Evaluation of Remote Simultaneous Medical Interpreting, Phase One


Culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services are critical to the provision of quality care to the millions of foreign-born U.S. residents who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency. Recognizing the importance of such services, medical providers and researchers are just beginning to identify effective language interpreting systems. Preliminary studies indicate that a new system providing remote simultaneous interpreting to doctors and patients through wireless headsets can increase satisfaction among patients and their providers. Moreover, anecdotal data suggests that the system, known as Remote Simultaneous Medical Interpreting (RSMI), may also improve diagnostic ability. This project will conduct a randomized control trial of RSMI at a New York City public hospital to evaluate its impact on health outcomes and costs.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
New York University
Principal Investigator:
Francesca Gany, M.D., M.S.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 13, 2001

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