[aprssig] Citizen Health Observer Program (CHOP)

Wm Seffens wseffens at comcast.net
Mon Jun 22 19:07:08 CDT 2009

Thanks Steve for your input,

APRS is only a minor possible data flow, the main flow is planned to be cell
phone apps (i-phone in particular), a desktop pop-up, and Twitter. I can
shape the data fields at this early stage of development to conform with an
APRS packet. I would supply programming assistance for the APRS developers.

I am envisioning this as recording observations, not daily questioning. Most
of the time, everyone is well. When someone is noticed with a cough, then
ask do they also have a fever. There is also a return flow of health
information if the volunteer opts for it. I should only need 1000 volunteers
for a feasibility study.

Wm Seffens

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Subject: Re: [aprssig] Citizen Health Observer Program (CHOP)

Very interesting idea. I'm not sure CWOP should be your model for data  
flow, nor that the APRS IS should be the transport medium.
HIPPA aside, I think as designed you will have problems with  
recruitment and retention. I don't want to ask 10 of my friends every  
day if they have any of a list of symptoms. If a friend brought the  
idea up to me, I'd feel uncomfortable being asked those questions  
daily. This is also a lot of work to lay on the observers. Even the  
most ardent recruits may get tired by month 2.

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