The nature of how we access our healthcare, and what that healthcare will look like in the future is in flux in the developed and developing worlds. New medical technologies, changes in how we consult with doctors and healthcare professionals, plus shifting population demographics mean there are a lot of exciting opportunities for advancements in global healthcare (access, medicines and technologies) — as well as some hurdles to overcome. What this also means is that specialized translation services working with medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies need to keep up with these healthcare trends — especially as they relate to evolving healthcare technologies and new medical devices.
Healthcare Consumer Technology & Medical Translations
Technology is a big deal in the medical world. Often people equate this tech with the medical device industry. While that’s often the case, it’s important to realize that healthcare consumers and patients now have access to plenty of technology before they ever visit a healthcare professional. And depending on where they live and what language they speak, they’ll be looking for healthcare services and technology in their native tongues, which is why medical terminology translations and specialized translations in healthcare will play such a pivotal role in the spread of easy access to global healthcare in the years to come.
Medical smartphone apps and smart wearable medical devices are going to be huge in our collective healthcare future. When people are in need of healthcare advice or services, they want them as quickly as possible. Long waits in an overcrowded doctor’s office just won’t cut it in an interconnected world with vast medical resources online. Products like the Bluetooth-compatible Quell Relief knee brace (coming with sensors that can be accessed via an app), or Google’s opens in a new window Smart Contact Lenses (Samsung and other companies are working on similar tech) that not only improve vision and give wearers access to digital devices, but also monitor glucose levels opens in a new window in order to help manage diabetes, glaucoma and other conditions, offer a glimpse of how healthcare technology is set to progress.
With exciting new wearable medical technologies coming online, plus an explosion in the popularity of wearable fitness trackers like Microsoft Band and Fitbit (monitoring heart rate, steps, sleep patterns, weight and more), and healthcare apps like MyChart opens in a new window (retrieving your medical records on your phone) and DoctorOnDemand (access to doctors online), healthcare translation services can support medical device companies and healthcare app designers in their drive to reach as many healthcare consumers as possible — in markets as diverse as Jakarta and Manhattan.
Specialized Translation and Localization
As the paradigm in healthcare patterns shift, healthcare translation services like those offered by GlobalVision are well positioned to help established companies — or healthcare startups — localize their healthcare apps, devices and services. When a potential client can consult with a doctor in Denver or London, even if that patient lives in Cairo or New Delhi, the apps he or she chooses, the instructions for the gadgets utilized, and the webpages accessed all need to meet the specific language requirements of the consumers and doctors alike. This is why specialized translation services and future healthcare trends will most likely grow in tandem — helping meet the healthcare needs of our diverse planet.
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