In October 2010, SEGD proudly introduced a universal set of healthcare symbols, developed in collaboration with Hablamos Juntos (Spanish for “let’s talk together”). It is obvious that it was an enormously complex project and quite an achievement, for which we want to compliment all the many people involved. Also, it is obviously too late for us to “talk together,” about it, so let's review the results.
"We Speak Together"
A groundbreaking research effort produces universal symbols for health-care settings—and underscores the value of evidence-based design.
Patients, family members, and other visitors entering the doors of a hospital or other health-care facility face a daunting environment. Between them and their final destination, they will encounter a series of obstacles: multiple elevator banks, long and often identical-looking corridors, complex routes to distant departments or buildings, and often, ineffective wayfinding signage.
Universal Symbols in Health Care
A partnership between Hablamos Juntos and SEGD, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Today, one of the most important issues facing healthcare administrators in the United States is providing services to people with limited English proficiency (LEP) and limited reading proficiency. A critical aspect of serving LEP and limited-reading populations is making healthcare facilities more accessible and easy to navigate.