St. Elizabeth’s Translation Services Go High Tech
The Utica area has become a haven for immigrants from around the world seeking freedom and economic opportunity. While these newcomers are adjusting to their surroundings and, in most cases, taking English language classes there is still a need for translation services, particularly at health care facilities such as St Elizabeth’s Hospital. Like everything else these services are going high tech.
Since there is still a shortage of qualified translators for certain languages the hospital, according to YNN, is looking to technology for help.
Their doctors are now using Internet web chats to connect with interpreters. Hospital officials say they treat 50 to 100 patients a day who need interpretation, and limited access to certain language services was hampering their ability to care for patients.
Utica has become a melting pot of different ethnicities and, given time, the newcomers will provide the economic and cultural life so crucial to the areas growth.