One of the "Perspectives" pieces published in the April 2015 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine highlights the importance of working to remove language barriers. The piece reviews a patient who was on duplicative medication because of a miscommunication due to a language barrier. Had this mistake not been caught, the patient would have received a permanent pacemaker when unnecessary.
Bernard L. Lopez, MD, MS, CPE, FACEP, FAAEM speaks about the importance of communication, discusses current barriers for limited-English-proficiency patients, and gives his impressions of the Canopy Medical Translator App. Dr. Lopez is a professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Engagement at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.