Using a mobile app and mobile workforce to validate data about emergency public health resources

Anna Marie Chang, Alison C. Leung, Olivia Saynisch, Heather Griffis, Shawndra Hill, John C. Hershey, Lance B. Becker, David A. Asch, Ariel Seidman, Raina Martha Merchant

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Background: Social media and mobile applications that allow people to work anywhere are changing the way people can contribute and collaborate. Objective: We sought to determine the feasibility of using mobile workforce technology to validate the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), an emergency public health resource. Methods: We piloted the use of a mobile workforce application, to verify the location of 40 AEDs in Philadelphia county. AEDs were pre-identified in public locations for baseline data. The task of locating AEDs was posted online for a mobile workforce from October 2011 to January 2012. Participants were required to submit a mobile phone photo of AEDs and descriptions of the location. Results: Thirty- five of the 40 AEDs were identified within the study period. Most, 91% (32/35) of the submitted AED photo information was confirmed project baseline data. Participants also provided additional data such as business hours and other nearby AEDs. Conclusions: It is feasible to engage a mobile workforce to complete health research-related tasks. Participants were able to validate information about emergency public health resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-548
Number of pages4
JournalEmergency Medicine Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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