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There's a Hero in All of Us

It’s not too often that I experience something that makes me want to tell everyone I know.

While at Institute for the Future’s Health Horizons event a few weeks ago, five panelist presented their health-based digital solutions during a section of the event called “Signs of the Future Today.” Among these innovators was Richard Price, Fire Chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. He told a story of how he was sitting in a restaurant with some friends when he heard sirens. Being the Fire Chief, he was instantly curious about where the engines were going. When the sounds got louder, he realized the emergency incident was next door to the restaurant where he was dining. This got him thinking, “I’m close by. I know CPR. I could have helped!” That thought led him to create this app:

Price rattled off the facts about response times having a huge impact on rates of survival – especially for cardiac arrest incidents. The statistics are astounding. Within weeks of the app’s debut, Price noticed a tremendous increase in the number of people signing up for CPR courses. And this is exactly the app’s power – not only does it enable people to help others by giving the people the tools they need at their fingertips, but it motivates people to engage, inspiring us to do our part to keep our communities healthy.

If you’re in the Bay Area, you can sign up for a CPR course here.