With smartphones in our pocket, information about literally ANYTHING is just a few taps away. The problem is sorting through all that instant data to find the answers you’re looking for. And when it comes to medically related questions, certainty is a must, especially if you are in a foreign country and out of your element. There are a few apps out there that can get you accurate health information when you are on the go. Here are the best five apps of the moment to provide medical support, statistics, updates, and other pertinent information when you’re traveling around the world.
- MedInAction (free iOS app). If you are in Italy or Spain, MedInAction has you covered. With on-call doctors in Rome, Milan, and Florence as well as Seville, you can schedule a doctor house-call within minutes. The MedInAction app helps you geolocate your doctor when making an appointment. And no matter where you are, you can consult with MedInAction’s 24/7 on call medical professionals to get advice using the free MedInAction app. All online consultation is FREE. English, Italian, and Spanish language options available.
- TravelSmart (free iOS app & Andoid app). If you purchase Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance, this AGA app allows you to track your plan, check your flight status, locate pre-screened medical facilities, and contact the AGA assistance hotline. AGA has facilities in over 100 countries and provides geolocating to find the doctor nearest you. The TravelSmart app puts you in contact with local emergency medical support. Later you can manage all your insurance claims via that app. Even if you don’t use AGA insurance, the app’s handy “drug dictionary” translates the names of common medications and first-aid terms into a variety of languages.
- Find-ER by Air Ambulance Card (free iOS app). For American and Canadian residents, Air Ambulance card helps travelers who are sick abroad coordinate their return and transfer to a hospital back home in the U.S. or Canada. While abroad, the app’s geolocation feature can help you find the closest hospital and lets you easily store emergency contacts, doctor information, pharmacy names and phone numbers, and a list of your current medications.
- Travel Health Guide ($2.99 iOS app & Android app). This app, developed by Dr. Deborah Mills, helps travelers identify common travel ailments, like seasickness, heat exhaustion, and altitude sickness, and determine quick and easy remedies. Though not a replacement for an actual visit to the doctor, travelers can use this app to input their symptoms and diagnose minor to moderate health problems.
- iTriage (free iOS app & Android app). Travelers can use iTriage as a symptom checker, doctor finder, or medical dictionary tool. The app helps you look up average wait times in local emergency rooms, make appointments with local doctors, and securely saves your personal medical information and history on your phone. You can also use the app to call the emergency hotlines and speak with a doctor or nurse directly for medical advice.