New Language Added to UniversalDoctor Mobile App – Now with 13 Languages

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It’s not hard to understand why the new language in our app has been in such high demand. This new language is spoken natively in one of the most popular tourist destinations in both summer and winter seasons. This country is known for its breathtaking landscapes, ancient history, delicious food, plenty of great wine and romance at every turn. Haven’t guessed it yet?

 …. We’re talking about ITALY !

We’re excited to announce that we have added ITALIAN to our UniversalDoctor Speaker mobile application. Watch our video below to see how you can use UniversalDoctor Speaker to help you when you travel.

Now with 13 languages, bring our app wherever you travel and we can help you communicate with a doctor in over 120 countries around the world. Never worry about having a data connection as all the content in UniversalDoctor Speaker is 100% offline. Our app comes with over 6,000 phrases with audios by native speakers to translate your medical visits. Just choose your language from the Patient menu and the  language of the Doctor from the 13 languages available, and you’re all set. Use the search function to find the phrase you need immediately, or use our organized system of translations designed to facilitate the translation of your medical visit. Explain your symptoms accurately and with ease, and understand your diagnosis and treatment in your own language. You can also use the app to translate your medical conditions, allergies and prescriptions. All our translations and audios are made by native speakers, while the phrases themselves have been reviewed by medical professionals.

So go explore the ancient streets of Rome, or the vineyards of Florence and the romantic canals of Venice… and know that you have a handy medical translator right on your phone – ready to make communication easier when you need it most!

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Italy Travel Guides

If you’re looking for some travel guides to plan a great trip to Italy, have a look at the following links for great tips and suggestions from our favorite travel writers.

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UniversalDoctor aggiunge una nuova lingua – italiano!

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Siamo lieti di annunciare che abbiamo aggiunto la lingua ITALIANA alla nostra applicazione UniversalDoctor Speaker per smartphone e tablet.

Abbiamo sempre riscontrato una forte domanda da parte dei nostri utenti per la lingua italiana. Difatti l’Italia è una delle destinazioni turistiche più popolari sia in estate che durante l’inverno, nota per i suoi paesaggi mozzafiato, la storia antica, il cibo delizioso, la grande varietà di vini e un’atmosfera di cortesia e romanticismo unica al modo.

Oggi con 13 lingue, potete portare UniversalDoctor Speaker ovunque andrete e sarete in grado di comunicare con un medico in più di 120 paesi in tutto il mondo. E il bello è che non dovrete mai preoccuparti di avere una connessione dati, poiché UniversalDoctor Speaker è 100% offline. L’applicazione include oltre 6.000 frasi con traduzione audio madrelingua per poter comunicare perfettamente con un medico. Usarla è facilissimo; basta scegliere italiano sul menu Paziente e la lingua del medico dalle 13 lingue disponibili, e si è pronti per iniziare. Potete poi utilizzare la funzione di ricerca veloce per trovare la frase di cui avete bisogno immediatamente, oppure servirsi del sistema organizzato di traduzioni progettato per facilitare la traduzione di ogni visita medica.

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UniversalDoctor Speaker spiega i sintomi in modo accurato e con facilità e vi permette di capire la diagnosi e il trattamento nella vostra lingua! E con la funzione “traduzione cartella clinica” potete registrare le vostre condizioni mediche pregresse, le allergie, i farmaci, etc.; tradurle in tutte le lingue ed averle sempre a vostra disposizione!

Siamo quindi orgogliosi di portare finalmente la nostra applicazione anche in Italia ed a tutti italiani ovunque nel mondo.

Buon viaggio, con Universal Doctor Speaker!

Essential Travel Health Apps – Keeping You Safe and Healthy While You Travel

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Whether you are planning to go to the Caribbean for some tropical sun or to the Swiss Alps to escape the heat and enjoying some skiing, traveling is one of the best things to do during the vacation period. What is the one thing we never travel without these days? You guessed it, our mobile phones. So why not download some apps that will help you stay safe and healthy while you’re away from home…

We’ve done some investigation and identified our top 5 travel health apps that can really make a difference in keeping you safe when you travel. The important details for each app are listed below to help you decide.

(We’ve also included links to honest and useful physician reviews from the site iMedicalApps.com. We highly suggest you check them out – excellent resource for physician reviews on medical and healthcare apps!)

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iTriage

Do you have symptom questions? Search for health answers with iTriage Health, Doctor, Symptom & Healthcare Search app. Find medications, diseases, and medical locations and instantly get answers to your questions on your iOS device. Created by two ER medical doctors, iTriage gives you quick access to a huge healthcare & medical database in your pocket.

iTriage has millions of users in over 80 countries around the world.

Platforms: iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, Web App

Price: Free

User Reviews: 4.5 stars (25,448 reviews)

iMedicalApps Reviews:

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Doctoralia

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Doctoralia enables you to locate health professionals and centers near you, or search for them by name, speciality, city and zip – all from your mobile phone. Find and contact providers easily and access reviews by patients like you. You can also keep a list of your favorite professionals for easy access to their contact info.

Currently you can use Doctoralia on your mobile phone in 16 countries: US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Russia, Brasil, Mexico.
 Great for finding the right care when you need it most.

Platforms: iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, Web App

Price: Free

User Reviews: 4.5 stars (9 ratings)

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Travel Health

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Travel Health is a great First Aid resource for all travelers – especially for those times when you can’t access your local physician. It’s essentially a first aid handbook on your mobile phone. Travel health features a symptom searcher, information on common traveler’s illnesses, and practical tips on staying health while you travel. Easy to follow travel health advice at your fingertips.

Platforms: iOS (iPhone/iPad)

Price: $2.99

User Reviews: 4.5 stars (55 ratings)

Video Review:

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ICE Standard – The Emergency Standard Card App for iPhone

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ICE Standard helps first time responders and emergency room personnel locate a person’s updated medical information, emergency / medical contacts, medical insurance information, blood type, name, address and a photo verification of the individual.

Color coding of your medical information helps first responders quickly determine the severity of potential issues with the patient, based on their medical history. Red indicates the individual has severe allergies, medical devices, health conditions, or is on medications. Yellow indicates the individual is taking medications.

Platforms: iOS (iPhone)

Price: Free.

User Reviews: 5 stars (896 ratings)

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Allergy Food Translator

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Avoid allergic reactions to food when you travel! Use this app to create individual profiles for your entire family, each with a different list of food allergies. Then translate those, with a warning message, into a local language. Show your phone to waiters or people serving you food and they’ll know which foods you need to stay away from.

The app currently has 62 different food allergies in the following categories. Egg Allergies, Fish Allergies, Milk Allergies, Peanut Allergies, Shellfish Allergies, Soy Allergies, Tree Nut Allergies, Wheat Allergies and more.

Current languages: French, German, Spanish. All translations are done by native language speakers.

Platforms: iOS (iPhone)

Price: $2.99.

User Reviews: 5 stars (1 rating)

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We would be remiss if we didn’t add UniversalDoctor Speaker here as well!

UniversalDoctor Speaker: Medical Translator with Audio

The most comprehensive mobile medical translator app – with thousands of sentences and native audios in 13 languages to translate and facilitate your medical visits in over 120 countries. It covers every step of a medical visit, whether you’re at a hospital or a 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 physician.

That’s not all – the app also has:

  • a search function to help you find the phrase you need in an emergency
  • the capacity to translate your medical conditions, allergies and prescriptions
  • all of the content is 100% offline so you never have to worry about having a data connection to use the app.

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

Platforms: iOS (iPhone/iPad), Web App

Price: $6.99

User Reviews: 4 stars (15 ratings)

So in addition to our top 5 travel health apps, make sure you take UniversalDoctor Speaker with you too.

Wishing you happy, safe and healthy travels from the team at UniversalDoctor!

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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UniversalDoctor Speaker (iPhone/iPad) Free for a Short Time Thanks to Hospital Clinic of Barcelona

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The Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, a teaching hospital founded in 1906 that belongs to the Catalan Public Hospital Network (XHUP), is implementing UniversalDoctor Speaker for Hospitals (web version) in their hospital.

We are happy to be offering the staff of their hospital the mobile version of UniversalDoctor Speaker (iPhone and iPad) for free for a short a time. The mobile app can be downloaded by anyone from the link below, so be sure you get it soon!

UniversalDoctor Speaker for iPhone and iPad – Free

Hospital Clinic serves a population of 540,000 inhabitants.

Immigrant and Migrant Health: Growing Need for Medical Interpreters

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What if you were in a country where you didn’t speak the local language? Imagine getting sick, going to the doctor and not being able to describe your symptoms properly, or worse, misunderstanding your diagnosis or the treatment options available to you.

As immigrant populations grow, so does the need for interpreting healthcare and medical services in hospitals and clinics. Language and cultural barriers can be big obstacles for understanding a patient’s needs, communicating medical issues and delivering good health care. In the worst case scenario, these barriers can lead to errors in treatment and care. Medical interpreters play an important role in ensuring accurate health care communication between patients and health care professionals.

This is why we’d like to highlight the work of the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) and their recent IMIA Conference 2013, which is the largest conference on medical interpreting, held on January 18-20, 2013.

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The International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) is an international organization with over 2,000 members providing interpreting services in over 70 languages. They are committed to the advancement of professional medical interpreters as the best practice to equitable language access to health care for linguistically diverse patients. Members of IMIA are added to their searchable international registry of medical interpreters, connecting interpreters to where they are needed. IMIA is now rolling out oral certification exams in Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Korean, and offering free membership for minority language interpreters. To learn more, see the announcement here.

The 2013 IMIA Conference was kicked off with a Medical Terminology Boot Camp, followed by 2 days of sessions. The keynote was given by Guadalupe Pacheco, Senior Health Adviser to the Minority Office of Health, US Department of Health. Sessions touched on certification, implications of social media and apps as tools in the Interpreter profession, a National Coalition of Interpreter Associations, and more. (To learn more about the Conference, download their brochure & visit their website.)

How can UniversalDoctor play a role in supporting medical interpretation to enable good communication and delivery of health care to linguistically diverse patients? Though the main aim of our medical translator mobile app – UniversalDoctor Speaker – is a travel health tool, it can also serve as an educational tool for interpreters looking to gain medical certification and practice their abilities. Let us know what you think of our app in the comments! How could we improve it as an educational tool for interpreters to support their work?

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For more info on how medical interpreters support healthcare for all, view the articles below:

Growing immigrant population spurs demand for medical interpreters [Kaiser Health News]

Medical interpreters help patients, doctors communicate [USA Today]

Language services are an essential health benefit, too [Mercury News]

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