February 7, 2012 | by

Who’da Thought? An iPhone App That Saves Lives

An iPhone app, PulsePoint, marshals a community resource in its CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)-trained citizens to respond to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Who would have thought of that? Chief Richard Price of the San Ramon Valley, Calif., Fire Dept., that’s who.

The civic-minded Fire Chief’s location-aware app is free and may only come at a cost if it is not deployed. And that cost may be lives lost due to cardiac arrest.

Read the rest of this post on the LTN for Products blog at Law Technology News.

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February 7, 2012 | by

Media Advisory – San José Fire Department and El Camino Hospital unveil free, lifesaving CPR mobile phone app to San José community

SAN JOSE, Calif. – In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, San José community leaders are launching PulsePoint, a free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) “citizen first responder” mobile phone application (app). This new app is designed to help CPR-trained users in the San José Fire Department service area provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

What
News conference to announce new lifesaving CPR mobile phone app to the San Jose community

Who
San José Mayor Chuck Reed
San José Fire Chief William McDonald
PulsePoint President/San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price
President and CEO of El Camino Hospital Tomi Ryba
Dave Duffield, co-founder/co-CEO Workday

When
Tuesday, February 14 from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Where
San José City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street

Background
The San José Fire Department, through funding from El Camino Hospital, is now able to provide the free PulsePoint app to the San José Fire Department service area. Available for both the iPhone and Android smartphones, PulsePoint gives the public the ability to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. App users, who have indicated they are trained in CPR, can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the app, using sophisticated location-based services, will alert those in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Contacts
Captain Mary Gutierrez
Public Information Officer
Office (408) 794-6959
Cell (408) 398-9228
sjfdpio@sanjoseca.gov

Chris Ernst
El Camino Hospital
Office (650) 962-5853
chris.ernst@elcaminohospital.org

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February 5, 2012 | by

U.S. Postal Service Issues Heart Health Stamp

Heart Health StampWith the Heart Health stamp, the U.S. Postal Service hopes to raise public awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart. The first day of issue will be February 9, 2012.

The stamp art focuses on the feelings of wellness and vitality that come from physical exercise, a key element in controlling and preventing coronary heart disease, or CHD. The design shows a bright yellow sun disc, a leafy green tree icon, and a blue swirl of a sky. The striding figure at the center of the stamp has a full red heart. At the figure’s feet, a large red apple represents a well-balanced diet, another essential factor in maintaining a healthy heart.

Although CHD is the leading cause of death among women and men in the U.S., it doesn’t have to be. Many cases of heart disease can be prevented. Most people can lower their risk of developing CHD — and protect their hearts for a lifetime — by making just a few lifestyle changes. Exercising and eating a heart-healthy diet are critical factors. Quitting smoking, managing stress, and getting enough sleep are equally important.

Because heart disease can develop over decades without symptoms, many people do not know they have it. Some risk factors, like age and a family history of CHD, can’t be avoided, but regular medical checkups make early detection and treatment possible.

The U.S. Postal Service has a long tradition of issuing special stamps to help raise public awareness about health and social issues. For this beautiful and upbeat stamp, art director Derry Noyes teamed up with award-winning illustrator Nicholas Wilton.

The Heart Health stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

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January 24, 2012 | by

Location-based App for CPR Responders Spreads to Second City

Kerry Davis of IDG News Service recently rode along with San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Paramedics and interviewed Fire Chief Richard Price. The article below appeared in CIO Magazine, Macworld and PCWorld.

A location-based phone application that alerts people trained in CPR when someone nearby is having a heart attack will be spreading from San Ramon, California, to San Jose by mid-February, according to San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Chief Richard Price.

The PulsePoint app sends a notification to a smartphone if the user is close to a possible heart attack victim, but only if the emergency is happening in a public space. The app has been available for more than a year and was recently added to the Android Market in addition to being available in the iPhone App Store.

The PulsePoint Foundation is working with more than 150 agencies that are interested in bringing the PulsePoint app to their communities, from Fargo, North Dakota, to an agency in Sao Paulo, Brazil, said a spokeswoman with the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

Users must first confirm that they are CPR-certified, and the app then alerts them if dispatchers are sending EMTs to a potential heart attack victim in a public location. Price says heart attack victims are the focus of the app because resuscitation needs to be started within 10 minutes of the attack if victims are to have a chance of survival.

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January 18, 2012 | by

Citizen Superheroes Now Equipped with Android Devices

Lifesaving app now available in the Android Market

Android Screen ImagePLEASANTON, CA – The PulsePoint Foundation is proud to announce the release of the Android version of its life‐saving mobile app that crowd‐sources Good Samaritans to events where the potential need for bystander CPR is high. The iPhone version of the app was released in January 2011 by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. The PulsePoint Foundation is the new nonprofit organization taking the reins from the Fire District to guide, enhance and expand the reach of the app worldwide.

“We are very pleased to be extending the reach of the application to Android devices and users,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation and Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. “With nearly 1,000 deaths a day directly attributed to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, the time for this app is now.”

The foundation turned to Workday, Inc. (www.workday.com) to encourage its employees to volunteer to design and build the Android version along with a multijurisdictional, multi‐client infrastructure that could handle the worldwide interest in the app. The app was developed solely by volunteers from Workday’s development team. “Workday believes strongly in the mission of the foundation and is pleased that several of its employees donated their own time to lend a hand in this important initiative to improve the outcomes for victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” said Petros Dermetzis, Vice President of Development at Workday. “We are very proud and appreciative of the Workday employees who raised their hands to help others with this project.”

The PulsePoint app (previously the FireDepartment app) is now available at no cost in the Android Market. Android users can now simply visit the Market and search for “PulsePoint” to download the app, (the PulsePoint App requires the Android operating system of 2.2 or greater). Once the app is loaded into the phone users can volunteer to be notified if someone nearby is in need of CPR by selecting the CPR notification option.

The application has received several international awards including the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence, a CTIA-The Wireless Association 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, a 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation, an American Heart Association Life Saver Heart Partner Award, and an IADAS Webby Official Honoree award for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology. The Public Service Announcement designed to promote awareness and adoption of the application also received two Telly Awards.

The foundation is guided by an Advisory Board made up of visionaries in the tech and medical industries, including Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Co‐Founder and Co‐CEO Dave Duffield of Workday, CIO Tim Ferguson of Northern Kentucky University, CEO Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, and President Jack Parow of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

PulsePoint is a registered 501(c)(3) non‐profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose goal is to make it much easier for citizens who are certified in CPR to use their life saving skills to do just that… save lives! Through the use of modern, location‐aware mobile devices PulsePoint is building applications that work with local Fire Departments, EMS agencies, and Police Departments to improve communications with citizens and empower them to reduce worldwide sudden cardiac arrest deaths.

Note to Editors
For additional web and print resources related to the app including sample screen shots, supporting images and video, please visit the PulsePoint Foundation website at http://pulsepoint.org/media-resources.

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December 24, 2011 | by

CTIA-The Wireless Association interviews Chief Richard Price and Chairman Matt Stamey

John Walls, VP of Public Affairs for CTIA, recently interviewed Fire Chief Richard Price and PulsePoint Board Chairman Matt Stamey about the genesis and future plans of the life-saving PulsePoint app. Earlier this year, at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the CTIA presented Chief Price and Chairman Stamey with the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award for innovation that “exemplifies how wireless technology can been used for dramatic results in emergencies.”

CTIA-The Wireless Association is an international nonprofit membership organization that represents the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products.

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December 14, 2011 | by

Saving Lives

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Originally offered in April 2010 as “Fire Department,” the PulsePoint mobile application has come a long way since the concept was first sketched on deli napkins. Developed by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) in partnership with the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University, the app is free, fast and friendly. Simultaneously with the dispatch of an emergency response team by the local 911 Emergency Response Center, the app alerts Smartphone users who have downloaded it (some 45,000 to date). Users can select the types of events that concern them from a menu including everything from wildfires to medical emergencies.

Read more of this cover story from Danville and Alamo Today by Jody Morgan.

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November 13, 2011 | by

PulsePoint Foundation Hires Chief eXecution Officer

Rob Byrne

Rob Byrne, Chief eXecution Officer

PLEASANTON, CA – Matt Stamey, Chairman of the PulsePoint Board announced today, the hiring of Rob Byrne as the foundation’s Chief eXecution Officer (CXO). As the CXO for PulsePoint Byrne is responsible for the successful development, delivery and worldwide deployment of PulsePoint’s life saving applications and technology.

With a background that ranges from Space Shuttle flight control to relational database design to motion picture image restoration, Rob brings to PulsePoint a broad spectrum of technology expertise and executive experience.

In response to the announcement, PulsePoint President Richard Price said, “Rob’s diverse experience managing complex software development and implementation makes him very well suited to help the foundation widely deploy the lifesaving PulsePoint mobile application. He has the full support of our board and is exceptionally qualified to lead our global ambitions.”

At Johnson Space Center Byrne was a member of the team that developed the onboard flight control software for the United States Space Shuttle and participated in design of the data system for the International Space Station. At IBM Santa Teresa Lab he was an engineer and later a development manager for the DB2 relational database product. At PeopleSoft, Byrne held technical, management and executive positions, including Vice President of Product Quality and Vice President of the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) Program. His most recent executive position was with San Francisco based nCircle Network Security where he was Vice President of Engineering.

Rob has also been active in the area of heritage preservation with a specific focus on motion picture restoration. He has led or participated in several film restoration projects, received a preservation grant from National Film Preservation Foundation, and was recently awarded the Haghefilm Foundation Fellowship for 2011.

When asked about his appointment, Byrne said, “I’m very excited about the potential and the idea PulsePoint represents and embodies. The notion that we can use ordinary Smartphone technology to save lives is a very powerful concept.” He added, “I am especially motivated by our non-profit model and that this technology is available without charge to individuals and to the public agencies we partner with. Our mission is our motivation and our reward comes not in dollars, but in lives saved.”

Byrne is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has also performed post-graduate studies at University of California at Berkeley, University of Houston, and San Jose State University. He currently serves on the board of the directors for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, as well as the Global Film Initiative.

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November 4, 2011 | by

Business Card Backside Templates

QR CodeWhat’s on the back of your business card? Nothing? Consider putting that blank space to great use by adding three simple reminders that could save a life! The PulsePoint Foundation has made it easy by providing four royalty-free production-ready designs that you or your business card printer can use immediately to help make a difference. Each design incorporates a Quick Response (QR) code like the one shown here that can be quickly scanned for CPR instructions and other pertinent information. The foundation will always ensure that the QR code directs to current and relevant content.

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