Across the nation, certified health care interpreters are in extreme demand. Most medical and health care practices provide patients with the invaluable service from a certified medical or health care interpreter. Certified interpreters are present for admittance, consultations, exams, and patient to health care provider appointments. Just as the interpreter is providing understanding to the patient, they are also relaying back pertinent information, like the patient’s current condition, and questions for the doctor. Not only do these interpreters turn over the information at a fast rate, they also must practice being calm during stressful and emotionally charged emergency situations.
An interpreter’s job doesn’t stop at the medical or health care facility. Oftentimes, the interpreter may be needed at a patient’s home, rehabilitation center, hospital, medical or healthcare facility. In some cases, the interpreter will assist the doctor with patient follow-ups, or helping the patient fill out paperwork after appointments or exams.
Medical and health care interpreters must have passed and obtained the state mandated certification to work in such facilities. Certified medical interpreters never cease in their learning and training as the certifications must be updated every few years. The certification process further qualifies that the interpreter is fit for servicing the medical and health care field, and is recognized by the state that they have met and surpassed all requirements.
Unfortunately, some providers do not offer medical or health care interpreters due to state or private funding constraints. When that happens, it’s important to make sure you’ve found a reliable interpreter to accompany you or a family member to appointments. If you’re in need of a certified healthcare or medical interpreter, Telelanguage offers on the spot interpreters that are able to be present within 30 minutes. Have an urgent or emergency situation and need an interpreter’s assistance within seconds? Download our free app for iPhone here, and reach any of our 2000 interpreters ready to speak in over 200 languages.
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