Effective communication is a vital part of healthcare. For patients, it means clearly conveying symptoms and concerns; for practitioners, it means plainly laying out potential diagnoses and treatment plans.
Sadly, clear communication is not always as simple as it should be. For patients with hearing impairments, navigating the healthcare space can be very challenging, particularly if the location does not have a signing interpreter on staff to help convey meaning.
This may not be the norm for much longer, as technology companies are working to bridge the communication barrier in healthcare using artificial intelligence and automated reality. But can machine translation tools actually help hearing-impaired patients in a real clinical setting? We find out.
Also in the next issue of Medical Technology, we take a wider look at the uptake of technology in healthcare to find out how tech is changing the patient/doctor dynamic, and explore the latest trends in medical devices.
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