The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicted that the current Atlantic hurricane season that started June 1 might be above normal.
Recently, a major language services provider suffered a day-long outage as a result of a hurricane impacting critical (offshore) infrastructure. This provider did not seem to have built redundancy into its network.
In a healthcare setting, that kind of outage is dangerous - it leaves providers with no way to communicate with their limited-English proficient patients unless the provider happens to have their own interpreters (for the specific language in question) on-site. We've written before about the adverse impacts on patient safety and satisfaction that result when medical staff fail to use interpreters. When a language services provider drops the ball, those adverse impacts may be unavoidable.
Does your language service provider have the infrastructure to stay online during an emergency?
With several language service providers operating offshore contact centers, it's more important than ever to know if a company has a reliable source of interpreters and service connection. Does your provider consistently stay online, even when disaster strikes?