The pandemic’s second wave has arrived, bringing with it an increase in overburdened hospitals and distraught communities. So, what have we learned? We know hospitals will need to control spread by reducing onsite staff, canceling elective surgeries and routine visits, and quarantining patients as best as they can.
November 30, 2020
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Published on November 19, 2020
Blumenthal et al outline the crises and their suggested solutions under four main topics: Insurance Coverage, Financial Loss, Racial and Ethnic Disparities within the System, and the Public Health Crisis. These are not only the four main crises of healthcare, but of our nation, as we continue to struggle through the pandemic. Much of Blumenthal et al’s advice hinges on the need for drastic reform and federal oversight. While we agree, we also think that the conversation about the future of healthcare must include telehealth.READ MORE
Published on November 5, 2020
This piece is the fifth in a series, written by Cloudbreak Health’s quality, training and advocacy leaders, that discusses medical language access and related topics.
In this volume, we focus on what goes on behind-the-scenes to make a video remote interpreting (VRI) session possible.
Published on October 23, 2020
The following is a reaction to the points made in Ross and Runwal’s piece, as well as additional data and research that exposes not just the disproportionate impact of the pandemic along racial divides, but linguistic ones as well.READ MORE
Published on October 7, 2020
Evan Lee-Ferrand is the Medical Interpreter Supervisor for VCU Health in Richmond, Virginia. He’s been working in language services his entire career, beginning as an interpreter himself. Evan knows how integral language is to culture.READ MORE
Published on September 21, 2020
Assess the situation. Ask yourself if these are special circumstances and the whiteboard is the only option for communication. Use the whiteboard sparingly and as a last resort. Document the reason for the request if it falls outside of these guidelines.READ MORE
Published on July 13, 2020