For the millions of Americans who cannot communicate with their physicians due to language barriers, a new device could change that, bringing them comfort in stressful medical situations.

Until now, patients have had extremely limited access to interpreters. Now, technology from The Language Access Network (TLAN) enables live, one-on-one communication with interpreters, 24-hours a day via a portable flat screen device in hospitals, medical centers, and pharmacies across the nation.

Upon entry to a hospital, medical facility, or pharmacy, a patient can connect with a TLAN interpreter via two-way video and speak their native tongue. A specialist will be able to determine the language and transfer the session to the proper interpreter. The interpreter will then help the physician and patient communicate.

Presently, TLAN maintains a call center that provides interpretation in 160 languages. TLAN serves several hospitals across the United States, with its most recent system installation at Mercy Hospital in Miami.

To find out more, visit TLAN online.