TAMPA, FL, Aug 27, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The corporation that revolutionized interpretative services for the deaf is now doing the same in hospitals with new On-Demand Interpreting by Stratus Video ( www.stratusvideo.com ).
"It's the first interpreter available literally any time for hospital doctors and staff," says CEO Sean Belanger. "We provide interpreters in 30 seconds or less."
The service, which launched in mid-summer, is in use at a number of hospitals, including Stanford Medical Center in California; Health First in Florida; and Iowa Health System in Iowa. It provides Spanish and American Sign Language interpreters, and will offer up to 10 languages by the end of the year, Belanger says.
Innovation has been the hallmark of Stratus Video's parent company, CSDVRS, since 2007, when Belanger took the helm and moved it to Clearwater. It created ZVRS, the nation's first 24/7 on-demand video interpretation service for the deaf, providing live American Sign Language interpretation on mobile phones and other devices.
ZVRS is now used in government agencies and businesses across the country, including the Social Security Administration, Boeing Corp. and Wal-Mart.
"We went from 15 employees in 2007 to more than 500 today, and $15 million in revenue to a projected $50 million this year," Belanger says. "Sixty-five percent of employees are deaf or hard of hearing."