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Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Dengue, Oh My! – New App Targets Travel Health

From Mayo Clinic “In The Loop” blog: Mayo employees seem to be constantly dreaming up new and innovative ways to help improve the health care landscape for our patients and, really, the world. Fortunately, Mayo has programs like Mayo Clinic Ventures and Mayo’s Employee Entrepreneurship Program to help make it all happen. Two recent beneficiaries of those services are Mayo’s Rizwan Sohail, M.D., and Rashid Fehmi, whose Mayo Clinic Ventures-supported start up company, Travel Health & Wellness, recently launched a mobile app to help international travelers stay safe and healthy.

Based on technologies licensed from Mayo Clinic, the My Travel Health app is billed as “the only app developed by experienced travel medicine consultants that focuses on your health during travel and provides practical tips for preventing and handling illnesses while traveling.” The app allows users to choose from more than 200 popular travel destinations and shows them, in real time, “customized recommendations” for any and all immunizations recommended or required for that part of the world.

“International travelers are frequently unaware or unprepared for common illnesses encountered during foreign travels, especially to developing countries,” Dr. Sohail says in a press release published on Yahoo! Finance. As a result, he says those travelers “often end up spending valuable business or vacation time in hotel rooms due to illness, are forced to seek medical help in foreign countries, or return home with serious illnesses such as measles, typhoid, malaria, dengue or tuberculosis.” To make sure that doesn’t happen, Dr. Sohail says, “My Travel Health provides specific and easy-to-follow recommendations to prevent or deal with travel-related illnesses.”

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Watch My Travel Health app in action

The app currently features lists of related health concerns for 200 international travel destinations. Simply browse your destination and press the “Add This to My Trips” button. Fill out a few facts about yourself and you can get health tips and recommendations. Valuable information will then appear after selecting the place where you will go.

Press Release: New Travel Health App “My Travel Health” Now Available on Apple App Store

ROCHESTER, Minn. Travel Health and Wellness LLC announced today a new iOS app, “My Travel Health,” on the Apple App Store. The app allows international travelers to learn about health alerts in their destinations, take precautions before departing and better address illnesses and medical conditions while traveling.

“International travelers are frequently unaware or unprepared for common illnesses encountered during foreign travels, especially to developing countries,” said Dr. Rizwan Sohail, a consultant in travel and tropical medicine at Mayo Clinic, and chief medical officer of Travel Health and Wellness. “Travelers often end up spending valuable business or vacation time in hotel rooms due to illness, are forced to seek medical help in foreign countries, or return home with serious illnesses such as measles, typhoid, malaria, dengue or tuberculosis. My Travel Health provides specific and easy-to-follow recommendations to prevent or deal with travel-related illnesses.”

My Travel Health details health concerns and alerts for 200 international travel destinations and recommended vaccines for each destination from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Links to each destination’s embassy, for local health information and assistance, are also provided. Once users save their destinations to the “My Trip” section of the app, it provides a pre-populated but modifiable packing and to-do list before travel. The app’s “Health” section provides travel health content licensed from the Mayo Clinic, including information and tips for common travel-related illnesses such as diarrhea, malaria, respiratory infections, blood clots, heat exhaustion, motion sickness and jet lag. The app’s “Fitness” section lists exercises that can be performed while traveling and recommendations on safe travel for pregnant women and those with serious medical illnesses.

Additionally, the “My Stuff” section of My Travel Health allows users to save pictures of their passport, visa, prescriptions, medications, immunization records, travel insurance and other vital documents. All information is stored solely on the traveler’s iPhone or iPad, making it available when needed and eliminating cloud-based document storage risks.

Read more at Yahoo Finance