NPR recently reported on the growing role of interpreters and translators in the Health Care industry in the United States. The article and accompanying radio report are definitely worth the read/listen. Here are a few interesting facts from it:
- A community hospital in Hillsboro, Ore., says that up to 20 percent of their patients require an interpreter.
- Of 3,500 medical interpreters in Oregon, only about 100 have the right qualifications to act as interpreters in hospitals.
- Oregon’s Office of Equity and Inclusion reports that it hopes to add 150 new interpreters over the next two years.
Demand for interpreters and translators in hospitals will only increase over the next 5 years. Now is the time for health care providers to establish long term relationships with translation agencies. The more you’ve worked with an agency the cheaper and smoother the translation or interpretation process can be.