​​UHN's Halo is an innovative technology developed at University Health Network (UHN) designed to remotely monitor medically appropriate patients. It utilizes a portable camera and audio/visual unit, similar in size to an IV pole, which is placed at the patient's bedside and can be moved around the room as needed.

Tele-monitoring provides a safe, non-intrusive, and efficient method of remotely monitoring patients, enhancing their safety, providing peace of mind, and optimizing healthcare resources.

UHN's Halo is currently used at 12 partner hospitals in 4 provinces with more than 7,000 patients monitored so far

How It Works

Through a secure livestream using propriety technology, trained tele-monitoring technicians remotely monitor patients. This technology helps in the quick identification of changes in a patient's condition, allowing for immediate appropriate actions to be taken.

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  1. Reduces Falls and Adverse Events: UHN's Halo plays a crucial role in reducing falls and other adverse events among patients.
  2. Patient Safety: A partnership between remote technicians and onsite nurses ensures constant vigilance, providing an additional layer of safety for patients.
  3. Peace of Mind: Patients and their family gain peace of mind, enhancing their confidence and comfort.
  4. Non-Intrusive: The system is designed to resemble standard medical equipment, ensuring it doesn't feel intrusive to the patient.
  5. Patient Consent: Patients have control; they are aware of when the system is active and can decline the monitoring if they wish.

  1. Standard of Care: UHN's Halo has become the standard of care at UHN, highlighting its reliability and effectiveness.
  2. Extensive Monitoring: The system has been operational for a significant duration, with over 500,000 monitored hours across all 46 inpatient units at 4 sites across UHN.
  3. Efficiency: UHN's Halo has saved a substantial number of nursing visits to bedside, improving the efficiency of healthcare delivery.

  1. Enhanced Patient Safety: Halo is deployed for patients at risk of falls, those who might harm themselves or others, or individuals with specific medical needs, ensuring their safety and well-being.
  2. Resource Optimization: It serves as a valuable health human resources tool, optimizing the allocation of nursing and other staff where they are needed the most.
  3. Financial Savings: By reducing the need for frequent bedside visits and optimizing healthcare resources, UHN's Halo contributes to significant financial savings.

  1. Live Stream Only: The system operates on a live stream basis and does not record, ensuring patient privacy and data security.
  2. Trained Technicians: The team members monitoring patients remotely are fully trained and support, ensuring a high standard of care and patient safety.
  3. Consent and Patient Control: Patients have control over the monitoring process; they are aware of its operation and can decline it, ensuring their consent and comfort.

Testimonials and Contact

"[Halo] has improved the quality of work life for healthcare professionals on the front line."

"This is an intervention that enhances patient safety."

"Tele-monitoring has provided families with peace of mind."

Contact: Justin Young, Program Administrator, Halo, UHN or
Marijana Zubrinic, Executive Clinic Lead, Halo, UHN

UHN's Halo tele-monitoring provides a safe, non-intrusive, and efficient method of remotely monitoring patients, enhancing their safety, providing peace of mind, and optimizing healthcare resources.

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