InTouch Health Announces Agreement with Genentech on Activase Education and In-Servicing for Telestroke Customers
Santa Barbara, CA, July 15, 2008 – InTouch Technologies, Inc (d.b.a InTouch Health), the world leader in Remote Presence health care solutions, announced today that it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Genentech, to facilitate Activase® (Alteplase) education for its growing telestroke customer base. Activase, a recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) developed by Genentech, is approved for the management of acute ischemic stroke in adults.
Through this agreement, the companies will collaborate and Genentech will provide Activase in-servicing and education to hospitals that have InTouch® Remote Presence telestroke capabilities. This service is intended to benefit InTouch’s telestroke customers by ensuring that a facility’s emergency department staff receives timely training after the installation of a Remote Presence telestroke system on the proper use of Activase.
Yulun Wang, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO of InTouch Technologies said, “I am very pleased to announce this agreement with Genentech. Stroke is a leading cause of death and permanent disability in the United States and we hope that efforts such as this collaboration will continue to advance the standard of stroke care, particularly in geographically remote areas.”
Remote Presence is a next generation telemedicine technology platform which combines the power of robotics, wireless, and the Internet to enable hospitals and physicians to bring the right care to a patient at the right time. Capabilities include two-way audio visual communication, mobility at both ends, and a software architecture which ensures reliable and robust connections from anywhere with Internet access. This enables a physician to “beam in” immediately to the patient’s side to render care.
About InTouch Technologies
InTouch Technologies, Inc. (d.b.a. InTouch Health) is a privately held company based in Santa Barbara, CA. The company has pioneered Remote Presence technology for healthcare providers. Through its RP-7® Remote Presence Robotic System, a proprietary mobile robotic and communications platform, doctors are able to consult with hospital-based patients and staff more easily and frequently. The InTouch Health solution leverages the time and expertise of healthcare professionals across multiple care facilities, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery.