The app helps remove the language barrier between patients and healthcare professionals.
The need for medical attention can be accompanied by stress and worry, especially when one has to contend with a language barrier. The process can be a challenge for both the clinician and patient, with inaccuracies in understanding leading to a risk of incorrect diagnosis and various other issues.
Care To Translate was developed to help remove the communication barrier between patients and healthcare providers within the same country or for use when travelling. The app was originally founded by medical students in 2015. It’s an easy to use app that offers medical translations by native speakers in 25 different languages.
The user selects their language and is given a list of categories to pick from that is most relevant to their situation such as ‘Physical Examination’, ‘Eating and Drinking’, and ‘Symptoms’. Each category has multiple translated terms written in both languages, with recordings of the phrase that can be played to the patient. Some examples include “Do you feel out of breath?”, “Do you feel tired?”, and “Where?”.
In an emergency, it’s often not possible to get a translator quickly, so the app allows for medical care to start immediately. It is one of the most used solutions for translation in Sweden and boasts over 100k users.