Boston, MA – July 10, 2018 – LifePod Solutions, the pioneer in providing voice-first, intelligent and connected services to support seniors as they age-in-place, today announced Alan Bugos has joined the LifePod team to lead engineering, technology and innovation. Bugos spent the last 25 years as an accomplished technology executive specializing in the design, implementation and operations of next-generation connected services, most recently leading Technology and Innovation for Philips Home Monitoring (Lifeline). At Philips, Bugos focused on developing solutions for senior safety, Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS), senior living and medication adherence and management.
“I am thrilled to join the LifePod team and contribute to applying the power of voice to the market needs of seniors, managed care patients and their caregivers,” said Alan Bugos, Executive Vice President of Technology and Engineering at LifePod. “LifePod’s vision to leverage a voice-first user interface and deliver data-driven, AI-enabled services to seniors and their caregivers has the potential to dramatically improve the health and well-being of millions of people who are aging-in-place and to also provide peace of mind for their family and professional caregivers.”
“We are excited to have Alan lead our engineering and technology team as we leverage the remarkable success of LifePod’s pilot tests with industry leaders such as Commonwealth Care Alliance and Trinity Health Senior Communities,” said Stuart Patterson, CEO and cofounder of LifePod. “Alan’s experience developing market-leading PERS solutions, and his impressive track record of creating groundbreaking connected services, will accelerate our mission of providing comfort, safety and care to seniors aging-in-place and peace of mind to the caregivers who love and support them.”
Offering a personalized, voice-enabled service built on top of market-leading, smart speaker technology platforms, LifePod helps caregivers of older adults and those with chronic illnesses or special needs to monitor and manage their daily schedules, medications, appointments, health activities, entertainment needs and risks of social isolation. LifePod provides pre-programmed, voice-initiated and customized interactions to assure seniors have the continuous support they need to achieve a healthy and independent approach to aging in place.
Bugos will lead LifePod’s engineering and development teams while simultaneously helping to define the company’s technology platform strategy and to partner with the industry leaders required to execute it. Prior to joining LifePod, Bugos’ career included connected healthcare services at Philips Home Monitoring as Head of Technology and Innovation, deployment of cloud-based VoIP services as VP of Technology at Vonage, and researching advanced smart grids and connected electric vehicles at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Previously, he was also VP of Advanced Technology and Engineering for iBasis, a creator of value-added VoIP networks and services that was acquired by KPN in 2009 for $93M.
He was the recipient of GTE’s Warner Award, the highest technical achievement award for pioneering DSL data networks in 1997; he has published over 45 technical papers; he holds three patents; and he is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Mr. Bugos received a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and continued postgraduate study at Tufts University.
LifePod Solutions is improving the quality of life for caregivers and their loved ones by providing voice-initiated, intelligent and connected services to support seniors as they age-in-place. LifePod’s easy-to-use voice service expands the capabilities of popular smart speakers with patent-pending, innovative technology that provides a natural voice dialog, configured and controlled by remote caregivers using an online portal. The LifePod voice-first service offers proactive, voice-based check-ins and reminders, and encourages users to access other online services (e.g., music, weather, therapy, etc.) to enhance their day and help them feel more connected. The LifePod team, led by veterans in virtual assistant technology, speech recognition, IoT and online services for older adults and those with special care needs, works closely with families, professional caregivers, and senior living facilities to improve health outcomes and reduce the costs of long-term care. To learn more or sign up for the LifePod Beta Program, visit www.lifepod.com.
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