State of Oregon approves new web-based interpreting training program

LanguageLine_Solutions_2013_WebA new web-based interpreting training program developed by LanguageLine Academy has met the standards to train healthcare interpreters in Oregon. The state requires interpreters be qualified and certified to work at the 15 newly created Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO’s) serving people on the Oregon Health Plan. The Academy is the external testing and training arm of the global leader in language access, LanguageLine SolutionsSM.

Oregon is one of only a handful of states with qualification and certification exams for medical interpreters. The state recognizes three tiers of interpreters: registered (the basic level), qualified (tested in the language) and certified (tested in medical terminology.) At a minimum, interpreters must be at the qualified level to work at Oregon hospitals.

“There are only an estimated 16 qualified and 25 certified medical interpreters in Oregon out of an approximate 3,500 interpreters who work in the state, according to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, so the demand is extremely high for this new course,” said Winnie Heh, Senior Vice President, Global Operations of LanguageLine Solutions. “LanguageLine Academy provides a timely and meaningful solution. The web-format enables participants to conveniently complete 60-hours of training, at their own pace, from any location with high speed internet. Organizations looking to cut costs should find this format appealing as it also reduces down-time and the need for travel.”

Registration will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The price for the program is $620.

Ernst & Young announces semifinalists for Entrepreneur Of The Year in Pacific Northwest

Ernst & Young LLP just announced the 32 semifinalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Award in the Pacific Northwest. Ernst & Young‘s awards program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

This year’s semifinalists are:

  • Chris Ulum, Agilyx (Oregon)
  • Kamyar Moinzadeh, Airbiquity (Washington)
  • Sunny Gupta, Apptio (Washington)
  • Brandon Dawson, Audigy Group, LLC (Washington)
  • Amy Tykeson, BendBroadband (Oregon)
  • Craig Bramscher, Brammo, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Donald Howard, MD, PhD, CellNetix Pathology PLLC (Washington)
  • Jacob Engelstein, Classic Accessories, Inc. (Washington)
  • Geoff Gilmore, Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Jay Haladay, Coaxis, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Marc Barros, Contour, Inc. (Washington)
  • Dave Shaffer, DePaul Industries (Oregon)
  • Greg Enell, Double Down Interactive (Washington)
  • Christina Lethlean, Gesa Credit Union (Washington)
  • Ocean Yuan, Grape Solar, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Josh Neblett, GreenCupboards (Washington)
  • Jeremy Ames and David Nilssen, Guidant Financial (Washington)
  • William Colleran, Impinj, Inc. (Washington)
  • Naveen Jain, Intelius (Washington)
  • Greg Pierson, iovation, Inc. (Oregon)
  • Sandra Green, n-Link Corporation (Oregon)
  • Glen Bertini, Novinium, Inc. (Washington)
  • Robert Harris, Jr., Pacific Market International, LLC (Washington)
  • Clay Siegall, PhD, Seattle Genetics (Washington)
  • Rand Fishkin, SEOmoz, (Washington)
  • Diana Friedman, Sesame Communications (Washington)
  • Stephen Marsh, Smarsh (Oregon)
  • Paul Fichter, Taphandles, LLC (Washington)
  • Darryl Rawlings, Trupanion (Washington)
  • David Madore, US Digital (Washington)
  • Vikram Chalana, Winshuttle, LLC (Washington)

These business leaders were selected from more than 60 nominations by a panel of independent judges and winners will be announced at a special gala at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. Now in its 26th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries throughout the world.

State of Oregon First to Adopt National Certification for Medical Interpreters

By Louis Provenzano
Language Line Services
As posted on The Huffington Post

The National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters announced today that the State of Oregon has become the first state in the nation to officially adopt and endorse the Certification for Medical Interpreters (CMI) through the National Board.

Patients in the United States with limited English proficiency (LEP) continue to face language barriers that threaten their health and undermine their well-being. This first of its kind national interpreting standard provides professional interpreters working in the medical field with the opportunity to be tested and credentialed as certified interpreters.

The Oregon Office of Multicultural Health & Services also has awarded a grant to the National Board for the development of oral certification exams in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian. CMI launched the first national certification exam for Spanish in October 2009.

“By embracing the National Board’s standards and supporting its expansion for five additional languages, Oregon is saving considerable time and resources to achieve our goal of ensuring the safety of LEP patients,” said David Cardona, MD, MPH, Healthcare Interpreter Program Coordinator for the Oregon Office of Multicultural Health & Services. “Oregon is ready to bring the benefits of medical interpreter certification to our state, where the LEP population has nearly tripled since 1990.”

Hopefully, this will be the first of many states to make this monumental change that recognizes and solidifies the vision and work of many individuals, organizations and supporters.

This accomplishment could never have been achieved without the vision, passion and support of the International Medical Interpreter Association (IMIA) who have worked tirelessly in support of the National Board to achieve this major milestone and historical first. Language Line Services is proud to be not just a part of this industry-evolving-event, but a catalyst and change-agent throughout this entire process.

Louis Provenzano is President and Chief Operating Officer of Language Line Services, the world’s leading provider of language-based services.

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