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Thursday, July 26, 2012

iRobot drives into hospitals

iRobot and InTouch Health have unveiling the RP-VITA, an Ava-based telemedicine platform for hospitals. As reported in February iRobot partnered with InTouch Health to develop a new platform for telepresence at hospitals. RP-VITA stands for "Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant."
The RP-VITA is the first remote presence solution for patient care that combines the latest in telemedicine technology from InTouch Health with the latest in autonomous navigation and mobility developed for the iRobot Ava™ mobile robotics platform. For the hospital market, the RP-VITA improves patient care by ensuring the physician is in the right place at the right time and has access to the necessary clinical information to take immediate action.
InTouch Health has received a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance with expanded indications for use for its range of Remote Presence devices which includes RP-7i®, RP-Lite®, RP-Vantage® and RP-Xpress® as well as VisitOR1® which is sold by and is a registered trademark of Karl Storz. The expanded indications for use clear InTouch Health's Remote Presence devices for active patient monitoring in high acuity environments where immediate clinical action may be required. The clearance specifically allows InTouch Health's Remote Presence devices to be used for pre-, peri-operative and post-surgical, cardiovascular, neurological, pre-natal, psychological and critical care assessments and examinations. Check out the video below for a demonstration of the new telepresence platform.

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