COLUMBUS, OH—Interpreters and staff from Access 2 Interpreters attended a Continuing Education Seminar hosted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Thursday evening, August 24, 2017. Among the Access attendees were CEO Yana Schottenstein, COO Christopher Stein, and over 160 Access interpreters.
The topics of the seminar were HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and interpretation assignments at the NCH Center for Family Safety and Healing. The HIPAA segment focused on protecting Personal Health Information (PHI), maintaining HIPAA compliance, and preventing violations and breaches. The presenter, NCH’s Privacy Program Manager, also discussed technology and Social Media as they relate to HIPAA compliance.
The section dedicated to the Center for Family Safety and Healing provided interpreters and staff with valuable information regarding child abuse appointments. The speaker offered interpreters advice and guidance on how to handle the sensitive interpretation sessions at the center.
“I was excited and proud to see our large group come together as one team united by one goal: to learn more about laws and situations that govern our profession and improve as individuals and as a team,” remarked Schottenstein.
“I found the seminar very useful. It was important to have the information about assignments at the Center for Family Safety and Healing reinforced for our interpreters. It is vital information,” added Access interpreter and trainer, Dr. Ali Al Safi.
“Continuing education opportunities benefit our interpreters who then, in turn, can provide better services to our clients. The insightful material regarding HIPAA and child abuse cases presented during the seminar reinforced the extreme importance of confidentiality as an integral part of interpreters’ professional behavior,” added Schottenstein. “Watching our interpreters react to the information presented gave me confidence that our customers and their patients will continue to receive quality services and that all patient health information will remain confidential.”
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