Mobile Health at the 2012 Summer Olympics

The 2012 London Olympic Games is bringing together more than eight million residents, three million visitors and 14,000 athletes from more than 200 countries. That’s over 11 million people from different parts of the world expected in London. With all the excitement surrounding this 17-day event, people may forget about the health implications of mass gatherings like these. Ensuring that health risks are monitored, outbreaks are contained and people stay healthy will be no small feat. How can mobile health (mHealth) play a role?

With millions of foreigners circulating in and out of London over the next two weeks, this presents both an environment of increased health risks as well as an ideal setting for the use of mHealth tools, easily downloadable on any smartphone, to protect oneself. The arsenal of mHealth apps available on various App Stores can help treat and protect travellers against many health risks that can be more prevalent during mass gatherings.

Studies of mass gatherings have shown that top health risks include traveler’s diarrhea, foodborne and waterborne illness, and airborne disease. Public health officials have done a lot to prepare, with technology being at the core of their strategies. Enhanced surveillance systems have been deployed for the Games that will provide the first indication of emerging infections in the communities and in hospitals, according to Brian McCloskey, the London director of the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Bio.Diaspora, a powerful surveillance tool also being implemented by organizers, tracks infectious diseases from the sale of airline tickets by using anonymous traveller information, such as point of departure and destination from airports around the world, to predict when and where outbreaks may occur. The United States Olympic Committee will be using electronic medical records rather than paper charts to manage care for more than 700 athletes at the summer games. And hospitals have implemented telemedicine programs ahead of the Olympics, including Queen Victoria Hospital. Combining mHealth with these public health efforts could help protect the health of both spectators and athletes.

So which mHealth apps should you download? Here are 3 robust apps that are ideal for the Olympics that can help treat and protect you from falling sick while you travel.

1. UniversalDoctor Speaker (iOS – iPhone/iPad, Web App)

UniversalDoctor Speaker is a multi-language iPhone/iPad app developed by doctors with hundreds of medical questions & explanations in several languages, in both text and audio format, to ease communication between patients and healthcare professionals. Currently supports 12 languages, with Russian and Romanian available since monday, and now free for a limited time. You can try the Web App with thousands of questions in UniversalDoctor Project.

2. DestinationDoc (iOS – iPhone)

Destination Doc provides international travellers with a trusted curated list of doctors, hospitals and pharmacies based on the proprietary algorithm developed by an internal team of physicians. Developed for the London Olympics with the aim of expanding to 20 top destination cities in 6-9 months.

3. iTriage (iOS – iPhone/iPad, Android, Web App)

Created by 2 ER doctors, iTriage is a trusted healthcare resource that allows individuals to conveniently access healthcare information to learn about the cause of their symptoms and conditions, and quickly find the closest medical care.

For more information on staying healthy at the Olympics, visit:

NHS Choices – Have a safe and healthy 2012 Games
NHS Choices – Accessing health services while in England | Information for overseas visitors to the UK
Health Protection Agency

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Heading to the Olympics!

The Olympics are finally here… Are you ready? We are! Universal Doctor Speaker for iPhone and iPad will be Free for a limited time to accompany you to the Olympics. To celebrate this spectacular event, we’re excited to add two new languages to the app next week!

The 2012 London Olympic Games will bring together more than eight million residents, three million visitors and 14,000 athletes from more than 200 countries. That’s over 11 million people from different parts of the world expected in London! With all the excitement surrounding this 17-day event, people may forget about the health implications of mass gatherings like these. Ensuring that health risks are monitored, outbreaks are contained and people stay healthy will be no small feat.

Mass gatherings can be conducive to the introduction or spread of disease. Studies of mass gatherings have shown that top health risks include traveler’s diarrhea, foodborne and waterborne illness, and airborne disease. But it’s not just spectators that have to be prepared. Did you know that two members of Canada’s Olympic women’s badminton team have fallen ill due to a stomach virus? Or that a recent heatwave in London has produced the highest pollution levels the city has seen in six years? This could adversely affect athletes’ breathing, especially those already with conditions like asthma. But the City of London and public health officials have done a lot to prepare. Enhanced surveillance systems have been deployed for the Games that “will provide the first indication of emerging infections in the communities and in hospitals,” said Brian McCloskey, the London director of the Health Protection Agency (HPA), which works to protect the public from health threats. The HPA is collaborating with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)to ensure the health of spectators and athletes is protected.

So are you prepared for the Olympics? As a tourist or a doctor in London, you might find yourself in a situation where medical help is needed but language is an obstacle. With Universal Doctor Speaker on your iPhone or iPad, we can help avoid language being a barrier in any medical situation. Download UniversalDoctor Speaker today to help you communicate and understand medical information accurately and quickly. Soon we will have over 10 languages, with Russian and Romanian being added next week!

Universal Doctor Speaker can give you peace of mind to enjoy the 2012 Summer Olympics to the fullest.

Check out our app, now free for a limited time, in the App Store today!

Joining you in the Olympic Spirit, The Team at UniversalDoctor Project

For more info on staying healthy at the Olympics, visit:

NHS Choices – Have a safe and healthy 2012 Games

NHS Choices – Accessing health services while in England | Information for overseas visitors to the UK

Health Protection Agency

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