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A group of Penn Medicine researchers Led by Dr. Raina Merchant, an emergency physician and resuscitation expert, is launching a crowdsourcing contest this Fall that will use a smartphone app to plot the locations of Philadelphia's public automated external defibrillators (AED) which are used to restore cardiac arrest victims' hearts to their normal rhythm.
The MyHeartMap Challenge a great idea among a growing trend toward using crowdsourcing to find solutions to troubling problems in health care, are inviting people to use app to tag the photos with location information and details about the device like its color and manufacturer.
The Penn contest aims to catalog those devices and build an app using the database of AED locations which will link to a person's GPS coordinates and help them locate the nearest AED during an emergency. There's an estimated one million AEDs across the nation, hung clearly on the walls in airports and casinos, but also tucked away in restaurant closets and under the cash register in coffee shop.