Developer: HTH Worldwide
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
mPassport Paris – One of my biggest fears, beyond losing my wallet or passport, when traveling abroad is that I might be injured in an accident, come down with a serious bug or get some other illness.
Say what you will about the America health insurance system, you can't beat American hospitals and doctors to patch you up when you get sick. So what do you do if you get sick when you're visiting Paris and you don't know whom to turn to?
Turn to your trusty mPassport Paris app to find doctors, dentists, hospitals and other health-related professionals and institutions and schedule appointments. This app essentially is a directory (like the Yellow Pages) backed up with extra details such as specialties, services, emergency departments at hospitals, and how to get there using public transportation.
Here's an example of how HTH Worldwide's mPassport Paris works: Launch the app, choose Hospitals, from a list that includes doctors, dentists, emergency services, hospitals and more.
Next, drill down into Hospitals and choose one from among those on the list. I chose “Hopital Bichat-Claude Bernard" on Rue Henri Huchard, and pulled up a photo of the hospital, telephone numbers, general information (such as the number of beds and URL) and a select list of services and facilities.
One handy feature: You can set your location using GPS and plot nearby medical professionals and facilities on a Google map.
Another handy feature: Audio translations from English into French that you can use to describe your symptoms or medications if you don't speak French.
mPassport Paris is more than an app for the bad things that might happen to you while you're in Paris. It's also an app for the good things that you might want to see as a tourist. Tap the Location icon on the bottom menu and pull up a list of sites and sights to see in Paris and the surrounding areas.
This app is easier than flipping pages in a phone book and far more comprehensive. And it's free (and ad-free) to boot, which makes it even easier to digest. HTH, the developer says more mPassport versions are to come.