Patient, the UK's leading independent health site, has implemented ReadSpeaker text to speech in an effort to make its online health information more accessible to its users.
Visitors to Patient now have the option to listen to the site's award-winning clinical health information pages. Accredited by The Information Standard (the Department of Health's quality mark), these 4000+ pages provide patients, health professionals and the general public with trusted medical information and support.
The technology, powered by ReadSpeaker, helps improve the user experience for people with visual impairments, reading difficulties, or learning disabilities as well as those whose native language is different from that of the website.
This new feature is immediately available to all users with no additional software to download or install. They simply click and listen to the content of their choice.
Ben Foster, Patient's Operations Director said: "We work hard to make the site accessible to a wide audience and for all users and technologies. Implementing the 'listen' function is an innovative way of extending the service, enabling users to have the page read aloud to them".
Joop Heijenrath, ReadSpeaker Co-founder and responsible for ReadSpeaker's business operations, said: "Increasing access to vital information is one of the reasons we strive to make our text-to-speech functionality such an affordable and user-friendly service. We are pleased to provide Patient's users with an easy way to listen to the site's quality health information."
Patient was recently listed as the 'Number 1 health website you can't live without' by The Times and also received a Highly Commended Award from the British Medical Association in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2012.