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What Is Medical Translation?

Medical translation is a vital service in the medical industry. The translators are out there working hard and ensuring that all medical terms are correctly translated. This does not happen overnight. As you might imagine, there are several different factors that impact on the concept of medical translation and they all have to be considered during the process.

Medical translators are very special people, often underappreciated, who specialize in the field of medical translation for the health care environment. Health care translation even relate to translation service agencies, which some health care institutions make use of when they don’t have the relevant personnel at hand.

The possibility that you may have never heard of medical translators before, does not mean they work in disguise though. They are present all over the world in different medical sectors and they sometimes endure very harsh working conditions. Medical translators are fluent in more than one language and are able to work in the position of business translators and even legal translators.

Importance of a Medical Translator

The importance of translation agency is often ignored. Medical translators are employed for the purpose of accurately translating any medical text into understandable language. All medical documents need to be translated and this includes the following:

  • Outpatient documents/files
  • Doctors’ reports
  • Invoices and balance sheets
  • Test result reports

Medical translation also incorporates translation from audio-visual format to text. This is a very important aspect of medical translation as very important details can be missed if medical professionals only rely on visual images.

Very importantly, a medical translator is used as a reliable conveyor of medical information between a medical professional and a patient. There are many misunderstandings that occur because patients often don’t understand what the medical professional is trying to tell them. Making use of a medical translator can eliminate this problem and ensure that patients are always properly informed with regards to diagnosis of diseases and illness and treatment.

Misunderstanding of a diagnosis can lead to a broken relationship between a doctor and a patient. This often results in tragedy as patients then choose to completely ignore everything the doctor tries to say.

As there are many non-English speaking patients in South Africa, it becomes ever more important that there are adequate medical translation services in place. In instances where medical translators have to translate medical subjects from English to another language, it is preferable that they have relevant medical experience within the country where the other language is spoken. Medical translators who boast experience in foreign countries are regarded as major assets to the medical industry.

Additionally, medical translation is an ongoing educational experience. This means that medical translators should continuously expand their knowledge as the medical and pharmaceutical industries change and become more advanced.

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