Every great achievement in medicine began with a spark of curiosity.
Scientist and clinicians have never stopped asking themselves the great question: “how can we achieve the unachievable?”
From eradicating polio to restoring sight to the blind, we have continuously reshaped the future by rethinking the impossible.
However, the next great advancement in medical science must be bridging the language barrier.
Translating more than just words
Bridging the language gap is about more than just translating words from one language to another.
It is about transforming access to patient care for the most underserved populations in our non-English speaking and deaf communities.
Assisting medical centers in transitioning the healthcare experience for limited English speaking patients has been one of our most ambitious goals here at A Foreign Language Service.
In 2016, it was estimated that a record 64.7 million U.S. residents spoke a foreign language at home, which presents the inability to effectively communicate with these growing populations seeking treatment as perhaps the greatest challenge facing modern medicine.
When the basic ability to communicate is missing between a physician and a patient often the only things that are accurately translated are feelings of confusion and frustration.
Fluent in the future
Forecasting the future in healthcare is quite popular these days.
However, to meet the predicted increase demands for hospital care by
Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients, front-line doctors and agencies providing on-site translation assistance such as A Foreign Language Service (AFLS) must collaborate.
Helping LEP patients make informed decisions on their healthcare is the shared goal of both the medical community and AFLS.
As waiting rooms continue to fill up with non-English speaking patients, from across the world, AFLS stands alone as the only agency that can provide on-site interpreters who are fluent in over 400 different languages.
Having interpreters available who are fluent in more than one language will allow physicians to offer potentially lifesaving treatment to patients in the future who they were never able to communicate with effectively in the past.