InTouch Health Chooses Ann Arbor Region for New Location

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Ann Arbor Spark, the Washtenaw County economic development agency, said Thursday that it had attracted California-based InTouch Health to locate a research and development operation at Valley Ranch Business Park in Pittsfield Township.

Spark said it provided site selection and talent recruitment support to InTouch Health.

However, the company wouldn’t say how many employees it would be hiring in Ann Arbor.

“InTouch Health chose Ann Arbor because of its rich software development talent pool, including experienced and new college graduates, as well as the region’s concentration of robotics companies,” said Michael A. Finney, Ann Arbor Spark president and CEO.  “The incredible wealth of smart, talented tech people in our region makes Ann Arbor the best choice for businesses that want to grow.”

InTouch Health is a privately held robotics technology company based in Santa Barbara, Calif. It develops, manufactures and markets remote presence technology. InTouch Health’s medical robotics team has more than 50 patents and patents pending for its technology, products and solutions.

“The software and technical talent throughout the Ann Arbor region will enable InTouch Health to ramp up our operations quickly, and hit the ground running,” said Dan Weigel, director of human resources for InTouch Health. “The team of software developers and related staff at the InTouch Health Ann Arbor location will work closely with our Santa Barbara office on product development and customer support.”

InTouch Health helps partner hospitals transform their care delivery process with innovative healthcare models, leading to improved quality of care. Over one network, through a single interface, physicians can access a range of FDA-cleared Remote Presence devices to provide care into ED’s, ICU’s, patient wards, operating and procedure rooms.

InTouch Health has already developed a presence in the state of Michigan with over 45 remote presence endpoints located in hospitals across the state.  Additionally, Michigan’s largest venture capital firm, Beringea, was one of InTouch Health’s earliest and ongoing investors which most recently invested $6 million through its InvestMichigan! Growth Capital Fund.

The company has more than 300 hospital locations on six continents using remote presence to deliver specialty care services such as stroke, critical care coverage, cardiology, trauma, pediatrics, neonatology, psychiatry, patient rounds, translation services, clinical education and surgical/procedure mentoring.  For more information, please visit www.intouchhealth.com.

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