Application review of "Fit2travel, Version 1.0 .iPhone/iPod/iPad compatible application" by GlaxoSmithKline, Australia

Leggat, Peter A. (2012) Application review of "Fit2travel, Version 1.0 .iPhone/iPod/iPad compatible application" by GlaxoSmithKline, Australia. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 10 (2). pp. 105-107.

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[Extract] The ascendency of smart phones and devices has seen a rapidly expanding array of applications or "apps" to service this burgeoning market. These applications include those directed at travellers. Globally, there are few applications directed specifically at travellers' health; however Fit2travel is the second to be commercially produced from Australia. Fit2travel was released in 2011 by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Australia. Version 1.0 remains the downloadable version, as of this review, and it is unclear if there have been any updates, since it was released by GSK on 6 April 2011.¹ The first travellers' health application was Travel Health-English by Australian travel health practitioner, Dr Deborah Mills.² This app was based on her popular book for travellers, Travelling Well,³ and Travel Health has been available since 2010 for a small fee and is periodically updated; currently Version 1.5.⁴ The Fit2travel application however has a different approach to the Travel Health application. The first major difference to Travel Health is that Fit2travel is a free download. The scope of information provided concentrates on providing the basics in travellers’ health without being overly comprehensive. It is also vaccination-centric, which is reinforced by GSK Australia's supporting website⁵ and the link to a "Vaccination Reminder" service for travellers.

Item ID: 25881
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1873-0442
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 00:34
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