Halo Monitoring, a developer of wireless health remote monitoring technology, announced a deal with A&D Medical this past week. The partnership builds on Halo's myHalo web-based personal health monitoring system by including Bluetooth-enabled weight scales and blood pressure cuffs.
Halo Monitoring announced its product nearly one year ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: myHalo “wirelessly transmits secure vital signs, activities of daily living, and critical event information (such as when a user falls),” the company stated at the time. “Unlike other monitoring strategies in the past, the system immediately detects when the user falls and automatically transmits that information in real time without prompting by the senior.”
The myHalo device is worn under clothing, as a chest strap, and can send alerts to caregivers and family members via email and text messages. The health data is also sent to Halo’s secure online portal, but Halo inked a deal with Microsoft to connect to the company's personal health platform, HealthVault in September 2009.
Here's how Halo's deal with A&D breaks down:
"myHalo subscribers can now take advantage of this enhanced offering by using A&D Medical Bluetooth-enabled health products. The first two devices supported, as part of the partnership, are the A&D UC-321PBT Wireless Health Scale and the A&D UA-767PBT Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor. The myHalo Home Gateway connects to a standard phone line or to an Ethernet connection (when broadband is available in the home). Users only need to step on the scale or to take a blood pressure measurement from the device; the rest is automatic – health information is seamlessly and securely transmitted to the myHalo health server for viewing only by those individuals with authorized access. The combined system offers an economical solution for chronic disease management, such as congestive heart failure (CHF) and diabetes, or simply for general personal health monitoring at home."
For more, check out the company's press release here