Must-Have Medical Apps

5 Must-Have Apps for Medical Situations While Traveling Abroad

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Whether you have been planning your trip for months or have decided to head out for a spontaneous excursion, there are chances that certain situations are left unaccounted for. You could be caught off-guard in an unpleasant situation, such as loss of passport, shady accommodation…or worse, a medical emergency!

Check out the following health-oriented apps that have been created with an aim of helping smart travelers who want to be prepared for all circumstances, especially in a foreign country. These apps will serve as a precautionary tool and are likely to come in handy if you ever find yourself in an unfavorable medical situation.


  1. Find a Pharmacy

Need to nurse that migraine but don’t know where to buy the right pill? Download Find a Pharmacy. This useful app consists of a map engine that helps you find the pharmacies nearest to you, based on your current location. It even tells you the exact distance to these pharmacies and gives detailed directions. Since the app’s database includes all contact details, you can conveniently call, mail or SMS the pharmacies by simply tapping your finger.

Available for: $4.99 on iOS devices

Find a Pharmacy


  1. ICE: In Case of Emergency

ICE allows you to display vital information on your phone’s screen, even when it is locked. This information includes emergency contact numbers for one-touch dial along with emergency health information on the screen of your smartphone so that in case of an emergency involving you, hospital staff or first responders can automatically receive your medical information. This includes info on your allergies, immunizations, blood type, medical conditions and medicines you take. You simply need to add the ICE widget on to the lock screen system.

For the regular travelers, the developers also provide an option of switching languages (choose from English, Dutch, French, Danish, German, Hebrew, Greek, Italian, Polish, Japanese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Swedish). This lets you not only save life-saving data but also translate it in different languages!

Available for: $3.31 on Android devices

iOS users can check out ICE 4 Travel

In Case of Emergency


  1. mPassport

Have you ever entered a pharmacy in a foreign country and tried to mime symptoms of upset stomach just because you couldn’t talk in the local language? Stop playing dumb charades and download the mPassport app. It helps you discover the local brand equivalent of medication that you would preferably take when in your home country. The app also translates medical terminology and phrases, while helping you find a hospital, doctor, pharmacy or dentist nearby. You can also schedule an appointment using this app.

Available for: Free on iOS devices



  1. Red Button

This application helps you send out your location during an emergency. Whether you are lost in an unfamiliar city or want to call for an ambulance or contact the police, Red Button displays all important numbers of that particular country. It uses your smartphone’s GPS system to instantly notify your current coordinates to your friends on Twitter and Facebook. The best feature of this app is its Emergency button where one tap of your finger sends out alerts and calls to the emergency services. You may shake your mobile to activate it.

Available for: Free on iOS devices

Red Button


  1. CathMaps+

When we think of cardiac distress, a quick response means a lot. CathMaps+ is a savior app when it comes to cardiac distress situations during travel. This app has been approved by cardiologists and is ideal for those with a history of heart problems as it easily integrates your records with a map of catheterization facilities all over the globe. It also offers emergency dialing and allows you to share updated medical records (like type of stent, the artery its implanted in, etc.) with the doctors. Available in Spanish and English.

Available for: $4.99 on iOS devices


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