VidaTalk closes two gaps in care. First, it enables communication for patients who are unable to speak (intubation, trach, stroke, head & neck surgery, etc.). Second, it empowers patients who cannot speak the language of their provider with a point-of-care translation tool that doesn't require an interpreter. This paradigm shift places both control of language access in the patient's hands as well as enabling bilingual communication for routine care without the organization being billed per minute for routine care requests.

Funded by the NIH, VidaTalk was developed to reduce health disparities for vulnerable patient populations, enabling them to experience equitable care. VidaTalk provides an effective means for critically ill, suddenly speechless patients to communicate without ambiguity and better participate in their care. This helps reduce their anxiety and avoid the sense of terror and isolation that is inevitable when someone, at the most critical time of their life, cann...
VidaTalk closes two gaps in care. First, it enables communication for patients who are unable to speak (intubation, trach, stroke, head & neck surgery, etc.). Second, it empowers patients who cannot speak the language of their provider with a point-of-care translation tool that doesn't require an interpreter. This paradigm shift places both control of language access in the patient's hands as well as enabling bilingual communication for routine care without the organization being billed per minute for routine care requests.

Funded by the NIH, VidaTalk was developed to reduce health disparities for vulnerable patient populations, enabling them to experience equitable care. VidaTalk provides an effective means for critically ill, suddenly speechless patients to communicate without ambiguity and better participate in their care. This helps reduce their anxiety and avoid the sense of terror and isolation that is inevitable when someone, at the most critical time of their life, cannot accurately convey their thoughts, symptoms and needs to their family or people caring for them.

More recently, VidaTalk has been deployed systemwide in medical centers to support language access as well. When providers enter the room of a patient that doesn't speak their language, providers tend not to retrieve the video remote interpreter on wheels because retrieving it is disruptive to workflow. When VidaTalk is readily available at the bedside, these patients experience equitable care and benefit from reduced health disparities because they are able to communicate without ambiguity needs, symptoms, questions and prompt access to an interpreter.

Over the last year, since completion of our 5-year longitudinal NIH funded study developing and testing VidaTalk, other sites we have partnered with around VidaTalk include The Ohio State University Medical Center, University of Colorado Health, Partners Health System, Northwestern, UCLA Health and expanding to other UC sites within the UC system, St Jude's and several others. 

If it works for you, it might be helpful to arrange a meeting with some of your colleagues and walk through a demo and some of our easy to implement QI projects. Clinical leaders that take great interest in VidaTalk include the Director of Nursing, ICU Managers/Directors, Acute Care Rehab, Speech Therapy, Interpreter Services, Patient Experience and Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
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