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An iPhone App for Travel Health

Travel Health iPhone app

There is a new addition to iTunes' line-up of travel apps. The app, called Travel Health, is based on the book “Travelling Well” by Dr. Deborah Mills, a travel medicine specialist in Australia.

While the medical information in the app is accurate, easy to read, and understand, there is much room for improvement in three key areas.

1. Design

I would like to see the categories organized alphabetically or in a “head to toe” fashion. Searching to find the desired topic would be easier this way.

When some of the categories are opened, a pop-up STOP window opens and alerts the reader of potential emergencies. I found this to be irritating.

The information is important, but I'd rather see it highlighted at the beginning of the description. I also didn't care for the arrows to open/close the topics of the category.

2. Search function

This is lacking, and many symptoms cannot be found using search.

For instance, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) cannot be found in the search box, but it is listed under Collapse in the Emergencies category. Searching “yeast” will also not appear, but yeast infections are covered under the topic of “Thrush.”

Being an international application, I think it's important to include additional names for problems to find them using search. It would also be nice to be able to search for drugs using the search function.

3. Important missing symptoms

Under Chest Problems, there is no mention whatsoever of chest pain or heart palpitations, an important oversight.

Since 16.7 million people globally die of cardiac disease, it is vital to include its signs and symptoms.

What I Liked

The feature I really like is the drug reference table. Its design is easy to use, and it gives pertinent relevant information.

The layperson can easily look up a drug name and view other names for the drug, which is helpful for the international traveler.

The dosing information is convenient also. The information on Altitude Sickness is excellent, and I also like the bookmark function to save favorite topics.

As an emergency department registered nurse, I believe this app has a good start.

The developers need to work on the design issues a bit, especially the search function, and it is imperative to add cardiac symptoms to its Chest Problems category.

The app is currently on sale for $2.99 with a regular price of $7.99. I rated the app a 3 out of 5 stars.

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Prateek Panchal

Monday 25th of April 2011

In case of traveling the one thing we force on is health care and i think this will release that pressure.

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Wednesday 10th of November 2010

Wow that is a brilliant application to have. During travel we can not avoid to get sick especially so that we are exposed with heat dirt and everything when traveling and sometimes when we are too stressed we feel so many things. I like it so much I think it is an online prescription line where you can access anywhere.

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