horrifying situation for you to consider: A stranger goes into cardiac arrest right in front of you while you’re waiting in line for coffee. What do you do? 

February, 2014
American Heart Association Blog

Staff at the University of Pennsylvania want to make it easier to spot automated external defibrillators – devices used to restart the heart after cardiac arrest – and they’re doing it with art.

February, 2014 Philly

Good design can save lives.  Penn Medicine’s new Social Media Lab launched a new public health initiative that invites people to reimagine public spaces in order to make AEDS  more apparent in life-threatening emergencies.

February, 2014
6 ABC Action News

If you are an artist or are creative, a team at Penn needs your help.  They've launched a nationwide contest to make A-E-D's, or automated external defibrillators, more noticeable.  It buildings on the success of the 2012 MyHeartMap Challenge, which used crowdsourcing to locate and map AEDs in Philadelphia.

February, 2014
EMS World

If you saw someone collapse and lose consciousness, you would likely call 911, but would you know where to look for an automated external defibrillator?

February, 2014
The Daily Pennsylvanian

A picture is worth a thousand words - but some pictures are worth more than others.  A team of researchers at Penn Medicine is soliciting images that could save lives through the Defibrillator Design Challenge.

February, 2014
The Pennsylvania Gazette

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff stood at the podium, waiting for the applause to end. A large crowd of friends and family and supporters listened intently as the extraordinary young woman with the big heart and troubled lungs began to speak.

February, 2014
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Emily is like a lot of other young women: She tracks her exercise, meets friends for dinner, and works as a researcher.  But unlike other twenty somethings, she devotes much of her day to an all-consuming mission: Extending her life.

February, 2014
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

White House Deputy Director of Health Reform Jeanne Lambrew opened the Academy Health National Health Policy Conference (NHPC) by emphasizing the need for health care agencies and providers to communicate more effectively with health care consumers.  


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