HeartMap is a dynamic AED registry established with funding from the FDA and a consortium of defibrillator manufacturers, with sites in 6 cities across the United States.
An AED registry is a database that keeps track of the locations and operational characteristics of AEDs, usually within a specific geographic area, such as a city or a county. Locally, HeartMap surveys AEDs across Allegheny County.
HeartMap combines crowd-sourced location data, direct verification, electronic data infrastructure, and physical device labels to provide a comprehensive public health location and usage surveillance mechanism for AEDs.
HeartMap Pittsburgh is now a participating project of ReLIVe.
Why is HeartMap important?
AEDs are important life-saving devices, but unfortunately there is often no single entity that oversees the distribution, maintenance, usage and optimization of AEDs in a given area.
Without reliable location information for AEDs, it is nearly impossible to determine if AEDs are located where they are most needed, how often they are used, and how often they work.
HeartMap provides a means for keeping track of Allegheny County's AEDs and integrating them into the emergency response process.
How does HeartMap work?
HeartMap receives information about the locations of AEDs from ordinary citizens, medical professionals, government personnel, and dedicated HeartMap employees.
These locations are verified by direct inspection by HeartMap personnel or other responsible parties, and then labeled with a unique tracking label.
In the event of a cardiac arrest in which the a HeartMap-labeled AED is used, EMS personnel can scan the label to give valuable information about the location and date of the event. This information can help improve emergence response in the future.
Who can participate in HeartMap?
Everyone in Allegheny County can participate in HeartMap. Just go to our website, register, and then report any AEDs that you may find.
Alternatively, you can use the PulsePoint AED app available at the app store of your choice, to report AED locations. AEDs registered with PulsePoint will be integrated into HeartMap, and vice versa!
Want to report an AED location right now without any registrations or downloads? Click the "Report An AED" link in the menu at the top of this page.
AEDs are commonly located in wall-mounted cabinets in public buildings.
HeartMap labels like this one help link AEDs to HeartMap data infrastructure.