The aim of this study was to evaluate the process of implementing video remote interpreting (VRI) in a hospital already using in-person and over-the-phone interpreting (OPI), including the impact on utilization of language services, efficiency, and costs, as well as implementation challenges. Methods: A prospective program-evaluation design was used. From 2012 to 2017, 165 VRI carts and iPads were rolled out in clinics, inpatient wards, and the emergency department. Each area was supported for six weeks with training and problem-solving issues. Additional VRI rollouts occurred in groups, every two to four months. Outcomes were assessed using utilization and observation/interview data. Results: Postimplementation, 50,611 VRI encounters occurred for a total of 556,938 interpretation minutes. OPI decreased by 37.5%. Mean wait time for language services fell from 60 to 5 minutes. Rapid VRI uptake (> 10,000 VRI minutes in Year 1) occurred in clinics previously lacking access to in-person interpreters. VRI was associated with in-person interpreters having more time for professional development activities and with five promotions. Implementation challenges included initial resistance to VRI use, device connectivity problems, and six months’ lead-in time to establish proper VRI use. Challenges were overcome through ongoing education, dialogue, and implementation rounds. Conclusion: After overcoming initial challenges, VRI implementation, as part of provision of comprehensive language services, can potentially yield several benefits, including immediate extensive use, decreased OPI, reduced wait times for language services, rapid uptake in clinics previously lacking in-person interpreter access, and increased average minutes per encounter by in-person interpreters.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety|
|State||Published - Jul 2019|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Leadership and Management