Nash Health Care Utilizes Technology Ensuring Quality Communication

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the leading regional health care provider for over 35 years, Nash Health Care is committed to a philosophy that patients are more than simply patients and instead members of a shared community of neighbors and friends. Nash Health Care takes this commitment seriously. This responsibility involves recognizing the ever-growing cultural diversity and assuring that language differences are not a barrier to achieving the best health care possible.

Partnering with Language Access Network (LAN), Nash Health Care utilizes Martti™ (My Accessible Real-Time Trusted Interpreter), LAN's state-of-the-art technology, providing live Video Medical Interpretation services for its Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing patients. Martti units are lightweight and portable, allowing patients and providers to actually see and communicate directly with LAN's highly trained medical interpreters within seconds at the touch of the screen. "They are so easy to use, that our staff and patients are not intimidated by the equipment," explains Cindy Worthy, Nash Health Care's Executive Director Continuum of Care. "I always get positive feedback."

LAN interpreters are strictly medical and are among the most qualified in the industry and available in over 210 languages, including American Sign Language, via its dedicated HIPAA-compliant high-speed broadband network, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. "It is very important to us to have medically-trained interpreters. Prior to discovering Martti, we utilized a service that was unsatisfactory and did not meet all of our language needs. In addition, it was extremely expensive to have 24/7 access. Martti has been very cost-effective, while at the same time, expanding services to our patients and better meeting their language needs." Worthy added.

"Diversity in patient populations throughout the country is constantly growing. As a physician-led company, we understand that with clear communication at the onset of care, patients are much more at ease and providers have increased confidence in delivering accurate diagnoses and treatments," explains LAN founder and COO, Andrew Panos.

About Language Access Network, LLC

Language Access Network, LLC (LAN) is the leader in trusted healthcare communications. LAN provides Video Medical Interpretation (VMI) services to over 350 hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. A physician owned company solely focused on healthcare, LAN has unique insight into driving better outcomes, improving patient satisfaction and being a true partner to hospitals. Targeted towards Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing patient populations, LAN provides its rapidly growing client base with 24/7/365 access to the highest quality, trained interpreters available via its centralized video language centers.

About Nash Health Care

Nash Health Care is a non-profit hospital authority affiliated with UNC Health Care. Nash Health Care is comprised of five licensed hospitals totaling 403 beds: Nash General Hospital, Nash Day Hospital, the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center, Community Hospital and Coastal Plain Hospital.

CONTACT: Dori Jennings, LAN 614.468.6043 Dawn Wilson, Nash Health Care 252.962.8766 ddwilson@NHCS.ORG

Source: Language Access Network