New healthcare technology must respect the needs of LEP audiences

A lot of hope — and money — is being invested in technology as a means for helping promote improved healthcare. Fueled in part by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), this situation in the U.S. is sure to continue to heat up.

Jacob Goldstein, writing in the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog, cites a report from DataMonitor in which Intel and General Electric claim that the North American and European markets for just one facet of this effort, “telehealth” and home-health monitoring, are expected to grow from $3 billion in 2009 to some $7.7 billion by 2012.

Part of the goal with telehealth is to enable doctors to monitor their sick patients remotely, so the patients can stay at home. Google and IBM already say that patients can use IBM software to transfer data from medical devices like blood-pressure cuffs and glucose monitors directly to Google’s online personal health record.

The promise for these innovations is truly exciting. Meanwhile, the challenge for technology companies, and the healthcare providers who invest in their tools, will be to ensure that all patients, especially those for whom English is a struggle, also benefit.

Good health!


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