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Healthy Preparation for Holiday Travel

Free, Multilingual Travel/Health App Eases Stress and Simplifies Traveling with Health Concerns, Conditions

DOVER, MA – November 15, 2018 – Too often during the holiday hustle, health risk, concerns and safety fall wayside to celebrating, shopping and timelines – particularly if you’re traveling. But what many do not realize, whether it be an unforeseen accident, food reaction or chronic or serious condition, medical emergencies are most prevalent during the winter holiday season.

This year, with 2018 U.S. holiday travel volume projected to be its highest in more than a decade (since 2005) and during the most dangerous holidays to be on the road, travelers should take heightened precautions to protect their health and safety. [1]

While medical emergencies may not be predictable, travelers can prepare and protect themselves, family and friends before heading into the holidays by having pertinent medical information on-hand. This is particularly important for family caregivers (e.g. parent caring for a child; adult child caring for an aging parent). Backpack Health, a free mobile app provides secure access to personalized, comprehensive medical information and documents – including wellness, illnesses, injuries, chronic health conditions, physicians, prescriptions, allergies and treatments – in one central location, your mobile device.

“Especially for people living with chronic, serious and rare conditions, holiday travel often disrupts health routines – like skipping or rescheduling medical appointments and treatments or forgetting to refill, pack and take medications – it can rob people of enjoying time with friends and family,” says Jim Cavan, president and CEO of Backpack Health. “If you’re traveling across the globe or across town, having extensive medical history, for both you and your loved ones, at your fingertips offers assurance to enjoy the holidays with more peace of mind – without the burden carrying medical folders.”

The Backpack Health app is multilingual; it translates framework text, such as medication names, dates and titles, into English, Spanish, French, German and Portuguese, allowing users to share vital health considerations and communicate with medical professionals when traveling abroad.

To download the Backpack Health app, visit the App Store for iOS devices or the Google Play for Android devices.

Holiday Travel
Be Prepared – Health Risk, Concerns and Safety

Most dangerous holidays for road travel

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • News Year's Day

Fatal heart attacks spikes Dec. 25 and Jan. 1

  • The highest incidence of cardiac mortality for the entire year [2]

Emergency Room visits increase / top reasons

  • Thanksgiving Day → 12% spike
    • Food poisoning
    • Cooking injuries/burns
    • Domestic disputes
    • Traffic accidents
  • Christmas through New Year’s Day → 32% spike
    • Alcohol Intoxication
    • Lacerations from cooking/decorating/wrapping
    • Electrocution
    • Traffic accidents

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[1] AAA
[2] American Heart Association

About Backpack Health

Backpack Health, LLC builds secure, innovative information tools to help people manage their health journey – including wellness, illnesses, injuries, and chronic health conditions. The Backpack Health mission is to make it easy for everyone to access, own and control their health information to support better health care and attain better health for themselves, their loved ones and their communities. Backpack Health provides a platform for organizations to engage patients, collect up-to-date data and build communities around the globe. To assure data protection for its users’ information, Backpack Health complies with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adheres to its data protection principles, and participates in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. Learn more at