Summer Travels: Seeking Medical Care in Foreign Countries


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Summertime is here (along with the heat wave!) and that means vacations are starting for many. This also means it’s peak tourist season as many of us will be traveling to different places around the globe, hoping to find that particularly special escape from our daily lives. So what will it be this year – are you off to a hot or cold destination?

No matter the destination (or the weather), there is one thing every traveller thinks about, especially if they’re traveling with their family to foreign destinations – safety. Do you have the tools and information you need to travel safely and securely? One important aspect of safety is our health. Research has shown that roughly half of overseas travelers develop medical problems during their journey. What would happen if you or a loved one got sick? What if you had to seek medical care in a foreign country?

A multilingual healthcare communication solution in your pocket

Our team here at UniversalDoctor thinks about this constantly, always looking at how we can use our core strengths to help you stay in good health, even abroad. That’s why we developed a mobile application that uses the technology of our multilingual software system for Hospitals.

It’s called:  UniversalDoctor Speaker: Medical Translator with Audio

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What does it do?

Well, it’s the most comprehensive mobile medical translator app –  with thousands of sentences and native audios in 13 languages to facilitate medical visits in over 120 countries. That’s over 60% of the world’s countries! It covers every step of medical visits, whether you’re in a hospital or primary care clinic, starting from accurately explaining your symptoms to understanding your diagnosis and treatment. How do we do this? By providing translations from both the patient side and the doctor side that are organized in a way to facilitate multilingual communication between you and a doctor.

That’s not all, the app also features:

  • SEARCH – a search function helping you find the phrase you need in an emergency,
  • TRANSLATE YOUR HEALTH – the capacity to translate your medical conditions, allergies and prescriptions,
  • OFFLINE MODE – the app works entirely offline so you don’t need any connection or data plan to use the app.

And best of all, it doesn’t add any weight to your suitcase as it operates directly from your mobile device (iPhone or iPad… Android version coming soon!).

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Now you may have noticed that we said 13 languages earlier, but there are 12 currently in the app… that’s because we’re just about to launch a NEW language that has been in very high demand by our users and will come in very handy during the upcoming vacation season!

Keep your eye on this blog to find out which new language we’re adding very soon…

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Bring your Traveling Medical Record with you

Bring your Traveling Medical Record with you

We are travelling more and more all the time. Increasingly more people travel for business reasons, tourism, a short break, or a year’s sabbatical….and on all these trips there is one thing they never leave behind: their mobile phone.

Today our cell phone is our communication centre, our camera, our music equipment, our video camera. Now it can also be our particular medical assistant, our interpreter for health matters – even our medical records.

In a place that features a language you cannot speak, or in a country where your language is not known or hardly used, a health problem, the need to visit a doctor, or, in the worse case, a hospital admission, can be a serious, even critical, situation.

The language barrier can be a very important drawback in such a scenario.

That is why at UniversalDoctor we are continually improving our mobile applications. The UniversalDoctor Speaker for iPhone app is already proving highly useful to thousands and thousands of travelers and physicians around the world.

With UniversalDoctor on your iPhone you can explain many medical aspects in multiple languages. Wherever you go, if you require medical assistance or have to communicate with doctors, our application will help you take the first steps in a new health system.

You can also carry your medical records and treatment (prescriptions, etc.) with you in all the languages available on the application.

Choose the patient language and the health personnel language for problem-free communication. From now on you can travel with greater peace of mind.

Bring your Traveling Medical Record with you

Bring your Traveling Medical Record with you

We are travelling more and more all the time. Increasingly more people travel for business reasons, tourism, a short break, or a year’s sabbatical….and on all these trips there is one thing they never leave behind: their mobile phone.

Today our cell phone is our communication centre, our camera, our music equipment, our video camera. Now it can also be our particular medical assistant, our interpreter for health matters – even our medical records.

In a place that features a language you cannot speak, or in a country where your language is not known or hardly used, a health problem, the need to visit a doctor, or, in the worse case, a hospital admission, can be a serious, even critical, situation.

The language barrier can be a very important drawback in such a scenario.

That is why at UniversalDoctor we are continually improving our mobile applications. The UniversalDoctor Speaker for iPhone app is already proving highly useful to thousands and thousands of travelers and physicians around the world.

With UniversalDoctor on your iPhone you can explain many medical aspects in multiple languages. Wherever you go, if you require medical assistance or have to communicate with doctors, our application will help you take the first steps in a new health system.

You can also carry your medical records and treatment (prescriptions, etc.) with you in all the languages available on the application.

Choose the patient language and the health personnel language for problem-free communication. From now on you can travel with greater peace of mind.

No dejemos de bailar

No dejemos de bailar

Si uno pasea por muchas ciudades del mundo puede encontrarse diferentes grupos de personas que comparten su origen común celebrando alguna tradición de su lugar de procedencia. En algunas ocasiones las celebraciones pueden implicar danzas tradicionales que pueden llegar a ser espectaculares. Este es el caso de la Capoeira.

Paseando hace unos días por un parque pude contemplar como bailadores de esta danza enseñaban a bailar a gente autóctona.

El nacimiento de este baile tiene que ver con la llegada de los esclavos africanos a Brasil. Existen múltiples teorías sobre como acabó conformándose el baile, no se sabe a ciencia cierta si ya era originario de alguna etnia africana en concreto o acabó formándose exclusivamente en Brasil. En todo caso, sí que se podría afirmar que el baile acabó configurando una forma de resistencia donde los esclavos podían practicar sus bailes y a la vez practicar gestos de ataque y autodefensa.

Ahora los brasileiros han exportado esta danza tan espectacular y saludable desde muchos puntos de vista a múltiples rincones de todo el mundo.

Brasil se ha convertido en un país más que emergente, un país al que habrá que tener muy en cuenta, un país que concentra casi el 90 % de uno de los pulmones más importantes de la tierra y al que todos debemos ayudar para que nuestras inspiraciones y expiraciones no finalicen pronto. El Amazonas y la sonrisa brasileña deberían ser patrimonio de toda la humanidad y es de verdad muy inspirante que los brasileños que todavía deben emigrar por todos los rincones del planeta se reúnan y enseñen al resto de los ciudadanos una danza tan saludable desde el punto de vista cardiovascular.

Se trata en este sentido de una actividad de intercambio cultural y de medicina preventiva. Pocas cosas consiguen tanto con tan pocos medios. Muchas otras culturas o poblaciones de otros puntos del planeta bailan también diversos tipos de danzas y sería muy interesante que hubieran más intercambios de este tipo que permitieran a todo el mundo conocer las costumbres de los demás en un ambiente casi deportivo.

Otro país emergente como la India contribuye también con las bien conocidas danzas “boliwoodianas” tan de moda entre muchas personas que viven muy lejos del subcontinente indio. Así todo tipo de variantes como la danza bharatanatyam de técnica muy depurada como también la desenfrenada alegría del bhangra son asimiladas por personas jóvenes de todo el mundo.

Sea con los nuevos ciudadanos de todos los territorios o sea en los viajes de la gente alrededor del planeta, no dejemos de bailar.

No dejemos nunca de bailar.

UniversalDoctor Speaker para 3000 Médicos de familia de todo el mundo

UniversalDoctor Speaker para 3000 Médicos de familia de todo el mundo

Estos días se esta celebrando en Málaga  , el congreso de la WONCA Europa 2010. Tres mil Médicos de Familia ,principalmente de toda Europa,  se reúnen para exponer y discutir los avances  en los que estos profesionales,  tan importante para la cohesión de la sociedad, están implicados.

En esta ocasión también se han reunido médicos de familia de otros continentes y se han visto por el congreso médicos del resto de continentes ( desde médicos brasileños  hasta médicos coreanos)

Es un placer para nosotros comunicar que durante la entrega de los materiales del congreso cada Médico de Familia ,tras el acuerdo con la semFYC y el comité organizador de la WONCA,  recibirá un CD Demo de UniversalDoctor Speaker y la posibilidad de que su centro de salud de cualquier lugar del planeta pueda implementar  la aplicación más completa durante un periodo piloto.

Con esta gran difusión , UniversalDoctor da un paso más en la difusión de sus herramientas con el objetivo de complementar el trabajo fundamental de los intérpretes.

3000 Médicos de todo el mundo se llevarán a sus casas  y a sus centros de trabajo UniversalDoctor Speaker.

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Now travel safer with UniversalDoctor Speaker

Now travel safer with UniversalDoctor Speaker

We are travelling more and more. In many countries we can get by speaking in English, Spanish or French, but in others it is nearly impossible – so taking UniversalDoctor Speaker on your telephone would be very useful in facilitating this work. You decide the language you want to communicate in.

You can also prepare your medical records before you travel. This could be fundamental in certain cases.

That is why we have developed a highly successful version for iPhone and iPad which topped health-related downloads in the US for a number of weeks.

More than 25,000 people around the world have already downloaded the UniversalDoctor Speaker app on their  iPhone/iPad.

The iPad application further enables increased two-way communication flow in hospitals, and diverse centers have begun to use it together with the regular application.

It will shortly be available on other mobile platforms, too.

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