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Health Tech: Pocket Translator Helps Healthcare Workers

Doctors can’t help you if they can’t understand what you’re saying. A pocket device can help solve this problem.

A person walks into a hospital emergency room and is obviously sick, but there’s a problem. None of the staff can understand what the person is saying because they don’t speak their language. More than 350 different languages are spoken in the U.S. alone, and it’s impossible to have translators on staff for all of them. That’s where the new Pocketalk Plus device comes in. The handheld device can translate text and speech in 82 different languages. A large screen makes it easier to read the text and a 3-watt speaker makes the translated speech audible even in noisy settings. The original Pocketalk was first pressed into service when the Diamond Princess cruise ship arrived in Japan with English-speaking passengers infected with COVID. The Pocketalk allowed the Japanese healthcare professionals to speak with and treat the patients. The latest version is HIPAA-compliant, making it even better suited for healthcare applications.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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