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April 7, 2015 | by

PulsePoint App nominated for two international Webby Awards

badge_nominee-smPLEASANTON, CA – The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has nominated the lifesaving PulsePoint App in two prestigious categories this year – Best Use of GPS or Location Technology and Social: Health & Fitness. The “Webby” award nominations were announced on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in New York City, with PulsePoint being one of only five mobile apps worldwide honored for Best Use of GPS and one of only five mobile apps nominated for Social: Health.

“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.”

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“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.”

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and creator of the Jif Steve Wilhite.

“Honorees like PulsePoint are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 countries worldwide.” Webby winners will be announced on April 27, 2015 and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street hosted by critically acclaimed actor and comedian Hannibal Buress.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. From now until April 23th, PulsePoint fans can cast their votes in the Webby People’s Voice Awards by visiting People’s Voice Awards for Best Use of GPS or Location Technology and Social: Health.

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 supported by the Wireless Foundation, built and maintained by volunteer engineers at Workday and distributed by our marketing and implementation partner Physio-Control, Inc. Learn more at www.pulsepoint.org or join the conversation at Facebook and Twitter.

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April 8, 2014 | 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 City & Urban Innovation award. The “Webby” award nominations were announced on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 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.”

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“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 Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of web industry experts, including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, mobile-phone inventor Martin Cooper, and creator of the Jif Steve Wilhite.

“Honorees like PulsePoint are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 12,000 entries we received this year.” Webby winners will be announced on April 29, 2014 and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street 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 24th, PulsePoint fans can cast their votes in the Webby People’s Voice Awards by visiting http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/mobile-apps/handheld-devices/city-urban-innovation.

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 https://www.pulsepoint.org

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January 7, 2013 | by

UC Davis and City of Davis Fire Departments launch Pulsepoint

Aggie Front PageOn Nov. 30, 2012, the Pulsepoint application was launched by the UC Davis Fire Department (UCDFD) and City of Davis Fire Department (CDFD), along with the City of Davis Dispatch center. The app was conceived by Fire Chief Richard Price from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.

The smartphone app aims to allow community members to provide assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest. According to a UCDFD and CDFD media release, about 1,000 Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest every day. Many of these can be prevented if CPR and other lifesaving assistance is provided in time.

“The point of the application is to decrease the time between the initial incident and the time they are receiving life-saving CPR or defibrillation,” said Meghan Scannell, executive assistant to the Fire Chief at the UCDFD. “Citizens are bridging the gap between the collapse of the individual and the time that CPR is being administered.”

Read the full article by Paayal Zaveri at The California Aggie.

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December 18, 2012 | by

PulsePoint Saves Lives

Tri-City Voice Header300pxIt seemed like a good idea when San Ramon Valley Fire District started the program over two years ago. However, important questions remained… Who will show up to an emergency? Will dispatch be flooded with calls as a result of this? What will the impact be? Initial fears and reservations were swept away by the results.

Alameda County Fire Chief Demetrious Shaffer is convinced that PulsePoint, a system to “ping” registrants close to a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) emergency on cell phone devices, has resulted in fast response times and a blanket of first responders to help a person in distress even before emergency medical personnel are able to arrive. As a registered participant of PulsePoint, Shaffer has actually been involved in a PulsePoint action.

He says, “If I was sitting here and a medical event such as a heart attack occurred next door, unless someone was aware of my presence and ability to help, I wouldn’t know about it until the emergency vehicle arrived. That is bad because I am right here and could help, even with basic CPR.” What PulsePoint does is to notify those within a limited radius (1/4 mile) who signed up for the PulsePoint application on their cell phone device.

Read the full article by William Marshak at the Tri-City Voice.

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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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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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October 10, 2012 | by

Transforming Government Through Location Intelligence

Map with PinWhen location data is coupled with existing government data and expertise, every point on the map can provide historical and predictive perspective to inform complex policy decisions. The map itself has been transformed from a static picture to a living platform for shared decision making and real-time collaboration, focusing the energy of the crowd and empowering government and citizens to work together to respond quickly to challenges at any scale. Thinking about service delivery through the lens of location-based technologies can help agencies make smarter decisions about investments in physical infrastructure.

In some ways, this future has already arrived. For someone suffering from cardiac arrest, minutes can mean the difference between life and death, and emergency medical crews can’t always get there immediately. PulsePoint is a mobile app that connects heart attack-related 911 calls with individuals nearby who are certified in CPR to provide immediate assistance until an ambulance can arrive.

Read the full GovLab Study on transforming government through location intelligence by Deloitte Consulting, LLC.

GovLab is a think tank in the Federal practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP that focuses on innovation in the public sector.

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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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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 https://www.pulsepoint.org

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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 https://www.pulsepoint.org/media-resources

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