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PulsePoint Named a Top Heart Disease App of the Year

best-apps-badge-2014-heart-disease-375px Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a life-saving tool if someone nearby goes into cardiac arrest. PulsePoint is a one-of-a-kind app that matches those in need with those who can help instantly.

Location-based services allow users who are trained in CPR provide assistance to someone experiencing a cardiac event. If you’re signed up as a provider, you’ll get an alert when someone in your area needs emergency CPR.

See the winners at Healthline.

Written by Erica Roth. Winners selected by Tracy Rosecrans. Medically Reviewed on May 19, 2014 by Kenneth R. Hirsch, MD

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August 24, 2013 | by

PulsePoint among “The 7 Best Heart Disease iPhone & Android Apps of 2013”

278x278_Best_Heart_Disease_Apps_of_2013_1Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A staggering 715,000 Americans have heart attacks every year. The good news is that many types of heart disease are preventable through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Let technology give you a helping hand in the prevention of heart disease. We’ve examined scores of apps at the iTunes Store and Google Play and found some inexpensive options that can help keep you heart-healthy.

Read the full story by Erica Roth at Healthline.

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March 28, 2013 | by

Saving Lives with an App

Mobile app notifies registrants when CPR is needed

Chief PriceRichard Price had an idea that grew into a smartphone application, and then a foundation, that may very well change the way EMS responds to cardiac arrest calls. The idea will certainly save lives, and it all started at a deli over a pastrami and rye.

Birth of an App
“I was out to lunch and was sitting in a deli with a few other people when I heard sirens in the distance,” Price says. “The sirens got louder, and then they pulled up right in front of the deli where I was eating.”

It turned out that the EMS crews were responding to a cardiac arrest call in the building next door. “If I had known, I could have made a difference. I know CPR and I have an AED in my car,” Price says. The event made him think about his smartphone and how the device knew his location and could tell someone else. “The idea came that we could possibly notify someone who was nearby an event using his or her phone,” he says.

That was three years ago, and the result of that event, and Price’s subsequent idea, has been the creation of PulsePoint, which was launched in 2012. Though the technology is sophisticated, taking hundreds of hours and many people to bring the idea to fruition, the actual PulsePoint app is simple. Users who are trained in CPR and have registered with the system as willing to assist in an emergency cardiac arrest situation will be notified on their smartphone if someone nearby is having a cardiac arrest.

Read the full article by Cynthia Kincaid on JEMS.

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December 7, 2012 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Receives Tri-Valley Heroes Award

Chief Richard Price demonstrating the PulsePoint appIn early 2010, Fire Chief Richard Price was sitting with a couple of his coworkers in a San Ramon restaurant when they heard a fire engine nearby.

That was no big deal. Price hears them all the time, but he idly wondered where the truck was headed. To his surprise, the truck pulled up right next to where he was eating.

Someone had gone into cardiac arrest. While Price gets paged if there’s a fire, he had received no notification of this, even though he had a defibrillator in his truck.

That got him thinking: A brain can survive only about 10 minutes after a heart stops, and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District averages about seven minutes to arrive on scene.

It took about a year, but in January 2011 the SRVFPD released an app designed to create “citizen heroes” to offer CPR, and, if possible, to use an Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED).

Read the full article by Glenn Wohltmann in the San Ramon Valley Express.

The Tri-Valley Heroes award honors individuals or groups for their positive influence on the Valley and the lives of its residents.

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September 17, 2012 | by

Top 10 Heart Disease Apps of 2012 Includes PulsePoint

Healthline Top 10According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 616,000 people died from heart disease complications – one in every four deaths – in 2008.

The good news is that heart disease doesn’t have to be a death sentence anymore. In fact many of the risk factors associated with this condition — inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes — are highly preventable and treatable. So if you’re either at risk for or suffering from heart disease, you can take action now with a combination of behavior modification, medically-supervised treatment, and the following 10 apps.

Read the rest of this article by Tracy Rosecrans at Healthline.

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October 1, 2011 | by

Fire Service Award for Excellence

The IAFC presented the 2011 Fire Service Award for Excellence to PulsePoint Chairman and SRVFPD board member Matt Stamey and PulsePoint board member and IAFC President Jack Parow during Fire-Rescue International in Atlanta. Cosponsored by U.S. Safety Fire Technologies, the award recognizes innovation and achievement in managing resources to reduce the loss of life and property from fire and other emergencies. Read the full article in the October edition of IAFC On Scene.

2011 FRI Award for Excellence

PulsePoint Chairman Matt Stamey and Board Member and IAFC President Jack Parow

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April 21, 2011 | by

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Recognized by Computerworld as a 2011 Honors Laureate

SAN RAMON, CA ‐ International Data Group’s (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program today, April 21, 2011, announced San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District as a 2011 Laureate for Innovation. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. The District was selected for its iPhone application that provides immediate, life‐saving assistance to victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest by crowd‐sourcing Good Samaritans.

“The number and quality of nominations this year was very inspiring and demonstrated how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”

“The application is initially targeting the approximately 300,000 people who suffer out‐of‐hospital cardiac arrest each year in the United States,” said Richard Price, Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. “Numerous investigations have shown that bystander CPR results in a doubling or tripling of patient survival, yet CPR rates across the country have remained unacceptably low at around 26%. The application aims to improve this percentage by immediately alerting everyday citizens to the need for CPR nearby while also directing them to public access defibrillators when available.”

The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an internationally‐accredited special district that provides all‐risk fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, the City of San Ramon, the southern area of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, in Northern California (Contra Costa County). The District’s service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles and serves a population of 170,000. The District has established a foundation to assist other public safety agencies to deploy the application in their community.

The application was developed in partnership with the Center for Applied Informatics at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). For additional web and print resources, including sample screen shots, supporting images and video please visit the Fire Department iPhone App landing page at http://www.firedepartment.mobi. A Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to raise local awareness about the application is also available on the site.

About Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not‐for‐profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011.

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