February 14, 2012 | by

New Mobile Phone App to Help Save Lives Announced by San José Fire Department and El Camino Hospital

SJFD LogoSAN JOSE, Calif. – A free CPR “citizen responder” mobile phone application will help save lives through a new partnership between the San José Fire Department and El Camino Hospital.

The PulsePoint app enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States. San José is the nation’s largest city to utilize PulsePoint’s location-aware technology. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android smart phones.

“The first few minutes after a sudden cardiac arrest are critical for saving lives, and this app will help citizens provide immediate assistance,” said San José Mayor Chuck Reed. “Technology can help us build a safer, stronger and healthier community, and our partnership with El Camino Hospital to bring PulsePoint to San José is a wonderful example of this commitment at no cost to us.”

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. The app uses sophisticated location-based services to alert citizens in a public place of the need for CPR. The application also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the nearest publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED).

The PulsePoint app will be made available to additional communities in Santa Clara County over the next year.

“We’re making it very easy to empower citizens of San Jose who can help with CPR when every second counts,” said San José Fire Chief William McDonald. “Timing is crucial for saving a life during cardiac arrest, and a notification to someone close by who can perform CPR can make all the difference.”

The City of San José has installed 190 AEDs in libraries, community centers and other public locations. The City has also installed 40 AEDs at the San Jose International Airport so victims of cardiac arrest can have a greater chance of survival.

El Camino Hospital Logo“Bringing this leading-edge lifesaving tool to the residents of San José is part of our ongoing commitment to improve the health and well being of our community,” said Tomi Ryba, president and CEO of El Camino Hospital. “We encourage everyone to become trained in CPR in order to extend the benefits of this mobile application and save lives.”

“Once a sudden cardiac arrest begins, chances of that person surviving decrease 10 percent for every minute that passes without resuscitation; after 10 minutes there is little chance for successful resuscitation,” said Chad Rammohan, MD, FACC, medical director of the Chest Pain Center at El Camino Hospital. “Citizen responders can help stop the clock by starting CPR immediately and help increase the individual’s chances for survival until paramedics arrive. Recent advances in hospital management including cooling or therapeutic hypothermia have made a significant difference in meaningful recovery.”

While difficult to quantify how many lives have been saved from bystander intervention since CPR was developed by the American Heart Association in 1960, the stories of people like sudden cardiac arrest survivor Theresa Doede underscore the important role that everyday individuals trained in CPR can play.

“I survived an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest while attending a Christmas party on December 11, 2010,” said Ms. Doede. “I have no brain injury due to a willing bystander beginning CPR within moments of my collapse.”

The PulsePoint app is available for download free at both the Apple iPhone App Store and in the Android Market.

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 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. Additional information about the PulsePoint app can be found at www.pulsepoint.org.

About Sudden Cardiac Death
Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating, resulting in no blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year in the United States, with a median reported survival-to-hospital-discharge rate of 8 percent.

Rapidly implementing the “chain of survival” model can help increase the chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest. The steps in the chain include activation of emergency medical services by calling 9-1-1, starting CPR, using an AED and acquiring appropriate care.

About the San José Fire Department
The San José Fire Department is committed to excellence in public safety. It embraces innovative approaches to meet the evolving needs of the diverse city of San José and works in partnership with the community to achieve a fire and hazard safe environment. The San José Fire Department consists of 650 authorized sworn personnel, 44 non-sworn uniformed Fire Communication Dispatchers, and 57 civilian personnel. It protects 206 square miles and approximately 1.2 million residents. Its mission is to serve the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. More information can be found at www.sjfd.org

About El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 542-bed, not-for-profit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to state-of-the-art emergency departments, key medical specialties include heart and vascular, cancer care, urology, orthopedic and spine, neuroscience, genomic medicine, and the only Women’s Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care. More information can be found at www.elcaminohospital.org.

About PulsePoint
PulsePoint is a 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 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 help reduce the estimated 1 million worldwide annual deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. More information about PulsePoint can be found at www.pulsepoint.org.

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

February 12, 2012 | by

Workday Recognition

With the PulsePoint multi-jursidiction Android app now in the Android Market and the new PulsePoint multi-jursidiction iOS app submitted to the Apple App Store for approval, the PulsePoint Foundation hosted a luncheon at Workday Headquarters in Pleasanton, California last week to recognize the amazing volunteer force that helped bring these apps and universal interface to reality.

PulsePoint Award of Appreciation

PulsePoint Award of Appreciation

The life-saving PulsePoint solution is available at no cost to participating agencies largely due to the individual effort of many generous and compassionate people coming together for the common good. Hats off to the following workday volunteers recognized at this event: Aneel Bhusri, Michael Bonadio, Jason Boyle, Attila Bukta, Scot Campbell, Nick Cooper, Petros Dermetzis, Dave Duffield, Dwight Holman, Howard Klein, Joe Korngiebel, Frank Law, Rory Martin, John McGlone, Girish Reddy, Jon Ruggiero, Jay Schultz, Raul da Silva and Stan Zilberleyb.

The award text included, “For your commitment and dedication to saving the lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims through the development of the PulsePoint application and services.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.