PulsePoint Foundation

PulsePoint App

PulsePoint is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission 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 public safety agencies to improve communications with citizens and empower them to help reduce the millions of annual deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.


The foundation is guided by an Advisory Board made up of visionaries in the tech and medical industries, including Dr. Ben Bobrow of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Dave Duffield of Workday, CIO Tim Ferguson of Northern Kentucky University, CEO Tim O’Reilly of O’Reilly Media, and Past President Jack Parow of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The Board also includes a list of influential community leaders and business professionals including Bill Coy, Director of Leadership Learning at Omidyar Fellows, Petros Dermetzis, VP of Development at Workday, Joe Farrell, CEO of Redwood Orthopaedic Physical Therapy, Don Ledoux, Partner at Summit Financial Group and Matt Stamey, Board President at the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. Richard Price, former Fire Chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, serves as the Foundation’s president. Learn more about the board here.


Development of the PulsePoint app began in June, 2009 as a partnership between the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (SRVFPD) and the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). The application was originally released in the Apple App Store in April, 2010. The first release of the app did not contain the location-aware CPR/AED notification capability. That functionality came in a subsequent version released for the iPhone on January 25, 2011. The second version was also the result of a successful collaboration between the Fire District and NKU. Both versions used a Computer-aided Dispatch (CAD) interface developed by FirstOnScene, LLC.

At a meeting in February, 2011 the Board of Directors of the SRVFPD established a committee to address the affairs related to the application, including the transfer of responsibility for the software to an independent and external non-profit foundation. This ultimately resulted in the formation of the PulsePoint Foundation to oversee the future direction of the application. The first meeting of the new PulsePoint Board occurred on June 1, 2011.

The original design of the application and backend services could only process incident data from a single dispatch system and only supported iOS devices. The foundation turned to Workday, Inc. to design a multi-jurisdictional, multi-client infrastructure that could handle the worldwide interest in the app and add support for popular client platforms in addition to the iPhone.