A 911 Registry for AEDs

Emergency dispatchers should be able to direct a caller to a public AED

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A 911 Registry for AEDs


Elliot R. Fisch, president of Atrus], a company in Florida, has posted an interesting comment to our March story on the performance problems of public defibrillators,  known as AEDs. Our story mentions that the FDA is considering tightening its regulation of the industry and that AEDs may one day be integrated into a next-generation nationwide emergency response system.

Fisch argues that many of the benefits of such a system can be had right now. His company offers a national AED registry that he says costs nothing to the owners of the devices and provides two additional services. First, it lists AEDs’ locations, so 911 operators can point a Good Samaritan caller to one in time to save a person with sudden cardiac arrest.  And second, the registry sends AED owners periodic reminders to perform routine maintenance.

Essentially, Atrus’ registry makes it easier and cheaper for businesses that post AEDs to comply with laws that 35 states have already passed. Compliance, Fisch says, needs such bolstering, because these laws are spottily enforced.

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Are You Ready for Workplace Brain Scanning?

Extracting and using brain data will make workers happier and more productive, backers say

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A photo collage showing a man wearing a eeg headset while looking at a computer screen.
Nadia Radic

Get ready: Neurotechnology is coming to the workplace. Neural sensors are now reliable and affordable enough to support commercial pilot projects that extract productivity-enhancing data from workers’ brains. These projects aren’t confined to specialized workplaces; they’re also happening in offices, factories, farms, and airports. The companies and people behind these neurotech devices are certain that they will improve our lives. But there are serious questions about whether work should be organized around certain functions of the brain, rather than the person as a whole.

To be clear, the kind of neurotech that’s currently available is nowhere close to reading minds. Sensors detect electrical activity across different areas of the brain, and the patterns in that activity can be broadly correlated with different feelings or physiological responses, such as stress, focus, or a reaction to external stimuli. These data can be exploited to make workers more efficient—and, proponents of the technology say, to make them happier. Two of the most interesting innovators in this field are the Israel-based startup InnerEye, which aims to give workers superhuman abilities, and Emotiv, a Silicon Valley neurotech company that’s bringing a brain-tracking wearable to office workers, including those working remotely.

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