Using Technology to Improve Access to Health Care for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations Important initiatives in health care include (a) improving access to services for disadvantaged populations, (b) providing equal access for individuals with limited or non-English proficiency, and (c) ensuring cultural competence of health-care providers to facilitate effective services for individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds (U.S. Department of Health and ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
Using Technology to Improve Access to Health Care for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
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  • Pauline A. Mashima
    Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • Disclosure: Pauline A. Mashima has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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Article   |   December 01, 2012
Using Technology to Improve Access to Health Care for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2012, Vol. 19, 71-76. doi:10.1044/cds19.3.71
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2012, Vol. 19, 71-76. doi:10.1044/cds19.3.71

Important initiatives in health care include (a) improving access to services for disadvantaged populations, (b) providing equal access for individuals with limited or non-English proficiency, and (c) ensuring cultural competence of health-care providers to facilitate effective services for individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, 2001). This article provides a brief overview of the use of technology by speech-language pathologists and audiologists to extend their services to underserved populations who live in remote geographic areas, or when cultural and linguistic differences impact service delivery.

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