Smartphone App Empowers ‘Citizen Responders’ To Report Cardiac Emergencies In Seattle
Local medical and fire department officials want 15,000 to download the PulsePoint CPR app that allows bystanders to report a cardiac arrest happening nearby. In other information technology news, Politico interviews Karen DeSalvo, the White House’s point person on digitizing health care.
This App Turns Seattle Bystanders Into First Responders
The Medic One Foundation, in conjunction with the Seattle Fire Department, is introducing PulsePoint, a free phone app that turns ordinary bystanders into first responders who can beat even fire engines to emergency scenes. The idea is to notify volunteers through phone messages when someone collapses nearby, alerting people willing to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the precious first minutes after cardiac arrest occurs. (Aleccia, 6/1)
Karen DeSalvo On How Data Will Transform Health Care
Growing up, Karen DeSalvo never planned to have one of the nation’s most important health care jobs. Now she has two of them. As National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, she’s the White House’s point person on digitizing health care — and as acting Assistant Secretary for Health, she also helps guide the nation's public health strategy. (Diamond, 6/1)