April 11, 2017 | by

Priority Dispatch and PulsePoint Announce Global Strategic Partnership

Industry Leaders Team Up to Help Emergency Communication Centers Connect Citizen Responders with Lifesaving AEDs

Priority Dispatch: Adam Hinckley, (800) 363-9127
PulsePoint: Shannon Smith, (773) 339-7513

NEW ORLEANS (April 12, 2017)—Priority Dispatch Corp. (“PDC”) and the PulsePoint Foundation (“PulsePoint”) today announced a global, strategic partnership that will optimize the way Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) pinpoint and communicate the location of automated external defibrillators (AED) during time-critical cardiac emergencies. Through this partnership, the organizations unveiled integration plans that allow EMDs to inform callers of the exact location of nearby AEDs directly within existing medical dispatch protocols and with no changes to workflow. The announcement was made at Navigator, the annual premier conference for police, fire, medical and nurse triage dispatch, hosted by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED.)

“With this new integration, the dispatcher may no longer need to ask if there is an AED available when a caller reports an unconscious, unresponsive victim,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. “The EMD will now be shown a distance-ordered list of all nearby devices directly from the PulsePoint global registry.”

Each year in the U.S., there are approximately 360,000 Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-assessed cardiac arrests outside of a hospital and on average, less than 10 percent of victims survive. Communities with comprehensive AED programs that include CPR and AED training for rescuers have achieved survival rates of nearly 40 percent for cardiac arrest victims.

“Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when applied early in cardiac arrest can more than double survival,” said Bryan McNally, MD, Executive Director of the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) Program. “Although less than 12 percent of cardiac arrests that occur in public receive bystander AED treatment more than 33 percent of these patients survive. Routinely making lay responders more aware of public AEDs has the potential to save thousands of lives each year nationally.”

Although AED availability in public places is increasing, their use remains negligible. Low utilization has been attributed partly to citizen rescuers being unfamiliar with the devices and unaware of their location. Unfortunately, most EMDs don’t have access to AED installations and are unable to tell a caller where the nearest one might be.

“The routine use of AEDs is predicated on both the EMD and the caller’s ability to locate and retrieve the device promptly for immediate use at the patient’s side,” said Jeff Clawson, MD, inventor of the Priority Dispatch System and co-founder of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. “This is greatly enhanced by the smooth collaboration of both the medical priority dispatch system, MPDS, when used in ProQA and PulsePoints’ enhanced AED registry and responder program. This will undoubtedly improve SCA survival significantly for the better.”

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About Priority Dispatch Corporation
Priority Dispatch Corp.™ (PDC) is the world leader in providing research-based protocol solutions to emergency call centers in medical, fire, police, and nurse triage disciplines. For more than 35 years, EMS and 911 agencies have used the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS), first with cards and now in software. It has been translated into 21 languages and dialects and is currently in place in 46 countries. Find more information at prioritydispatch.net.

About International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED)
The IAED is a non-profit standard-setting organization promoting safe and effective emergency dispatch services world-wide. With more than 65,000 members, It is comprised of four allied Academies for medical, fire, police, and nurse triage dispatching. The IAED supports best practices through education, training, quality assurance, certification, accreditation, and research. It’s annual conference, Navigator, attracts more than 1,200 dispatchers, educators, and leaders from around the world. Learn more at: emergencydispatch.org.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Learn more at pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, but the heart continues to beat. Each year, nearly 360,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. Survival rates nationally for SCA are nearly eight percent, but delivery of CPR can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain. However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR. Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average EMS response time is nine minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

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March 27, 2017 | by

CSFD Brings Lifesaving Technology to Coral Springs and Parkland via PulsePoint, a 9-1-1 Integrated Mobile App

Coral Springs – Today, the Coral Springs Fire Department joined the PulsePoint Foundation and CTIA Wireless Foundation to extend life-saving technology in Broward County via the PulsePoint Respond app. The event was held at Fire Station 80 and was highlighted by messages from Mayor Skip Campbell, Fire Chief Frank Babinec and CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou. The speakers detailed the benefits of the mobile app, which alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity so they may administer aid.

The app also notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest. PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification, as it can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“Bringing PulsePoint and the AED registry to the region significantly strengthens the Chain of Survival in our community,” said Babinec. “It gives our residents and visitors the ability to know when a cardiac arrest is occurring close by, locate AEDs in the area, and perform potentially lifesaving CPR while our personnel respond to the scene.” Throughout the year, the Coral Springs Fire Department responds to nearly 15,000 incidents, including more than 100 cardiac arrest events.

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“By directly alerting those who are qualified and nearby, possibly in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint is able to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation. The latest AHA guidelines, published in Circulation, state that such community programs could increase bystander CPR to the roughly 326,000 cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital each year.

“The project expands PulsePoint coverage to the 155,850 residents of the City of Coral Springs and the City of Parkland over an area of nearly 37 square miles,” said Babinec. “The local system will also be supported by large numbers of existing PulsePoint users already living and traveling within Broward County.”

“Advancements in mobile technology such as location awareness, high-speed networks and apps that tap into a community’s open data are enabling individuals to connect directly with local governments and public safety organizations. This enhances quality of life for all citizens, and in the case of PulsePoint, actually empowers the community to help save lives,” said Polydorou. “On behalf of CTIA Wireless Foundation, I congratulate Coral Springs Fire Chief Frank Babinec and his team for embracing wireless technology to improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest outcomes. We are proud to sponsor this launch so that this life-saving app could be deployed at no cost to residents of Coral Springs and Parkland.”

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

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Contact:
Michael Moser, Division Chief
Public Information Officer
(754) 224-1982 – Cellular
mmoser@coralsprings.org

Source: Coral Springs Fire Department

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February 22, 2017 | by

Honolulu EMS Brings Lifesaving Technology to the Island via PulsePoint, a 9-1-1 Integrated Mobile App

PulsePoint Respond empowers CPR-trained citizens and off-duty professionals to provide critical assistance to cardiac arrest victims

HONOLULU, February 22, 2017 – Today, Honolulu Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (HONEMS) joined the PulsePoint Foundation and CTIA Wireless Foundation to bring life-saving technology to Oahu via the PulsePoint Respond app. The event was held at the Nu’uanu YMCA in Honolulu and was highlighted by messages from Senator Mazie Hirono, Honolulu City and County Managing Director Roy Amemiya, Honolulu EMS Chief Dean Nakano and CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou. The speakers detailed the benefits of the mobile app, which alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity so they may administer aid.

The app also notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification, as it can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“We are proud to be the first agency in Hawaii to implement PulsePoint,” said Nakano. “It gives our residents and visitors the ability to know when a cardiac arrest is occurring close by, to respond quickly and to attempt potentially lifesaving CPR while our paramedics respond to the scene.”

The PulsePoint app also provides users with an active display of all local AEDs. On average, Honolulu EMS responds to 250 daily calls for service; including more than 700 cardiac arrest events annually.

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“By directly alerting those who are qualified and nearby, possibly in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint is able to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation.

The latest AHA guidelines, published in Circulation, state that such community programs could increase bystander CPR to the roughly 326,000 cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital each year.

“The project expands PulsePoint coverage to the City and County of Honolulu and the 950,000 Oahu residents over an area of 597 square miles,” said Nakano.

“Mobile technology has transitioned from a luxury to a necessity, and the PulsePoint app exemplifies how wireless can help save lives,” said Polydorou. “By implementing this and other vital Smart City technology, Honolulu is making its residents safer and more connected. CTIA Wireless Foundation applauds those efforts and is proud to sponsor the deployment of PulsePoint, bringing this life-saving service to the people of Honolulu at no cost to Honolulu EMS.”

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

About Honolulu EMS
The mission of Honolulu Emergency Medical Services is to provide quality emergency medical care to residents and visitors of Oahu, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our philosophy is “‘O Ka Mea Ma’i Ka Mua” or “The person sick is first.” The EMS division is led by Chief Dean Nakano employed with 140 paramedics and 108 emergency medical technicians who serve the City and County of Honolulu. The island is divided into three divisions which include 20 EMS stations. Each year EMS responds to over 90,000 calls and transports over 60,000 patients.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. CTIA Wireless Foundation is a key sponsor and advocate of PulsePoint, providing industry and financial support. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play. (we will include links)

About CTIA Wireless Foundation
CTIA Wireless Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to enhance American communities. Its innovative programs leverage mobile technology to provide consumer benefits in two key areas: health and safety. The Foundation was formed by CTIA® member companies in 1991. Learn more at www.wirelessfoundation.org.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, but the heart continues to beat. Each year, more than 420,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent, but delivery of CPR can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain. However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR. Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average EMS response time is nine minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

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Contact:
Honolulu EMS: Shayne Enright, (808) 777-9608
PulsePoint: Shannon Smith, (773) 339-7513
CTIA: Jilane Rodgers Petrie, (202) 736-3245

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February 14, 2017 | by

Pilot Program Leverages Off-Duty Professional Firefighters, Technology and Defibrillators to Save Lives

Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by ten percent with every passing minute without CPR.*

Though survival rates in the Northwest exceed the national average, a coalition of professional first responders, clinicians, researchers and a leading medical equipment manufacturer aim to make the region the frontrunner in cardiac arrest response and survival.

The PulsePoint Foundation, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, International Association of Firefighters Local 1660 and automatic external defibrillator (AED) manufacturer Philips Healthcare have partnered to launch the Verified Responder Pilot Program that will activate off-duty professional firefighters to respond to cardiac arrest calls in public and private settings. Participating professional firefighters are also certified emergency medical technicians or paramedics who receive background checks in the state of Oregon.

Philips Healthcare is loaning every participating firefighter an AED so that if they respond, they can employ the same technology that is used by emergency medical responders and physicians to restart a heart that has stopped beating. The effort will gather important data from the pilot and combine it with existing technology and clinical insights to inform future lifesaving strategies and products. During the pilot, King County EMS (WA) will be assisting in programmatic evaluation for potential expansion to additional communities. King County currently leads the nation in survival rates for cardiac arrest victims.

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Quotes from participating organizations in Verified Responder Pilot Program:

PulsePoint Foundation
“In the way PulsePoint Respond has engaged citizens to respond to public cardiac arrests, the Verified Responder Pilot Program could fundamentally change how off-duty first responders are utilized during time-critical emergencies occurring in private locations. First responders typically see one-third of personnel on-duty while two-thirds are off-duty. By automatically notifying nearby off-duty professionals when dispatching first responders, the potential to save lives on incidents such as cardiac arrest increases significantly.”

“Firefighters know all too well that their skills are sometimes needed when off-the-clock. In some ways, PulsePoint Verified Responder simply formalizes the ‘always in service’ dedication and full time commitment that comes with the badge. The PulsePoint Foundation salutes the TVF&R firefighters for their leadership in this pilot program and for their strengthened pledge of around-the-clock service to the community.”
– Richard Price, president and founder of the PulsePoint Foundation

Philips Healthcare
“Despite the widespread availability of AEDs today, people are not always aware of them and don’t know how easy they are to use. People may still hesitate to intervene when someone is experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. We understand that the moments between someone’s heart stopping and when the emergency responders get to the scene are crucial, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of this important pilot program. The faster help is able to intervene, the greater opportunity for another life saved.”
-Joe Sovak, General Manager, Emergency Care and Resuscitation, Philips.

King County EMS
“This program has great potential to save lives. If demonstrated effective it will serve as a model for the rest of the nation.”
-Mickey Eisenberg, MD, PhD, Director of Medical QI, King County EMS

“In resuscitation, rescuers are literally snatching life from the jaws of death. This challenge is great and we need to take advantage of innovative ideas if we are to save more lives from cardiac arrest. The Verified Responder program is a remarkable community project – the first of its kind in the US – that brings together the best of public service, technology, and medical care to save lives from cardiac arrest. The program may transform the way we approach this leading cause of death and provide a new and effective strategy for resuscitation.”
-Tom Rea, MD, Medical Program Director, King County EMS

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
“Sudden cardiac arrest remains a major killer in the United States. Although survival has improved in some communities, there is large geographic variation across the country with survival rates ranging from 1% to 20%. Two of the key links in the American Heart Association’s “Chain of Survival” are early CPR and timely defibrillation. The PulsePoint Verified Responder program addresses both of these needs in communities that are trying to improve their survival. TVFR has been actively involved in ways to improve survival from SCA and was the first fire agency to introduce Pulse Point in Oregon. Our line personnel are dedicated to reversing the tragedy of SCA which often strikes its victims without any warning. We are honored to be part of this pilot effort that has the potential to improve survival rates dramatically in the United States.”
-Mohamud Daya, MD, EMS Medical Director for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Washington County

Consolidated Communications Agency (9-1-1)
“Four years ago, we were the first fire department in Oregon to launch PulsePoint’s app for citizen responders. We are humbled to partner with them again as the first agency to pilot the Verified Responder program and hope that it’s the beginning of a national movement. Having lost my own father from sudden cardiac arrest, I am personally and professionally committed to sparing other families from potential heartbreak.”
-Fire Chief Mike Duyck, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and CTIA Wireless Foundation is a key sponsor and advocate of PulsePoint, providing industry and financial support. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

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Source: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue

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January 29, 2017 | by

Albuquerque paramedic recognized by Mayor for “off-the-clock” response

David ZamoraDavid Zamora was recognized for helping someone suffering a heart-attack while off the clock using the PulsePoint app. The app is linked to the dispatch system and lets people know if someone is in need of medical help in a public place near them.

Zamora said he and his wife had been shopping all day when he got the alert that someone needed CPR. He was honored for his effort, but Zamora said his wife is the real hero.

“This came right at the end where I promised her we would be home. She could see that it was nagging on me and she said, ‘Turn around, let’s go check.’”


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Source: KRQE News 13

November 23, 2016 | by

Off-duty Salem firefighter saves life with app’s help

Fire Captain Greg Sanberg

Fire Captain Greg Sanberg was running errands in Salem this spring when an app on his phone alerted him about a medical emergency at a nearby motel.

This wasn’t a chance Facebook or Twitter post: With the help of the mobile app, the off-duty firefighter was able to locate a woman in cardiac arrest.

Sanberg, 47, performed chest compressions. The woman began to breathe around the time emergency responders arrived, he said.

“It was just as sliver of time when I was that close to that person,” he said.

The app is called PulsePoint. City officials say it has helped boost Salem’s cardiac arrest save rate to 80 percent, one of the highest in the Pacific Northwest.

PulsePoint works by giving users a heads-up when someone nearby is experiencing cardiac arrest. Users can tell the app they are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR.

The app lets users report where they see automated external defibrillators in the community. It lists events like traffic collisions and fire alarms, too.

In October, a little more than 5,000 Salem-area users had signed up with PulsePoint, and city officials are urging more people to use it.

The city says more people are being trained in CPR, including more than 2,700 eight-grade students who also learned how to use defibrillators last year. The city estimates up to 3,000 students are going to be trained similarly this year.

“It’s very important for everyone to have these basic skills in order to save a loved one,” Salem Fire Department Chief Mike Niblock said in a news release, noting that more than half of sudden cardiac arrests in Salem happen inside peoples’ homes.

As far as Sanberg is concerned, the more people on PulsePoint, the more likely it is to save a person’s life.

“We only have 150 people in our fire department,” he said, comparing that to the thousands of app users. And the potential for being an everyday hero doesn’t stop in Salem – the app can be used in cities around the nation, from Seattle to Pittsburgh.

“You could be across the county and save somebody’s life,” Sandberg said.

Source: Jonathan Bach, Statesman Journal

October 12, 2016 | by

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Brings Lifesaving Technology to Region via 9-1-1 Integrated Smartphone App

PulsePoint Respond empowers CPR-trained citizens and off-duty professionals to provide critical assistance to cardiac arrest victims

UPPER MARLBORO, MD, October 12, 2016 – Today, the Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department (PGFD) joined the PulsePoint Foundation and CTIA Wireless Foundation to bring life-saving technology to the County via the PulsePoint Respond app. The event was held at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover. County Executive Rushern Baker was joined by PGFD Fire Chief Marc Bashoor and CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director Athena Polydorou to highlight the benefits of this mobile app that alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity so they may administer aid.

The app also notifies users of the closest available Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Early application of bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED have proven to be crucial in improving a person’s chance of surviving sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). PulsePoint is not limited to emergency responders or those with official CPR certification. It can be used by anyone who has been trained in CPR.

“We are proud to be the first Fire/EMS Department in the NCR to implement PulsePoint,” said Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. “It gives our residents and visitors the ability to know when a cardiac arrest is occurring close by, to respond quickly, and to attempt potentially lifesaving CPR while our paramedics travel to the scene.”

The PulsePoint app also provides users with a display of PGFD’s active and recent incidents County-wide. On average, PGFD responds to 400 daily calls for service; more than 80 percent are for emergency medical services.

“By directly alerting those who are qualified and nearby, maybe in the business next door or on the floor above, PulsePoint is able to put the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Richard Price, President of the California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit PulsePoint Foundation.

The latest AHA guidelines, published in Circulation, state that such community programs could increase bystander CPR to the roughly 326,000 cardiac arrests that happen outside the hospital each year.

“The project expands PulsePoint coverage to the 900,000 citizens of Prince George’s County over an area of 499 square miles,” said Brian Frankel, Assistant Fire Chief, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. “PulsePoint is a powerful new tool for us to engage with our community to improve cardiac arrest survival rates.”

“By connecting those in critical need with CPR-trained individuals, the PulsePoint app is saving lives across America. We’re proud to be a key sponsor of PulsePoint so that Prince George’s County residents will benefit from this inventive app that leverages Americans’ mobile-first lifestyles,” said Athena Polydorou, Executive Director of CTIA Wireless Foundation.

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

About Prince George’s County Fire/EMS
The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department is one of the largest and busiest combination, volunteer and career, Departments in the Country, if not, the world. We responded to a total of over 140,000 calls for service last year. Eighty percent of these incidents are EMS-related.

About the PulsePoint Foundation
PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through the use of location-aware mobile devices, PulsePoint is building applications that work with local public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens, empowering them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Deployment of the PulsePoint app can significantly strengthen the “chain of survival” by improving bystander response to cardiac arrest victims and increasing the chance that lifesaving steps will be taken prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS). PulsePoint is built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. CTIA Wireless Foundation is a key sponsor and advocate of PulsePoint, providing industry and financial support. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter. The free app is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.

About CTIA Wireless Foundation
CTIA Wireless Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to enhance American communities. Its innovative programs leverage mobile technology to provide consumer benefits in two key areas: health and safety. The Foundation was formed by CTIA® member companies in 1991. Learn more at www.wirelessfoundation.org.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Although a heart attack can lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the two are not the same. SCA is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly, whereas a heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, but the heart continues to beat. Each year, more than 420,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. Survival rates nationally for SCA are less than eight percent, but delivery of CPR can sustain life until paramedics arrive by maintaining vital blood flow to the heart and brain. However, only about a third of SCA victims receive bystander CPR. Without CPR, brain damage or death can occur in minutes. The average EMS response time is nine minutes, even in urban settings; after 10 minutes there is little chance of successful resuscitation. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after SCA, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.

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Contact:
Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson
(240) 508-7930
mebrady@co.pg.md.us
@PGFDPIO

Source: Prince George’s County

July 7, 2016 | by

Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Announce Launch of Lifesaving Smartphone Application

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and City of Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman today announced initiatives to improve public safety services and empower residents to take action while awaiting response by EMS professionals. The press event, which also included partners from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine, announced the launch of PulsePoint Response, a smartphone application to alert CPR-trained citizens of nearby cardiac arrest incidents and emergencies requiring CPR.

“We know that mere minutes can save peoples’ lives and through this public-private partnership, we have the ability to allow citizens offer that lifesaving help,” said Fitzgerald. “We thank Councilman Gilman for bringing this to us and for the partnership with Mayor Peduto and UPMC. We are also grateful for the work that Allegheny County Emergency Services put in on this project to allow this launch to happen.”

The PulsePoint app works directly with the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system of the Allegheny County Emergency Services 911 Center. When an incident requiring an AED or CPR is reported to 911, citizen users of the app and trained EMS professionals will simultaneously receive a notification of the emergency, thereby increasing a patient’s chance of survival.

Mayor Peduto and Councilman Gilman also announced the expansion of a CPR training program for residents of the City of Pittsburgh. Data shows that each minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 7-10 percent. Bystander intervention in the critical early moments of sudden cardiac arrest can increase blood flow to the brain and heart and according to the American Heart Association, can double or triple an individual’s chance for survival.

“PulsePoint brings together so much of what is great about Pittsburgh, from being a leader in both technology and health care, to being the home residents and public safety personnel who are always there to help one another,” said Peduto.

Councilman Gilman will introduce legislation next week to require the registration of AED devices, an effort that will inform the UPMC Heart Map program and ReLive initiative, as well as provide integration of the information into the 911 Center and PulsePoint application.

“Bringing PulsePoint, an expanded CPR training program, and the AED registry to the Pittsburgh region will empower residents to become Good Samaritans and assist our award-winning EMS professionals to save lives during cardiac arrest incidents,” said Gilman. “I am thrilled to launch PulsePoint, a prime example of the power of technology to save lives.”

Allegheny County dispatches for 115 of the 130 municipalities, although all 911 calls come into the Allegheny County 911 Center. This app, and the shared data, will be available to all 42 EMS agencies in the county. Our leadership will begin reaching out in the near future to make those connections through the county’s EMS Council, the Local Emergency Planning Council (LEPC) and other organizations.

Allegheny County Emergency Services will also be working with volunteer and paid fire agencies throughout the county to share information on the app and resources available. Additionally, the department will be assisting in reaching out to all public safety entities within Allegheny County (police, fire, EMS, hospital staff, colleges and universities) to share the use and benefits of PulsePoint. All outreach will begin in the next few months, but interested entities can also contact Emergency Services directly at 412-473-1000.

Both the PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED apps are now available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play.

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Office of the County Executive
101 Courthouse • 436 Grant Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone (412) 350-6500 • Fax (412) 350-6512
www.alleghenycounty.us • executive@alleghenycounty.us

Office of the Mayor
512 City-County Building • 414 Grant Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone (412) 255-2626 • Fax (412) 255-2687
www.PittsburghPA.gov

Office of Pittsburgh City Council District 8
510 City-County Building • 414 Grant Street • Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone (412) 255-2133 • Fax (412) 255-0738
www.PittsburghPA.gov/District8

SOURCE: Allegheny County (Press Release)

June 1, 2016 | by

Medic One Foundation and Seattle Fire Urge Citizens to Download New Life-Saving Mobile App

Goal is to recruit 15,000 PulsePoint Citizen Responders

SEATTLE (June 1, 2016) – Medic One Foundation and the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) announced today the launch of PulsePoint, a free life-saving mobile app. The Seattle Fire Department is the first agency to launch PulsePoint in King County and hopes to recruit 15,000 PulsePoint citizen responders.

PulsePoint is like an AMBER alert for sudden cardiac arrest victims. It uses location-based technology to alert citizens to a sudden cardiac arrest in their immediate vicinity so that they can start CPR in the critical life-saving minutes before first responders arrive.

With funding from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing, the Medic One Foundation is working with local fire departments in King and Snohomish counties to bring PulsePoint to additional communities throughout the region.

PulsePoint’s launch was officially announced at Seattle’s historic Fire Station #10 by Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins and Mayor Ed Murray. Sharing in the PulsePoint app announcement and highlighting the impact it will have on saving lives were Jan Sprake, Medic One Foundation executive director, Dr. Michael Sayre, SFD medical director, Heather Kelley, a sudden cardiac arrest survivor, and Kelsey Camp, 2016 President of the Employees Community Fund of Boeing.

“People living and working in Seattle have access to emergency life-saving care that is second to none in the world, thanks to our Medic One system,” said Mayor Ed Murray.  “With PulsePoint, we can boost our sudden cardiac arrest survival rate even higher.”

“When sudden cardiac arrest strikes, each minute without CPR reduces the chance of survival by 7-10 percent, so early bystander CPR and rapid defibrillation from an AED is crucial,” said Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. “I am proud to join with the Medic One Foundation, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and first responders everywhere to urge all citizens to learn CPR, download PulsePoint and help us save lives. You are a critical link in the chain of survival for sudden cardiac arrest victims.”

The free PulsePoint app is available for iPhone and Android and can be downloaded from the iTunes Store and Google Play. For more information about PulsePoint and CPR training, visit www.mediconefoundation.org.

About the Medic One Foundation
The Medic One Foundation’s mission is to save lives by improving pre-hospital emergency care. We fund extraordinary training for our region’s paramedics and innovative research to develop new methods of pre-hospital emergency care that improve survival rates and patient outcomes. The Medic One Foundation is a major reason why Seattle and King County have a survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest that is among the highest in the world. For more information, or to get involved, go to www.mediconefoundation.org.

About the Seattle Fire Department
The Seattle Fire Department provides emergency medical care and fire suppression services to the community of Seattle through 33 fire stations strategically placed throughout the city. In 2015, SFD responded to 92,852 fire and medical emergencies. The department’s mission is to minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fires, medical emergencies and other disasters. Additional information about the Seattle Fire Department can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/fire.

About the Employees Community Fund of Boeing
The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound, known as ECF, is an employee-owned and managed charitable giving program. Since 1951, generous Boeing employees have contributed over $600,000,000 to Puget Sound nonprofits. ECF grants enable Health & Human Service agencies to purchase much-needed equipment, renovate their facilities and build new construction that directly benefit their clients. ECF also funds local United Ways that invest ECF dollars to support hundreds of nonprofit programs. The Employees Community Fund has funded $436,750 via two major grants to Medic One Foundation.

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Contact:
Lee Keller
(206) 799-3805
lee@thekellergroup.com

Corey Orvold
(206) 250-1892
Corey.Orvold@seattle.gov

Source: Medic One Foundation, Seattle Fire Department

March 25, 2016 | by

PulsePoint President Richard Price named to Government Technology’s Top 25 innovators in the public sector

Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, Drivers Revealed

Honorees cut through the public sector’s barriers to
innovation and succeed in improving services to citizens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March 24, 2016 – Government Technology announced its 2016 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers – 25 individuals or teams who exemplify transformative use of technology that’s improving the way government does business and serves its citizens.

Showcased in the April/May issue of Government Technology magazine, this year’s list includes public and private sector technology leaders focused on customer-centric services, transparent operations, innovative processes and pioneering partnerships.

“This year’s Top 25 have a record of using technology to solve problems, improve citizen services and transform internal operations,” said Noelle Knell, editor, Government Technology magazine. “These are the people that have found ways to cut through the public sector’s barriers to innovation — tight budgets, organizational inertia, politics as usual, etc. — to reshape government operations for the better.”

Read the winners’ stories here.

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Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2016:

Harry Black, City Manager, Cincinnati

Maury Blackman, CEO, Accela

Michael Bott, Assistant Comptroller and CIO, New York City Office of the Comptroller

Charles Catlett, Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago

Barbara Cohn, Chief Data Officer, New York

David Couch, K-12 CIO and Associate Commissioner of the Office of KIDS, Kentucky

Richard Culatta, Chief Innovation Officer, Rhode Island

Jack Dangermond, Founder and President, Esri

Mikey Dickerson, Administrator, U.S. Digital Service

Dickie Howze, CIO, Louisiana

Waldo Jaquith, Director, U.S. Open Data

Jessica Kahn, Director of the Data and Systems Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

William Kosinetz, CIO, Sussex County, N.J.

Thom Little, Director of Curriculum Development and Research, State Legislative Leaders Foundation

Craig Orgeron, CIO, Mississippi

Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets, Boston

Sachin Pavithran, Chairman, United States Access Board

Richard Price, Founder and President, PulsePoint Foundation

Calvin Rhodes, CIO, Georgia

Jorge Salinas, Assistant City Manager and CIO, Albany, Ore.

Ed Winfield, CIO, Wayne County, Mich., Department of Technology

Steve Zink, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, Nevada System of Higher Education

Team California

  • Tim Garza, IT Director, California Natural Resources Agency, and CIO, California Department of Water Resources
  • Rita Gass, CIO, California Conservation Corps
  • John Laird, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
  • Tom Lupo, CIO, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Phil Minas, CIO, California Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Ronald Ralph, CIO, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Team San Francisco

  • Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer
  • Miguel Gamiño, CIO
  • Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer

Team Obama
(This award acknowledges the leadership of the Obama administration in bringing on the first federal CIO and CTO; committing to openness through the Open Data Act and open government initiatives; creating agencies like 18F and the U.S. Digital Service; and investing in smart cities, cybersecurity and community broadband.)

Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers annual award program has recognized nearly 400 people since its inception in 2002. Recipients are chosen based on their record of using technology to solve problems, improve citizen services and transform internal operations.

About Government Technology | www.govtech.com
Government Technology is about solving problems in state and local government through the smart use of technology. Government Technology is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

Media Contact:
Margaret Mohr | Chief Marketing Officer
mmohr@erepublic.com | 916-932-1364

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