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NEWS December 18, 2018

Care to Translate launches medical interpretation app to break language barriers globally

Care to Translate co-founders (from left): Martin Schalling, Annie Backman and Linus Kullänger

Care to Translate co-founders (from left): Martin Schalling, Annie Backman and Linus Kullänger

Care to Translate was launched one year ago and is already one of the most used translation tools in Swedish healthcare. The company has grown organically, and the app has over 22,000 users. Care to Translate is now launching its service to the European market. The goal is to help healthcare personnel and patients communicate across language barriers.

Care to Translate was founded in 2018 by a team of physicians and medical students who left the clinic to wholeheartedly devote their time and efforts to solve problems caused by the lack of interpreters in healthcare.

“The problem with language barriers in healthcare is serious and overlooked. Inability to communicate leads to additional costs for healthcare providers and a significant reduction in quality of care and patient safety. Additionally, insufficient translation makes patients feel insecure. These issues are what we seek to change,” says Linus Kullänger, CEO and co-founder.

Compared to other translation tools, such as Google Translate, Care to Translate delivers medically correct translations, providing secure communications between healthcare personnel and patients.

“In Sweden the need and demand for correct translations is huge. The fact that our service, in such a short period, has attracted so many users only through word of mouth is a clear sign that Care to Translate meets an important need. The need is in fact global. Therefore, it is a natural step to expand outside Sweden,” says Annie Backman, COO and co-founder. The first focus in Europe is the German and English speaking markets.

The new release of Care to Translate was improved via user feedback. It now has an increased capacity and can translate 500 medical phrases in over 20 languages. The interface has been developed with field specific categories and a search function, making it a lot more useful.

“We will be able to help many different healthcare professionals, including personnel in ambulances, emergency rooms, delivery and general wards to communicate. Soon, clinics will be able to distribute the service amongst all of their employees,” says Linus Kullänger.

“Today, a large group is exposed to poor care due to language barriers. It is common that children and other family members have to act as translators. Our goal is to make healthcare more equal and safe, both in Sweden and globally,” Linus Kullänger further states.

Linus Kullänger, co-founder and CEO,, +46 73-322 55 45

Care to Translate, is a company driven by medical students and physicians. Their app translates 500 different healthcare phrases in 20 different languages. The company’s vision is for healthcare personnel and patients to be able to communicate with each other regardless of language. It was founded by Linus Kullänger, CEO, and Professor Martin Schalling from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital with co-founder Annie Backman, MD and COO. The new service launched in December 2018 in EU. The plan is to launch in 10 additional language markets next year.

NEWS November 30, 2016

Event matches 30 investors with digital health companies


STING Night – Digital Health was held yesterday, an event for more than 30 exclusively invited investors in the digital health space, who met with 12 startup companies with health solutions with e.g. cancer diagnosis, eldercare and “best practices” in surgery. Participated in the program did also Henrik Torstensson, founder of Lifesum, and Dr. Vishal Gulati of venture capital firm Draper Esprit, and one of Europe’s leading investors in digital health.

In the summer of 2016, several major capital rounds were carried out in digital health companies in Sweden, suggesting investors’ growing interest in the field. In many cases, there were new investors who had not previously invested in the health sector, and many are now seeing signs that healthcare is ready to take on the revolutionary new digital technology that enhances and streamlines care.

– It is important that we quickly latches on to the trend and now use the opportunity to showcase many of the digital health companies that we have in our network that now seek capital to accelerate their expansions, says Olof Berglund, coach at STING in Health.

STING Night – Digital Healthcare, held at H2 Health Hub, offered investors an opportunity to individually meet digital health companies that are in a phase to bring in seed financing or A rounds. The participating companies were Aifloo, Belly Balance, CareLigo, Coala Life, Competencer, Egetto, Encare, Gnosco, Gynius, Medicare Checks Optolexia and VisueCare.

The entrepreneurs began by introducing themselves and their companies in 60-second pitches. Afterward, the investors meet them in short, individual and very energetic 15-minute meetings, so called speed meetings. Here it was important for the entrepreneurs to quickly convince investors why they should invest in their company in particular.

Later in the afternoon, founder of health app Lifesum, Henrik Torstensson, presented exciting statistics on the world population’s food and health habits and pointed out how new technology and a growing interest in healthy living drive change in the healthcare, fitness and food.

– To see changed results, we need to focus on creating a change in people’s behavior. We must get better at health while we are healthy, that is, before we get sick, said Henrik Torstensson.

Afterward, Torstensson was joined on stage by Dr. Vishal Gulati, Venture Partner at venture capital firm Draper Esprit and one of the leading investors in digital health. In a conversation with moderator Johanna Wollert Melin, co-founder of Trice Imaging Inc., they discussed among other things, what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur. Dr. Gulati gave the two following pieces of advice:

– You must solve a big enough problem that has a strong human dimension that concerns many. You also have to be the best in the world at what you do and each day strive to be better, don’t be happy with the way things are, said Dr. Vishal Gulati.

> Read more about the participating companies and investors here.