The International Health Service of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona is launching Famba, an application that offers international travellers healthcare monitoring and assistance. This application was designed by a multidisciplinary team made up of experts in different subjects, so as to improve the traveller's experience and their health during their trip.
“The data indicate that up to 50% of international travellers experience some kind of symptom during their trip, and 1 in 10 travellers needs to go to the Tropical Medicine Service when they return home," says Dr. Jose Muñoz, Head of the International Health Service and developer of Famba. “Moreover, the app can be used to solve health problems and to find out what is happening during the trip. And with that, to improve our algorithms and offer proactive and personalized preventive measures,” he explains.
On the app, users can find the information they need on the health risks in any destination, which allows them to take suitable preventive measures before their trip. Users can buy different travel packs on the app, in accordance with the length of their trip. This allows travellers to access International Health professionals at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona through the app’s chat function.
The aim of Famba is to accompany travellers and look after them wherever they are, providing them with a medical team they can trust. It is a pioneering application in the field of telemedicine for travellers. The application is available in Catalan, Spanish and English and can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and the Google Play Store.
About the Hospital Clínic International Health Service
The culture of tropical and travellers’ medicine at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona has helped to consolidate the International Health Service as a national and European centre of reference, with over 30 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of tropical, international travel-related illnesses. The International Traveller Care Service (SAVI) advises users travelling to international destinations before and after their trips. In 2019, the pre-travel medical care unit received around 20,000 first consultations and the post-travel unit received around 2,000. Since 2015, the International Health Service has offered medical assistance via digital platforms during international trips.