RIDGEFIELD, NJ – September 2, 2022: – General Devices has partnered with LanguageLine Solutions to provide seamless access to video interpretation on its e-Bridge communications platform the company announced today. First responders will now be able to quickly bring a professional language or American Sign Language interpreter virtually on-scene within seconds.
General Devices helps hospitals and emergency medical services (EMS) deliver better patient care with time-saving communication solutions. Driven by responsive innovation, the company develops cost-effective technology in response to the changing needs of the healthcare industry. Their systems are highly configurable, user-friendly, and innovative—impacting the lives of tens-of-thousands of patients every day.
LanguageLine has been the world leader in innovative language-access solutions since 1982. The company sets the global standard for phone, video, and onsite interpreting. LanguageLine is trusted by more than 30,000 clients to enable communication with the limited English proficient, Deaf, and Hard-of-Hearing communities. LanguageLine provides the industry’s fastest and most dependable access to more than 17,000 professional linguists in 240-plus languages – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. No other language service provider supports more healthcare providers than LanguageLine.
“General Devices is excited about its partnership with LanguageLine and what that means for our EMS and hospital clients, and more importantly for their patients,” General Devices CEO Curt Bashford said. “By integrating video interpretation service into our e-Bridge communication platform, first responders can quickly access a professional live video interpreter in seconds for simply seamless care.”
The telehealth component that General Devices delivers is HIPAA-secure and includes communication of audio, video, picture, and live streaming between and among healthcare teams. They have seen the adoption of telehealth for EMS accelerate in the last few years so that EMS could treat patients with COVID from a distance, and to limit exposure in healthcare spaces.
This has led to an accelerated adoption of the ET3 payment model for treat in place solutions. Their e-Bridge platform allows first responders to facilitate video conference calls to hospital physicians in order to provide treatment without transports to a medical facility.
“This important advancement represents yet another example of what we call ‘Responsive Innovation’,” Bashford said. “I believe that with the growth of programs like ET3 and community paramedicine, whereby patients are treated in-place and not transported to the hospital, telehealth and video language interpretation for LEP patients will be essential.”
Medically qualified Interpreters can be reached in seconds from the e-Bridge app. Users simply press the “Interpreter” button and choose a language, and they are immediately connected to a linguist via video.
“We applaud General Devices for deciding to add ‘always-on’ access to interpreters,” LanguageLine President and CEO Scott W. Klein said. “Our goals are very much aligned, as we both want to make a significant contribution to the health and well-being of our communities. Both of us aim to eliminate language barriers in health care and help facilitate equal treatment for all.”
About GD (General Devices)
GD is a Health-tech company specializing in communications, mobile telemedicine and telehealth solutions that help EMS, fire and MIH-CP first responders and hospitals, and deliver smarter, expedient patient care. Powered by responsive innovation, GD’s user-friendly solutions facilitate rapid, secure, voice and data communications sharing across care teams to help save time, money and lives. Backed by a 40+ year history and thousands of implementations, GD is a widely revered industry leader. Visit https://general-devices.com/ to learn more.