Researchers from the Periman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be presenting an abstract at this years American Heart Associations Scientific Session on how they managed to map the placement of AEDs throughout the city of Philadelphia.
Over an eight week period, participants utilized the ‘My Heart Map Challenge’ App to record locations of AEDs, including images and GPS coordinates. The efforts behind this social mHealth experiment will help members of the public and emergency response efforts to locate and utilize AED devices that may have been unused due to no knowledge of their presence.
This research and success may inspire further crowdsourced projects in the realm of mHealth to other locations for AEDs locations. However, what other implications does this have for potentially doing social projects in the community to help with healthcare issues, especially in emergency situations?
With the recent events of Hurricane Sandy, government and private services could learn to utilize similar crowdsourcing methods.