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Empowering Patients Through Medical Translation

[fa icon="calendar"] April 17, 2018 / by Margarita Núñez

Application for Medical Translations

Technology is advancing more quickly than ever these days, and MedTech (Medical Technology) is flourishing along with it. In fact, the World Economic Forum has designated medical technology as a prime industry for investment in the coming years due to its robust projected growth. With such a strong presence in the medical community, MedTech companies must consider how best to serve the most people. Getting their medical documentation translated using professional medical translation services is the best and most reliable way to take a step toward that goal.

Information and Consent in Their Language

The field of medicine is focused around a few key tenets, and one of the most important ones in patient-side operations is informed consent. Informed consent is about protecting the legal rights of patients and guiding the ethical practice of medicine. It may be used for different purposes in different contexts: legal, ethical or administrative. This principle states that for a treatment to be ethical, the patient must fully comprehend and agree to that course of action. This means that they must be privy to as much of the salient information as they can reasonably process.

While any patient has the option of having their physician explain the necessary details to them, this would not be the only choice available in an ideal situation. Many would prefer not to settle for a second-hand summary when they could have the option of reading the relevant texts independently in their own language and deciding which are most important to them as an individual. For some, this is already possible, but not for all. 

No Language Barrier

The language barrier sometimes stops patients who lack proficiency in another language from accessing information on medical technology for themselves.

Around the world, 78% of countries require instructions for use for medical products sold to be translated into the native languages of their residents.

Language problems in verbal communication have already been shown to cause significantly worse health outcomes for non-English speakers in preventive, direct and follow-up care. It is reasonable to conclude that written communication would present similar difficulties.

This is one of the reasons providing informational materials translated in their own language is one of the most important things a MedTech company can do for the patients who buy those medical products. Not only does translation do the medical community a service, it also has the potential to boost the value of a brand, by making it more attractive to the patients that use that brand. 

MedTech companies which are prepared to make an investment by getting their products, documentation and websites translated are unlikely to be disappointed with the results and will more likely gain more customer satisfaction, be more compliant, and gain market share.

MedTech companies serve both business and humanitarian functions, and translation services stand to bolster both.

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Topics: Medical Translation

Margarita Núñez

Written by Margarita Núñez

Margarita serves as SimulTrans’ Director responsible for European sales, overseeing a team of account managers who build and maintain relationships with customers. She travels frequently throughout Europe, advising clients on best practices in the industry and helping them successfully localize their products for a global market. Margarita has spent over 20 years in the localization industry.