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On Demand Interpreters Available in Hospital, Clinics

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Communication between doctor and patient is critical.

But imagine not being able to have that dialogue--while in need of urgent care.

It actually happens a lot

A population boom in the state of North Dakota means more diversity in hospitals and clinics--especially in the western part of the state.

To better communicate with people from all walks of life...

Sanford Health now has an ON DEMAND interpreter for several different languages that health workers can access via ipads.

They simply log in, choose a language--and an interpreter pops on screen.

"Two of the most common that we use is the sign language and the Spanish, which are available 24 hours a day/7 days week."

"It's been really helpful, our patients, really appreciate we're able to get that for them."

Dr. Stahl, an ER doctor has used the Spanish and Russian application three times in the last six months.

She says it helps to actually see and hear the interpreter and the patient at the same time.

14:35 "Absolutely essential, in the ER, things happen very quickly, we need to get information very quickly, but we need to get accurate information very quickly and this helps us to do that." 14:43 says Dr. Nigeria Stahl, ER medical physician

Overall Sanford will have 20 IPads that allow the service at all locations including Dickinson and Minot.

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