Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is First Hospital to Offer Aira Services for Blind and Low-Vision Patients and Visitors

October 15th, 2019

Centered in the middle of the image is the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset logo, with the hospital name written in blue text with a red vertical line to the right of it and “RWJBarnabas Health” written to the right of the line. “RWJ” is in red text while “Barnabas Health" is in blue text. A triangle is on the bottom right in Aira blue with a small white circle with the Aira “A” centered in the middle of it.

SOMERVILLE, NJ, Oct. 15, 2019 – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is the first hospital in the nation to offer Aira services for blind and low-vision patients and visitors. Aira is an app-based service that connects individuals with sight loss with highly-trained, remotely located agents who can guide them throughout the hospital and assist with other tasks where visual information can be useful.

Through the camera on a smartphone, Aira agents can see the individual’s surroundings and direct them step by step to their destination. The service is available free of charge courtesy of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset when users are on the hospital’s campus.

“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is committed to eliminating barriers to health care and improving access for all members of our community,” said Tony Cava, President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. “We are proud to be Aira’s first hospital partner, ensuring that blind and low-vision members of our community can safely access our facility to get the care that they need.”

“Health systems play a key role in everyone’s life,” said Suman Kanuganti, Founder and President of Aira. “Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is leading by example through enhancing access to their facilities for everyone.”

For more information about Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, visit www.rwjbh.org/somerset. For a physician referral, call 888-724-7123

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Located in Somerville, New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a nationally accredited, 341-bed regional hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical, behavioral health and rehabilitative services to central New Jersey residents.  As a designated teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the hospital maintains a family medicine residency program with 21 residents.

RWJUH Somerset has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and designation as a “Top Teaching Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group. As the first hospital in New Jersey to offer primary health care services for the LGBTQIA community, RWJUH Somerset has been honored as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset has been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. RWJBarnabas Health and RWJUH Somerset in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – bring a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

About Aira

Aira Tech Corp is a company dedicated to making lives simpler, easier, and more fun. Based in San Diego, California, we use the latest technologies to connect people who are blind or have low vision with real, highly-trained professionals who provide visual information on demand. To learn more about Aira, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website at www.aira.io.