Yulun Wang, PhD, Elected into National Academy of Engineering

Santa Barbara, CA, February 15, 2011 – InTouch Health® is pleased to announce that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Yulun Wang, has been elected to the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Engineering. This significant achievement is earned through a career dedicated to improving healthcare delivery through science and engineering. 

Individuals are elected into membership of the National Academy of Engineering based on their contributions to “engineering research, practice or education, or to engineering literature,” and for their work in “pioneering new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.” 

Dr. Wang previously founded Computer Motion, Inc. in 1989, which pioneered the field of surgical robots. He was the principal architect and inventor of a voice-controlled robotic arm called AESOP, the first FDA-cleared surgical robot used by surgeons to hold and control a camera in endoscopic surgery. Dr. Wang was also one of the inventors of the ZEUS robotic surgical system, which performed the world’s first transatlantic surgery between New York City and Strasbourg, France in September 2001. Computer Motion went on to merge with Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq: ISRG), wherein surgical robots have been widely adopted as the standard of care in minimally invasive procedures such as prostate surgery. 

Dr. Wang founded InTouch Health in 2002 to develop the concept of Remote Presence telemedicine to enable physicians to remotely perform complete and real-time consults on hospital patients. Remote Presence telemedicine extends a physician’s reach to manage patient care, thereby removing critical time and distance barriers. 

Dr. Wang serves on the Board of Directors for the American Telemedicine Association, and Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. The National Academy of Engineering recognized Dr. Wang in 2000 as one of the nation’s top young engineers to participate in the Frontiers of Engineering program. In 2005, Yulun was honored as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He was the recipient of the prestigious Venky Narayanamurti Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in 2007, and the UCSB College of Engineering Alumni Award in 2009. Under Dr. Wang’s leadership, InTouch Health was awarded Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 Award, ranking at 39 and Inc Magazine’s Top 500 Award at 289, placing 18 for top 100 health companies. Dr. Wang has more than 50 publications and is a named inventor on over 100 issued patents and pending patent applications worldwide in the area of robotics and computers. 

About Yulun Wang, PhD
Yulun Wang, PhD, is the chairman & CEO of InTouch Technologies (d.b.a. InTouch Health). Dr. Wang previously founded Computer Motion, the company which pioneered surgical robotics. Dr. Wang is a member of the University of California Santa Barbara’s Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Board of Directors, and the American Telemedicine (ATA) Board of Directors. He is frequently invited to speak at noteworthy meetings and events, has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, and various other televised interviews. Dr. Wang has a PhD in Electrical Engineering specializing in Robotics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. 

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 a host of purpose-built, FDA-cleared telemedicine devices to provide care anywhere across the continuum: homes, clinics, ambulances, procedure rooms, EDs, ICUs and patient wards. 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 services 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 375 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, and clinical education and surgical/procedure mentoring.