iRobot Corp., a provider of robotic technology-based services, on Tuesday announced a $6 million investment and expanded partnership with InTouch Health, a provider of remote presence telemedicine services. The $6 million investment represents a minority position in the company.
The announcement expands upon the joint development and licensing agreement iRobot  (Bedford, Mass., USA) announced in July 2011, which was established to explore opportunities for healthcare applications on iRobot platforms.
iRobot and InTouch  (Santa Barbara, Calif., USA) will work together with iRobot Ave, iRobot’s mobile robotics platform which helps designers, developers and market specialists work to deploy mobile robotic services, which in this case will be for telehealth services.
Under the expanded agreement, InTouch Health will provide access to FDA regulated healthcare facilities, providing iRobot with an initial foray into hospitals, emergency care facilities, patient wards and operating and procedure rooms. Working together, iRobot and InTouch will collaborate on a wide variety of technologies across each company's patent portfolio and leverage combined experiences in remote presence telemedicine solutions.
InTouch currently operated in over eighty hospitals around the world and offers FDA-cleared telemedicine devices to provide care in homes, clinics, ambulances, procedure rooms, EDs, ICUs, and patient wards.