Halo Monitoring CEO to Speak at Seventh Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference

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myHalo, PERS 2.0, Automatic Fall Detection are Redefining the Medical Alarm Market

In 2009, Halo Monitoring launched myHalo, becoming the world’s first PERS 2.0 device with automatic fall detection.

Halo Monitoring, Inc., provider of the world's most reliable and easy to use elderly fall monitoring system, will exhibit myHalo® at the Seventh Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference this week in San Diego, CA. Company co-founder and CEO, Chris A. Otto, will be speaking during a panel presentation titled “PERS 2.0”, a term Otto and Halo Monitoring coined in early 2009.

Legacy PERS refers to systems and service models which were originally designed to help the elderly summon emergency services when needed. The panel title, “PERS 2.0”, is a term originated by Halo Monitoring in 2009 and is used to describe systems that overcome some of the drawbacks of conventional PERS, namely the limitation requiring a fallen senior to manually activate the alarm. In 2009, Halo Monitoring launched myHalo, becoming the world’s first PERS 2.0 device with automatic fall detection. The panel will be moderated by Majd Alwan, PhD, Director, Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST).

myHalo is the most advanced personal health monitoring and alert system currently available for seniors; it immediately detects when the senior user falls and automatically transmits the alert to casual or professional caregivers, or to Emergency Medical Services (EMS). It also dramatically changes the care paradigm for a remote caregiver, professional or otherwise, by empowering caregivers with the ability to receive status updates via text or e-mail messages and a wellness view of their loved one’s situation in the home. myHalo is the only PERS system to connect to Microsoft HealthVault and also include an iPhone app for caregivers to check on loved ones.

Mr. Otto cofounded Halo Monitoring after examining the state of tools available for his own mother who was providing care for his grandmother. Mr. Otto was also a pioneer in wireless sensor networks for ambulatory health monitoring; published a number of related articles in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings; as well as published a Master's thesis on this subject. His work has been recognized as a leading effort in the field of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) for ambulatory health monitoring. He holds two issued patents and nine pending patents in the fields of ambulatory health monitoring, wireless networks, data communications, and human fall detection. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Alabama in Huntsville.

About Halo Monitoring:
Halo Monitoring is helping seniors, caregivers, and their family members by delivering the most accurate, reliable, and easy to use fall detection available. Halo’s flagship product, myHalo, is an advanced personal health monitoring and alert system. Unlike traditional PERS (personal emergency response systems) which require seniors to manually press a “panic button,” myHalo is the world’s first system that automatically detects serious health problems (such as a person falling) without pressing a button and can immediately notify designated caregivers and emergency personnel. Website: http://www.halomonitoring.com


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