“Simplifying health information for the nation’s 50.5 million Latino health consumers just got easier,” stated Aracely Rosales, HLI’s chief content and multi-lingual director, who said the timing of the Spanish HLA is ideal.
Bethesda, Md (PRWEB) September 15, 2011
Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creator of the Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), the nation’s only interactive health literacy software tool, today launched the Spanish HLA--Asesor de Comunicación en Salud.™
Like its English counterpart, the Spanish HLA streamlines the health literacy review process. It scans, reviews, assesses, and helps to fix documents, giving creators of Spanish health information new efficiencies.
“Simplifying health information for the nation’s 50.5 million Latino health consumers just got easier,” stated Aracely Rosales, HLI’s chief content and multi-lingual director, who said the timing of the Spanish HLA is ideal. “With HHS’ National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, the national reform bill and its call for health literacy, the Plain Language Act of 2010, state and employer requests, and the new Joint Commission standards, which ask for a 5th grade reading level, there is significant pressure on health care providers to comply with health literacy standards. The Spanish HLA helps health providers take care of all these industry mandates simply, efficiently, and cost-effectively,” stated Rosales.
The Spanish Health Literacy Advisor includes the following electronic readability indices:
- Fry-Based (Gilliam-Peña-Mountain Formula)
- Läsbarhetsindex (LIX)
- Rate Index (RIX)
- Crawford Grade Level Formula
- Flesch Reading Ease Score (Huerta-Fernandez)
- SOL Index (Spanish SMOG)
Unlike other readability programs that allege to review for health literacy, HLA works directly in Microsoft Word and cleans documents removing URLs, bullets, phone numbers, and names of cities and states before measuring for readability. With no need to cut and paste text into boxes, the HLA offers remarkable efficiency and reliability in the health literacy review. Additional features, such as “search and replace” eliminate the need for Internet searches or reliance on paper-based glossaries.
In celebration, and in support of National Hispanic Heritage month, September 15th to October 15th, HLI announced significant price drops for its English and Spanish Health Literacy Advisors.
About Health Literacy Innovations
Knowing that “literacy” is the single most important indicator of a health outcome, Health Literacy Innovations (HLI) creates tools to help eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy. HLI's flagship products, the Health Literacy Advisor (HLA), the nation's first interactive health literacy software tool, and the Spanish HLA--Asesor de Comunicación en SaludTM are revolutionizing the health literacy review process. By replacing inefficiency with technology and knowledge, the HLAs apply well-known readability indices and an interactive search-and-replace function that offers plain language replacement for tough words and medical jargon. The combination of these functions, a document “grade” with a readability score/grade level, and the “ReadsEasy”TM stamp (a reward for good work) sets the HLAs apart from readability indices alone. For more information, please visit http://www.HealthLiteracyInnovations.com or call 301-230-4966.