Canopy Innovations is an NYC-based digital health company that is transforming the way our healthcare system communicates with underserved patients. The language barrier undermines quality of care for the 27+ million patients who have limited-English proficiency, and creates enormous workflow and financial constraints to the health delivery organizations that serve them. With support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Canopy has developed a suite of products to tackle these challenges. Learn more...
Perspectives on the Language Barrier in Healthcare
In this video, Dr. Christine O'Dea discusses the Canopy Learn Medical Spanish Course. Dr. O'Dea, MD is the Director of Global Health Education in the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Check out the rest of the series here.
“I feel handcuffed”: Dr. Bernard Lopez offers his experience of language barriers in the emergency setting and gives his impressions of Canopy Speak. Dr. Lopez is a professor and Vice Chair of the Dept. of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Associate Dean of Diversity and Community Engagement at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.
Unfortunately, children often interpret for family members who speak little English. Medical mistranslations are common and they can be devastating. In fact, 2 our of 3 misinterppretations have clinical consequences. If health facilities had the right tools, then the wrong person wouldn’t be interpreting.