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The Increasing Importance of Medical Interpreting Services

Updated: Nov 23, 2019

Translating from one language to another can be a tricky business, but when it comes to providing medical interpretation tricky business becomes serious business, and therefore there is little room for error. One problem many hospitals and doctor offices run into is communicating with patients and lacking a complete understanding of their patient's overall health needs. Often times medical professionals must rely on the patient's friends and family members to help close that communication gap between the medical professional and the patient. Unfortunately, however, as the case may be sometimes, relying on family members to be the communication bridge between doctors and patient may lead to serious, if not fatal, consequences. Regrettably, there are too many stories and noted cases where the lack of professional interpretation services caused a misdiagnosis or grave misunderstanding of the patient's true medical needs. To fill that gap, hospitals and other medical professionals have turned to remote interpretation services, connecting medical professionals and patients via professional interpreters who work from their home office or in-house for a local translation service company. While these interpreters help to fill that gap and provide a valuable service to hospitals and medical offices the world over, there is still some room for error since remote technology can never truly replace the valuable expertise of a live medical interpreter. Despite advances, and the great strides taken by many state and local governments to close that communication gap, the factor of the matter remains, that the need for professional interpreters specialized in medical terminology still exists throughout many parts of the United States, as well as all around the world. While the goal of providing medical interpretation to every corner of the world may never be realized, NGO's and many for-profit organizations are working to try to help close that gap, as the need for medical interpretation services will only grow in some parts of the world with ever growing and ever-aging populations that will require medical treatments along with interpreting services. To help ease into this quagmire, it will be important for governments at every level to begin focusing some of their attention and their energy on creating programs that will encourage talented people with the drive and desire to become translators and interpreters in order to ensure that the future of our medical services can strive and perform at the same levels of service regardless of how. or in what language, that service is delivered.


Concordis Language Services is a provider of professional translation services and on-site interpreting services throughout the USA, with headquarters in Massachusetts, USA. Concordis Language Services helps companies, nonprofits, and professional organizations of all stripes to communicate with customers, clients, and business partners in over 100 languages. For 2019 and beyond, the company is looking to continue to develop its network of professional interpreters and provide valuable training and resources to interpreters in order to help foster positive working relationships among clients and service providers.

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