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In the News

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

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.

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?

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

In the largest ever study of language use and personality, researchers have discovered that it's possible to determine a Facebook user's gender from the language of their status updates, with a 92 percent success rate.


The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation engages interdisciplinary teams to reimagine health care delivery for dramatically better value and patient outcomes.

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is Penn's center for research, policy analysis, and education in health systems. Its 200 Senior Fellows analyze the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered across the U.S.

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