Press Alert: Announcing New Partnership with Rapid SOS

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RapidSOS and the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association partner to provide enhanced access to emergency services

  • 240 million[1] 9-1-1 calls are made every year in the U.S.; over 70%[2] are from mobile phones, which fail to provide exact location to emergency dispatchers
  • 40,000 infants are born in the U.S. each year with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), nearly 1 in 100 newborns; those affected with CHD have 3-4 times higher rates of ER visits than the general population[3]
  • Haven represents a transformation in access to emergency services – from a phone call solely dependent on voice to a robust data connection for voice, text, medical/demographic data

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Madison, WI. (July 11, 2016).

The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association (PCHA) today announced a partnership with RapidSOS, an advanced emergency technology start-up revolutionizing personal safety and family connectivity. The partnership will offer access to the RapidSOS Haven app at a reduced price, providing individuals with enhanced access to emergency services. Haven sends important data to 9-1-1 to aid in fast emergency response and better situational awareness for first responders.

 

Working together, RapidSOS and PCHA will support those with CHD and their families, by connecting them to their loved ones and providing peace of mind that emergency help is one touch away when they need it. With one tap on Haven, the app connects the user with the nearest dispatch center anywhere in the contiguous U.S., while providing a voice connection and a data pipeline to 9-1-1, to transmit:

 

  • GPS location
  • Type of emergency
  • Relevant medical and demographic data
  • Text messages: Haven speaks the text message if the dispatch center does not have the capability to receive texts. Currently works one-way (user to 9-1-1); two-way coming in future

 

When setting up the app, users conveniently enter all medical conditions, allergies, and medications, so that if an emergency occurs, life-saving information is communicated directly to 9-1-1. Additionally, after an alert has been triggered, Haven notifies emergency contacts, so that family and friends are informed.

“This partnership with PCHA supports an important community who live with far greater medical needs than most,” said RapidSOS co-founder and CEO Michael Martin. “Those with CHD and their families deserve a robust and reliable connection to emergency services, and Haven provides that.”

 

The Haven app also includes access to RapidSOS’ Family Connect feature. For the first time, people can call 9-1-1 on behalf of a loved one, transmitting their loved one’s location and relevant data directly to the dispatch center closest to them. Additionally, Family Connect allows users to share their location with loved ones, see family members’ real-time locations without the distraction of a phone call or text, and easily ask family and friends for help. A user can choose who can see their location and when it is shared, ensuring privacy and control.

 

“The Haven app offers a helpful hand to families living with CHD,” said David M. Kasnic, Executive Director of PCHA. “Being able to transmit important medical information with one touch can help those with CHD get appropriate care that is more tailored to their distinct needs.”

 

RapidSOS is offering Haven at a 20% discount to those associated with PCHA when they sign up here. The Haven app is available for iPhone and Android devices and works anywhere across the contiguous U.S. and Hawaii, with one touch emergency calling in over 250 countries and jurisdictional territories. For more information about RapidSOS and the Haven app, visit www.rapidsos.com.

 

About RapidSOS

RapidSOS was formed in 2012 by a team of M.I.T., Harvard, and Stanford grad students who had personal experiences with the challenges of the existing emergency communication infrastructure. Working closely with the 9-1-1 community, tech and telecom companies, and leading investors, RapidSOS is developing technology to predict and preempt emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in harm’s way, and ensure that first responders are one touch away globally. Learn more at www.RapidSOS.com

Contact:

Regina Jaslow

rjaslow@rapidsos.com

(347) 879-0024

 

About Pediatric Congenital Heart Association

The mission of Pediatric Congenital Heart Association (PCHA) is to “Conquer Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)”.  PCHA was founded on the key purpose to be the resounding voice of the pediatric patient population and are accomplishing this through collaboration with patients, parents, providers, and partner organizations. PCHA is improving quality and outcomes through CHD education, research and awareness, all while reducing the impact of congenital heart disease while striving to realize a world free from it.

 

Contact:

Amy Basken

abasken@conqueringchd.org

608-370-3739

 

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[1] National Emergency Number Association. http://www.nena.org/?page=911Statistics

[2] National 911 Program. Review of Nationwide 911 Data Collection. http://www.911.gov/pdf/current911datacollection-072613.pdf

[3] Pediatric Congenital Heart Association. http://conqueringchd.org//

Make your call for help do more! Subscribe to Rapid SOS – Haven

PCHA is excited to partner with Rapid SOS and their Haven mobile app, to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

Haven App

With the press of a button you can contact emergency services, share key information about location and medical history, and alert your emergency contacts. Perfect for families of children or adults with congenital heart disease.

Medical Information

As part of our partnership, we are able to extend a special offer for 20% off they already low subscription rates, including plans for less than $20/year.

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But don’t take our word for it:

“This app was easy to download and enter important information about Nicholas’ heart defect. We travel a lot and I feel better knowing that wherever we are, the first-response team would have the information they need about his health before they even arrive!” – Amy


More about RapidSOS:

Q: What is RapidSOS?

A: RapidSOS is an emergency technology company founded by graduates of M.I.T., Harvard, and Stanford, all of whom had personal experiences with the challenges of our country’s aging 9-1-1 infrastructure. RapidSOS’ technology platform provides improved access to 9-1-1 and emergency services, as well as other features that improve mobile security and family connectivity.

 

Q: What is Haven?

A: Haven is a smartphone app developed by RapidSOS that allows users to call 9-1-1 more effectively. Calls from the Haven app are routed directly into the correct 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). This is a significant improvement over the current situation, in which wireless calls are routed based on cell tower or routed to a dedicated wireless 9-1-1 center affiliated with the Highway Patrol or State Police and then transferred. Instead of just delivering basic cell tower information like a wireless 9-1-1 call, Haven sends more precise and comprehensive information to 9-1-1.

 

With one touch, Haven places a 9-1-1 call and transmits vital information to the dispatcher, including type of emergency, precise user location based on a variety of sensors on the smartphone, relevant medical and demographic information. The app makes it possible to send text messages to 9-1-1 and communicate when it’s difficult or dangerous to speak. Through better data, Haven improves the situational awareness of call takers and dispatchers, so that they can make more informed dispatching decisions to send appropriate responders, providing more comprehensive information about the incident.

 

After a 9-1-1 alert is triggered, the app notifies emergency contacts so that they are informed of the emergency. Haven also includes access to RapidSOS’ Family Connect feature. In addition to the emergency capabilities, Family Connect allows users to share their location with loved ones, see family members’ real-time locations, and easily call 9-1-1 on their behalf.

 

Q: What problem is RapidSOS/Haven solving?

A: Over 180 million[1] 9-1-1 calls come from mobile devices annually, all of them providing limited or no location information, and relying solely on the caller’s ability to speak and ability to articulate their location. The 9-1-1 system was originally built for landline phones and isn’t currently equipped to leverage the full capabilities of modern smartphones. RapidSOS makes it possible to send mobile data (location, type of emergency, demographic/medical information) directly to PSAPs to assist first responders in life-saving efforts.

 

Q: Even small children know to call 9-1-1. Will people adapt from such a well-known process?

A: Millennials and the generation that follows them are now growing up with reliance on smartphone technology, and have embraced apps for everything from ordering dinner to getting from one place to another. Haven will complement this lifestyle, and its simple user interface means everyone can use it intuitively.

 

Q: Is this a replacement for the existing 9-1-1 system?

A: No, RapidSOS does not replace 9-1-1 or compete with 9-1-1. In fact, RapidSOS is working closely with 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) across the nation to make sure that their technology is effectively integrated into the current infrastructure. RapidSOS enables the dispatch centers to receive more information about callers quickly, which can only improve emergency response and care.

 

Q: Will making this transition require an investment of government money for PSAPs?

A: RapidSOS’ technology integrates seamlessly with the existing 9-1-1 system. This means no new training, equipment, or cost is required.

 

 

Q: What makes Haven different from other emergency apps out there?

A: RapidSOS spent three years developing an emergency telecommunications platform that allows smartphone devices to route calls to the correct 9-1-1 center and transmit life-saving mobile data. No other app is directly integrated into the 9-1-1 system. Some apps use a third party call center operated by a private company that could slow down response or introduce human error. Other apps require the 9-1-1 center to license and install a proprietary software solution at a prohibitive cost to government agencies. In general, these apps do not have broad adoption or support from the 9-1-1 community because they are either ineffective, or very expensive without providing pertinent real-time data in an emergency.

 

Q: Does RapidSOS share/sell personal data that users entered into the app or user portal?

A: The information input in the user portal or the app is only shared with 9-1-1 dispatchers and only when a user has initiated a 9-1-1 call.

 

Q: Will Haven work if there is no cell coverage?

A: Haven works over cellular data or WiFi data, as opposed to a traditional wireless 9-1-1 call that only works over a cellular connection. RapidSOS intelligently manages the connection and always uses the most robust communication channel possible. If there is no WiFi or data, the app initiates a native 9-1-1 dial through the wireless carrier, so that the caller can always reach 9-1-1 under any circumstances.

 

Q: The app allows users to text 9-1-1. How does this work?

A: Currently only 6%[2] of PSAPs in the nation have deployed technology that allows anyone to send a text message to 9-1-1. Haven enables all users to send information to 9-1-1 via text message, regardless of the PSAP’s ability to receive texts. Haven will speak the text to the dispatcher (text-to-speech) and the dispatcher can respond or ask follow-up questions verbally.

 

Q: What’s the cost for the app? And how will lower income families afford it?

A: RapidSOS is committed to making the app available to anyone who needs it through the Safer Together Movement (with no questions asked, any user can have the service for free). For those who can afford it, Haven is available from the App Store or Google Play store with a 30-90 day free period. After the free period, individual plans are $2.99/month or $29.99/year while family plans are $4.99/month or $49.99/year. Family plans enable a user to add family members at no additional charge.

 

Q: What happens after the free period is over or if users do not pay for the subscription?

A: RapidSOS will contact the users and ask if they want to continue using the app with a paid subscription. Those who cannot afford the plan at the time can sign up to receive the plan for free as part of the Safer Together Movement. If a user does not have a valid subscription (during free period or paid subscription), the app will direct the user to their native dialer to call 9-1-1.

 

Q: If I have trouble using the app, or have suggestions or questions, how do I get help?

A: RapidSOS has several instructional videos on their YouTube channel that show you how to use the app. You can submit any feedback or suggestions within the Haven app by selecting “Support and FAQ” from the menu, then tapping “Feedback.” Additionally, you can log in to your account at RapidSOS.com to submit your suggestions, feedback, or questions within the Support Center. You can also search the knowledge base of frequently asked questions in the Support Center.

 

[1] National 911 Program. Review of Nationwide 911 Data Collection. http://www.911.gov/pdf/current911datacollection-072613.pdf

[2] http://www.911.gov/pdf/Stateof911webinar_December2015.pdf