InTouch Health Receives $6 Million Investment from iRobot Corp.
Santa Barbara, CA, February 1, 2012 – InTouch Technologies, Inc. (dba InTouch Health), a leading provider of acute healthcare remote presence solutions, announced today that iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robot technology-based solutions, has made a $6 million investment in the Company.
InTouch Health and iRobot have a joint development and licensing agreement, formalized in July 2011, to explore opportunities for healthcare applications of robotic technology by uniting complementary expertise and technologies across each company’s intellectual property portfolio. InTouch Health’s ten years of experience in robotic telemedicine solutions coupled with iRobot’s expertise in robot navigation, mobility and manipulation can prove to be a potent combination in developing purpose-built robots for the healthcare industry. This collaboration will allow InTouch Health to advance its healthcare-centric robotic platform to a new level of mobility and utility, which will allow for even greater ease of use by clinicians.
“As evident from the demonstrations of its Ava robotic platform, iRobot is the industry leader in robot navigation, mobility and manipulation,” said Yulun Wang, Chairman and CEO of InTouch Health. “Working together, InTouch Health and iRobot will pioneer superior remote presence in healthcare settings, providing anytime/anywhere patient care in hospital ED’s, ICU’s, patient wards, and operating and procedure rooms.”
“With over 400 hospitals in the U.S. and around the world utilizing its remote presence products, InTouch Health is in a very unique position in the healthcare field with its FDA-cleared telemedicine devices,” said Colin Angle, Chairman and CEO of iRobot. “iRobot’s investment in InTouch Health will further align these two leaders, creating a best of breed partnership that will develop robots for remote presence healthcare and assistive technologies for the elderly.”
About InTouch Health
InTouch Health provides comprehensive telemedicine solutions and expertise that enable physicians to perform real-time consults with patients. Through a single portal, physicians can access InTouch Health’s purpose-built, FDA-cleared remote presence (“RP”) devices to provide care anywhere across the healthcare continuum: EDs, ICUs, procedure rooms, patient wards, clinics, ambulances and homes. The InTouch Health Remote Presence telemedicine network is powered through its SureCONNECT® cloud-based infrastructure providing unparalleled connection quality and reliability, interoperability, workflow imaging and documentation, and service and support. Wherever access to medical expertise is limited, InTouch Health’s Remote Presence telemedicine solutions can effectively extend the physician’s reach to manage patient care, thereby removing critical time and distance barriers.
The Company has more than 400 hospital locations on six continents enrolled in its Remote Presence network for the delivery of telemedicine services such as stroke, critical care, cardiology, trauma, pediatrics, neonatology, behavioral health, language translation, clinical education and surgical/procedure mentoring.
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, and its government and industrial robots protect those in harm’s way. iRobot’s consumer and military robots feature iRobot Aware® robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.