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In the News

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

February, 2014
Under the Button

Attention Penn students with excessive free time—we have found you a new side hustle.  Penn Medicine's Social Media and Health Innovation Lab is holding its first ever Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge, and there is Cash Money to be won.

February, 2014
Penn News

If you saw someone collapse and lose consciousness would you know where to look for an AED?

February, 2014
Penn Medicine

If you saw someone collapse and lose consciousness, you would likely call 911, and if they weren’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse, you might also know to start CPR while you waited for help to arrive. But would you know where to look for an AED? 

February, 2014
Philadelphia Business Journal

A team of Philadelphia health-care researchers has come up with an idea for making it easier for people to find life-saving AEDs in public settings. They're sponsoring a design contest.  

February, 2014

A public health design challenge wants to increase awareness of automated external defibrillators. 

February, 2014
WHYY - The Pulse

If someone collapsed and stopped breathing, would you know what to do, beyond calling for help?  Researchers and designers at the University of Pennsylvania worry not enough people know of a simple, effective technique or where to find a defibrillator in a public place.

February, 2014
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

A research team that last year used crowdsourcing techniques to locate and digitally map 1,400 automated external defibrillators in Philadelphia has launched a new crowdsourcing project to develop graphic designs that will make AEDs more visible in public spaces.

December, 2013

A couple of times each week, cardiologist Chileshe Nkonde-Price ditches her white coat and sets up an impromptu "research laboratory" at a hair studio in Lansdowne.  She's a physician-researcher but doesn't spend much time peering into a microscope.

November, 2013
The Daily Pennsylvanian

It only takes 140 characters to provide people with false information about prescription drugs.  

October, 2013
UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Seattleites can join in a life-saving scavenger hunt. Players will compete to identify and report the locations of Seattle’s automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, for a cash reward. Prizes range from $50 to $10,000.


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