January 9, 2013 | by

PulsePoint – Turning Everyday Citizens Into Heroes


It seems like there’s an app for everything these days but of all the apps on your smart phone, is there one that could help you save a life? The Avera Heart Hospital has teamed up with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue to launch an app that can turn everyday citizens into life saving heroes.

On average it takes Sioux Falls emergency responders around six minutes to get on scene. But when it comes to sudden cardiac arrest those six minutes could mean the difference between life and death.

“I believe there are people out there, who are willing, able, and trained to do CPR and all they need to know is that there is a need for that.” Said Division Chief Jeff Helm with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.

Say hello to PulsePoint, a free app for your smart phone that does exactly that. It’s an alert system that turns everyday people into lifesavers.

See the full story by Jake Iversen at KSFY Television (ABC).

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January 4, 2013 | by

Sioux Falls now covered by lifesaving smart phone app!

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota – On Tuesday January 8, 2013, at 10:45AM, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue (SFFR) and Avera Heart Hospital will be holding a press conference to announce the lifesaving PulsePoint smart phone application. Please join us at Avera Heart Hospital located at 4500 W 69th St, as we unveil the benefits of being a community covered by PulsePoint. Jon Soderholm, President and CEO of Avera Heart Hospital, Jim Sideras, Fire Chief of SFFR, along with other community partners will be on hand.

PulsePoint is the technology advancement that will further enhance cardiac survivability by engaging every day citizens willing and able to perform CPR, and when available, the use of a Public Access Defibrillators (AED). With the use of this Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android App, community members can provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. App subscribers that have indicated they are able and willing to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. This notification only occurs when the incident is in a public place and will also indicate where the nearest Public Access Defibrillator (AED) is located.Avera Heart Hospital

Early intervention during sudden cardiac arrests will make that lifesaving difference in our goal to improve survivability. The PulsePoint mobile app will do that by reducing collapse-to-CPR times and increasing citizen awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area. It also can reduce collapse-to-defibrillation times by increasing awareness of public access defibrillator (PAD) locations through real-time mapping of nearby devices.

Contacts
Jeff Helm, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
605-367-8078

Marilyn Paddock, Avera Heart Hospital
605-977-7022

Download original City of Sioux Falls Press Release here.

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December 7, 2012 | by

UC Davis Fire Department Becomes 1st College Campus to Deploy PulsePoint App

UC Davis LogoThe UC Davis and City of Davis Fire Departments, in cooperation with the City of Davis Dispatch Center, are pleased to announce the launch of PulsePoint, an innovative, Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android application which will allow community members to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

On the UC Davis campus, there are approximately 60 AEDs available for use in incidents of sudden cardiac arrest. Of those 60, approximately 50 are located in facilities accessible by community responders at any given time. These AEDs are displayed in the PulsePoint app’s map feature at all times, allowing those trained in CPR and the use of AEDs to become familiar with the location of these life‐ saving devices prior to deployment in an emergency event.

Read the UC Davis Media Release announcing the launch of PulsePoint in both UC Davis and the City of Davis communities.

UC Davis has earned its stellar reputation in part through a commitment to addressing society’s needs through innovative research and public service.

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September 28, 2012 | by

PulsePoint first app released on InterAct’s SafeTown.org

InterAct LogoInterAct Announces SafeTown.org, New Technology to Better Connect the Public with Public Safety

InterAct’s latest Public Safety Cloud innovation enables citizens to share information with law enforcement, fire, emergency services and other citizens to create safer communities.

Winston-Salem, NC (September 28, 2012) – Continuing to deliver on its commitment to the Public Safety Cloud, InterAct, a leading provider of incident-response and management solutions today announced the release of SafeTown™; a powerful suite of cloud and smart phone apps that help public safety agencies better connect with the citizens they serve.

Improving the connection between the public safety community and the public provides significant benefits to both constituencies. “We place a high value on a strong partnership with our citizens. If we can better inform them, we can make them safer, and engaged citizens become a force multiplier for us.” said Taylor Jones, Deputy Chief, Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Services Division, Anderson County, SC. “SafeTown will give us the tools we need to effectively share information with our citizens and make our community a better, safer place to live.”

SafeTown delivers services to the community via a community web portal and a family of smart phone apps.

Read the rest of this media release on the InterAct blog.

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September 13, 2012 | by

Fire Chief Richard Price Invited to White House to Present PulsePoint App

White HousePLEASANTON, CA – On Friday, September 14, 2012 San Ramon Valley Fire Chief Richard Price will present the lifesaving PulsePoint App at a White House “Safety Datapalooza” in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The event will be streamed live at wh.gov/live beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST.

The White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation invited Chief Price to the event highlighting innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.

The event will also feature the announcement of new safety data resources being made available, including valuable, real-time tools to provide details about natural disasters and improve preparedness and emergency response. The event will be followed by an “expo” in which attendees will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on demonstrations of the innovations highlighted.

The event will feature John Porcari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation; Seth D. Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor; Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey and Todd Park, Assistant to the President, U.S. Chief Technology Officer.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
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 trained 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. For more information visit http://pulsepoint.org

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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September 6, 2012 | by

Fire Departments to Offer Free, Lifesaving CPR App to Community

ACFD Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer

ACFD Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer

San Leandro, Calif. — The Alameda County Fire Department, the Alameda Fire Department, the Fremont Fire Department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department now offer a free mobile phone application called PulsePoint that will help save lives.

An innovative, Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android application will allow community members to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Application subscribers that have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR.

If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the application, using advanced GPS technology, will notify community members in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The app also directs the “community responder” to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

“This is arguably the greatest step forward in our effort to increase the survivability of sudden cardiac arrest since CPR was introduced,” said Demetrious N. Shaffer, Interim Fire Chief of Alameda County Fire Department.

“It is creative and innovative approaches like PulsePoint that offer the greatest hope for real reform of our health care system”, said Alex Briscoe, Director of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency.

The PulsePoint app will be made available to all of the communities served by the Alameda County Fire Department(ACFD), Alameda Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC), which is managed by the ACFD.

“Alameda County is the first multi-agency regional dispatch center to deploy PulsePoint,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation. “Our staff was continually impressed with the speed and completeness of their implementation.”

“As the Interim Fire Chief of Alameda County, I am so proud that we are able to leverage this technology to help save lives in the community we care so deeply about,” said Chief Shaffer.

The PulsePoint app also provides a virtual window into select 911 emergency communication centers giving users of mobile devices real-time access to emergency activity as it is occurring. Users are able to view active incidents, including the current response status of dispatched units, and instantly pinpoint incident location on an interactive map. Users also can choose to be notified of incidents by type when they are dispatched and monitor emergency radio traffic via this modern version of the traditional fire scanner.

The PulsePoint app has received several international awards including an American Heart Association 2012 Heart of Gold Award, an IADAS 2012 Webby Nomination for the Best Use of GPS or Location Technology, the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence, a CTIA-The Wireless Association 2011 VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, and a 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureate Award for Innovation. Additional information about the PulsePoint app can be found at www.pulsepoint.org.

Alameda County PulsePoint Press Conference

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September 5, 2012 | by

Alameda County Fire Agencies to Reveal Free, Life-Saving Smartphone App


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 5, 2012

CONTACT: David A. Rocha, Deputy Fire Chief
(510) 693‐3402

** MEDIA ADVISORY ** MEDIA ADVISORY ** MEDIA ADVISORY **

What
Alameda County Fire Department, the City of Alameda Fire Department, the Fremont Fire Department and the Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Department, will host a media event to announce the release of a new state‐of‐the‐art Smartphone Application (App), PulsePoint, which will empower citizens to provide life‐saving assistance throughout Alameda County.

When and Where
Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 1:30PM to 2:30PM
Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568

Who
Speakers will include Interim Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer, PulsePoint Foundation President & San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Fire Chief Richard Price, Livermore/Pleasanton Fire Chief Jim Miguel and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Alex Briscoe.

Summary
Alameda County is the first multi‐agency regional dispatch center to deploy PulsePoint, an innovative, Global Positioning System (GPS) powered iPhone and Android App which will allow community members to provide life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Made possible by funding from the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, App subscribers that have indicated they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can now be alerted if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. If the cardiac emergency is in a public place, the App, using advanced GPS technology, will notify community members in the vicinity of the need for CPR. The App also directs the “community responder” to the exact location of the closest public access Automated External Defibrillator.

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April 10, 2012 | by

PulsePoint App nominated for International Webby Award

Webby Award NomineePLEASANTON, CA – The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has nominated the lifesaving PulsePoint App for the their prestigious Best Use of GPS or Location Technology award. The “Webby” award nominations were announced on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in New York City, with PulsePoint being one of only five mobile apps worldwide honored by nomination.

“PulsePoint is an innovative location-aware mobile application that empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest,” said Richard Price, President of the PulsePoint Foundation. “We are very excited by the prospect of receiving the Internet’s most respected symbol of success. We are equally proud of our partners at Workday, Inc. (www.workday.com) and the volunteers throughout their organization that truly made this app possible.”

“We are proud to see the effort of many members of our talented development team recognized for helping to create an innovative service that has a profound impact on others,” said Petros Dermetzis, Vice President of Development at Workday. “Workday congratulates PulsePoint in achieving significant success with its app and mission to save lives.”

Webby LogoHailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby is presented by IADAS, comprised of a thousand-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.

The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, President & Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group Arianna Huffington, Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone, “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, foursquare Co-founder Dennis Crowely, Chairman and Founder of R/GA Bob Greenberg, Founder of Flipboard Mike McCue, actress Lisa Kudrow, Co-founder of Thrillist Ben Lerer, and actor Adrian Grenier. Members also include writers and editors from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, Details, Fast Company, Elle, and The Los Angeles Times. The 15th Annual Webby Awards received entries from over 60 countries.

“Nominees like PulsePoint are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on mobile devices,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year.” Webby winners will be announced on May 1, 2012 and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 21, 2012 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. From now until April 27th, PulsePoint fans can cast their votes in the Webby People’s Voice Awards by visiting http://pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/71.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
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 trained 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. For more information visit http://pulsepoint.org

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

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