Local first responders can now have a pocket-sized force multiplier. PulsePoint CPR/AED smart phone apps allow CPR-trained volunteers to sign up to be notified in the event of a cardiac emergency close by. The system interfaces with the local CAD-equipped 911 Center.

As EMS is being dispatched to a heart attack victim, the system recognizes the call through a CAD interface and looks for PulsePoint volunteer members in the area. The volunteer administers CPR until relieved by an EMT, firefighter, or police officer. That’s the CPR part of the system.

The AED app allows anyone to report the location of an accessible Automatic Electronic Defibrillator available for use in emergencies. That data is recorded by PulsePoint and added to the area map for use by member volunteers. You can download the app from iTunes for the iPhone or the Play Store for Android.

That being said, the system is not nationwide yet. Most of the agencies I saw listed were on the West Coast. Jersey City, New Jersey and Houston, Texas areas are being served as well. Currently the web site does not have a coverage map; the only way I could determine if the system was active in my area was to download the app.

According to PulsePoint, the cost of the system is tiered, based on the population served. The annual license fee ranges from $5,000 for a population of less than 300,000 to $15,000 for 1.5 million plus. The bottom line for an area serving less than 300,000 is $22,000 for the first year and $8,000 per year, starting on the 2nd year. The additional $3,000 is for maintenance and support.

PulsePoint is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) foundation registered in San Francisco.

Bruce Bremer, MBA is LET’s technology contributor. Bruce retired from the Submarine Service after 21 years of in-depth experience with complex electronic technology. Lately, he is developing a corporate learning management system (Moodle LMS), curricula, and technical documentation for lighter-than-air tethered surveillance craft (aerostats). He has an extensive background in fleet modernization and military analysis. He teaches electronics and alternative energy at a Virginia college. Besides his MBA, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer networking. He has been volunteering in public safety for many years.

To learn more:

http://www.komando.com/apps/269885/pulsepoint-connects-heroes-with-people-who-need-rescuing

http://gilmermirror.com/view/full_story/25782419/article-ETMC-EMS-first-in-Texas-to-launch-PulsePoint-smartphone-application–to-help-improve-community-response-to-sudden-cardiac-arrest?

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/09/23/pulse-point-new-app-can-turn-a-bystander-into-a-first-responder/

http://www.pulsepoint.org/