• Improves surgeon access to training and education programs
• Validates emergence of Remote Presence telemedicine solutions to support more rapid and comprehensive training for new or complex surgical procedures/techniques
• Targeted at Medical Device Companies and Surgical Education/Training Organizations to extend value and flexibility of traditional surgeon training programs
Santa Barbara, CA, February 8, 2012 - InTouch Technologies, Inc. (dba InTouch Health)and Platinum Training announced today that the companies entered into a Definitive Agreement to develop and co-market 2-way video collaboration and broadcast solutions for surgeon training and education to be sold through Platinum's national network of surgical skills labs.
The first offerings of the partnership were incubated at Platinum's MERIN lab in Henderson, Nevada leveraging InTouch Health's custom-developed RP-Vantage™ telementoring system and SureCAST™ webcasting solution. (The RP-Vantage combines InTouch Health's core Remote Presence technology with multiple camera "vantage points" tailored for surgical telementoring and remote procedure collaboration in operating and procedure rooms.) These offerings enable real-time virtual attendance and broadcasts to complement in-person medical education programs and include moderated interactive training programs, surgeon-to-surgeon lab collaboration and training, live remote lab observation, as well as lab session recording and postproduction.
“We are very excited to be entering into a partnership with Platinum Training, the market leader in surgical skills lab management, to merge our surgical telementoring and broadcast solutions with their unique services, vision, high-quality facilities and consistent lab execution,” said Charlie Huiner, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for InTouch Health. “Together our goal is to leverage innovative technology to offer a new paradigm for surgical training, providing all stakeholders - surgeons, medical device companies, sales and medical education staff - with extended options to attend training labs virtually, thereby multiplying the value of investments made to conduct in-person labs. We expect to greatly improve clinician access while also reducing travel and related expenses”.
“InTouch Health's innovative technology and telemedicine market leadership and the intuitiveness of their surgical telementoring interface make them an ideal partner” said Chuck Oddo, CEO of Platinum Training. “We expect over 50,000 medical professional visits in the next two years across our network of facilities. The clinical benefits gained by providing high-quality, timely and more frequent access to medical training will yield improved outcomes for many thousands of patients around the world.”
About InTouch Health
InTouch Health provides end-to-end telemedicine solutions and expertise that enable physicians to perform real-time consults with patients. Through a single portal, physicians can access a host of purpose-built, FDA-cleared telemedicine devices to provide care anywhere across the continuum: EDs, ICUs, procedure rooms, patient wards, clinics, ambulances and homes. The InTouch Health Remote Presence telemedicine network is powered through its SureCONNECT® cloud-based infrastructure providing unparalleled connection quality and reliability, interoperability, workflow imaging and documentation, and services and support. Wherever access to medical expertise is limited, InTouch Health's Remote Presence telemedicine solutions can effectively extend the physician's reach to manage patient care, thereby removing critical time and distance barriers. The Company has more than 400 hospital locations on six continents enrolled in its Remote Presence network for the delivery of telemedicine services such as stroke, critical care, cardiology, trauma, pediatrics, neonatology, behavior health, language translations, and clinical education and surgical/procedure mentoring.
About Platinum Training
Platinum Training is a Medical Education Solutions provider focused on elevating surgical outcomes. Using a foundation of more effective technology and evolving medical education processes, Platinum Training helps fill the need for faster proficiency and competency of medical technologies and procedures. Platinum Training leads the bioskills industry in providing effective solutions that can be deployed consistently across its network of bioskills centers. The Company offers a full range of services including wet labs, logistics, consulting, and distance learning offerings that support the continuing education of medical professionals.
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