Short bedside interactions provide critical pieces of information for patient care. Yet for limited English proficiency patients, these interactions are challenging. Live interpreters are not readily available in these settings due to limited resources. Additionally, the phone/video interpreter set up may deter from the daily workflow. However, using the accessibility of Google Glass, Google Translate, and Nuance software, we could develop a Glass-based interpretation app that would allow for real time, meaningful interactions between patients and providers. Patients would speak in their primary language, Google Glass would capture their words, the speech would be converted to text via Nuance, and then translated and displayed to the provider. Initially, the providers could be connected to an interpreter via Google Glass if a longer interaction is necessary. Future work could include a dynamic provider response in which the provider’s speech is translated in real time to the patient.
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