March 31, 2013 | by

Richard Price Wins EMS 10 Innovation Award for PulsePoint Foundation

The innovative PulsePoint Foundation created a mobile app that connects the CPR trained members of a community with cardiac arrest victims reported to local 911 dispatch centers. The Mobile app can also track and give directions to the nearest AED (automated external defibrillator) to shock the heart back to life. Watch the MedicCast TV interview below with PulsePoint President Richard Price.

MedicCast TV is the video version of shows created for the weekly MedicCast podcast, special interview segments, and video shorts with EMS and Health Related Commentary by Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

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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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March 6, 2013 | by

PulsePoint Foundation President, Richard Price, Named JEMS EMS Innovator for 2012

EMS10Header600pxWashington, D.C. – At the EMS Today Conference tonight, March 6, 2013 PulsePoint Foundation President Richard Price, along with other progressive professionals who have driven the practice of EMS forward in 2012, were celebrated at the Innovators in EMS Dinner and Award Ceremony. The EMS 10: Innovators in EMS Award, sponsored by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and Physio-Control Inc., “recognizes ten individuals who are models of quality service and have taken great risks in an effort to advance the art and science of prehospital emergency care. Their efforts serve as an inspiration and a challenge to the rest of the EMS community.”

Chief Price was recognized for his vision to empower citizen responders with the lifesaving PulsePoint mobile app. The app aims to improve the frequency of bystander CPR by increasing awareness of cardiac events beyond the traditional “witnessed” area and by increasing the awareness and speed of public access defibrillator (AED) deployment by providing precise location information of nearby devices in real-time and in context with the rescuers current location.

The EMS Today Conference and Expo is being held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. from March 5-9, 2013.

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