Working Together to Develop Medical Interpreter Qualification Standards: CyraCom and the NCIHC
With the interpreting profession expected to grow much faster than the national employment average, having standards in place for medical interpreter training programs is of the utmost importance.
Recently, my colleague Jonathan Levy and I were able to assist the NCIHC in developing its National Standards for Healthcare Interpreter Training Programs. Since CyraCom uses a rigorous approach to interpreter training, which includes 120 hours of healthcare-focused interpreter training, our program and nine others were selected by the NCIHC as guides to inform the standards.
Now, because of these efforts, standards are in place to promote medical interpreter qualification. And better trained interpreters means decreased patient risk.
We are proud to have been a part of it.
*To learn more, watch this webinar I participated in with Julie Burns from the NCIHC. We discuss the standards and give more information about CyraCom’s rigorous training program.
CyraCom’s interpretation and translation solutions are exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. With ISO 9001:2008 certified quality processes, US-based medically-trained interpreters, and a dedicated account management team, we are equipped to meet your patients’ language needs.