Telehealth developer InTouch Health said today it inked a multi-year licensing service agreement with Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) to deepen the robotic surgery giant’s Internet of Medical Things network connecting its da Vinci systems.
Santa Barbara-based InTouch Health said that its proprietary IoMT network is intended to allow healthcare companies to connect their surgical systems globally to allow for real-time data exchange, improved clinical insights, collaborative efforts between disparate locations and service and maintenance monitoring.
“Hospital firewalls and security requirements are purpose-built to keep outsiders outside, which makes in-facility telehealth between two unaffiliated institutions with separate security protocols and VPNs a major challenge. Over the past 15 years, we solved this issue by creating the only telehealth network that reliably connects across secure provider networks. It’s because of our network that our customers experience a first-time connection success rate of over 95 percent. Today, healthcare companies, like Intuitive, which want to push and pull data to and from their devices are asking InTouch to help them build an equally secure, reliable, and scalable network for IoMT. As we look for new ways to maximize the impact technology has on healthcare and enable the increasing demand for data, I believe InTouch’s IoMT network will be as big of a market opportunity as our core telehealth business,” InTouch Health CEO Joseph DeVivo said in a press release.
InTouch Health said that its network is both HITRUST certified and HIPAA compliant.
“As a global leader in minimally invasive care, this agreement will expand Intuitive’s use of real-time data to support surgeons in the OR and help them achieve better patient outcomes,” Intuitive Surgical systems & vision senior VP Brian Miller said in a prepared statement.
In May, InTouch Health reported raising $21 million in a round of equity financing, according to SEC filings.