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[aprssig] Citizen Health Observer Program (CHOP)

Art Alto n6vig at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 22 22:39:40 UTC 2009

How about a media hysteria observer program to go with it?


> From: wseffens at comcast.net
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 18:20:10 -0400
> Subject: [aprssig] Citizen Health Observer Program (CHOP)
> Citizen Health Observer Program (CHOP)
> I am writing a grant proposal for the CDC concerning collecting Flu symptom
> data from volunteers in a manner very similar to the weather program CWOP.
> Volunteers would register with CHOP, get CH0xx ID numbers, receive training
> on flu medical symptoms, and submit the number of friends or coworkers the
> volunteer has daily knowledge of health symptoms. Once a day, the volunteer
> would submit a short packet of coded symptom data for all of the anonymous
> friends. Hence there is a multiplier effect with this data, one volunteer
> could be supplying data on 10-20 persons. This has been cleared with the
> Atlanta office of DHHS for the HIPAA rules on privacy (details and waivers
> will be supplied later at a CHOP website).
> This data will be used to monitor flu and H1N1 influenza virus for very
> early detection of epidemics. The data would be appearing 1-2 weeks before
> the people see a doctor and trigger the CDC Sentinel. Like the storm
> spotters, you can be a hero and help the nation.
> So, how easy would it be to include this packet into APRS applications (and
> transmitted by RF and/or internet), and how many amateurs would you estimate
> would volunteer? The symptom data field could be expandable to include
> injury data for natural disasters, SAR, etc.
> Wm Seffens
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