viaLanguage Signs National Purchase Agreement with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

The leading provider of healthcare translations signed a national purchase agreement allowing The Blues direct access to high-quality, written translation and localization services

Portland, OR, February 06, 2012 --( viaLanguage, a leading provider of global healthcare translation and localization services, announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) that allows the Association’s 38 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield member companies to participate and purchase translation services directly from viaLanguage.

On behalf of the Blue Plans, BCBSA has selected viaLanguage, a nationally certified women-owned business, to be part of a national initiative to provide written translation services. “Today's healthcare organizations are faced with serving an increasingly multicultural client base and ensuring that all their multilingual communications are not only continually updated to reflect ongoing regulatory changes, but ensuring they are culturally sensitive and produced at the appropriate literacy level,” said Steve Vogeltanz, vice president of Healthcare for viaLanguage. “Major organizations like the BCBSA prefer to work with us due to our excellent track record in cutting edge technology, specialized expertise, affordable terms and our production of quality written translations.”

The 38 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies will have access to “early bird” and volume discounts as well as viaLanguage’s Online Language System (OLS) providing them with a centralized approach to managing their document translations. viaLanguage’s proven methodology for quality assurance and streamlined translation processes – 24/7 translation quoting, ordering, project workflow, revision management and budget to expenditure reporting – brings additional benefits. In addition to the written translation services, viaLanguage will provide Braille capabilities.

About viaLanguage
viaLanguage, a leading provider of global healthcare translation and localization services is committed to improving access to healthcare by removing language and cultural barriers that may prevent people from otherwise obtaining such care. Through the unique combination of its Online Language System (OLS), expert linguists and integration capabilities, viaLanguage offers healthcare organizations a comprehensive, affordable solution for meeting today’s increasing need for effective multilingual communications and regulatory requirements such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). viaLanguage’s services are designed to help clients quickly and easily develop the very best multilingual Web sites, marketing materials, vital documents, software applications and other culturally and linguistically correct communications. Headquarters are located at 700 SW Taylor Street, Suite 310 Portland, OR 97205-3016. For more information, visit or call us at 503-243-2007.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 38 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 99 million members – one-in-three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit

Leslie Iburg