What is safety? And what is travel security? What is the first thing that pops into your mind when we say travel security? Do you think of a terrorist attack? Do you think of team mugged in a foreign city? Or, perhaps, you think of contracting a terrible virus such as Ebola.

Thinking about Risk and Safety

As you may or may not know, we human beings are rather irrational when it comes to thinking about risk. Ask, for example, the average person if they are afraid to fly, and they may answer that yes they are afraid to fly, at least to some extent. However, ask the same person, if they are afraid to drive a car, and they will look at you quizzically. Or, ask them, if they are afraid to cross the street, or to jaywalk. Yet the probability that someone will be hit by a car is orders of magnitude more likely than the probability that they will die in an aircraft crash.

Medical Safety App

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Similarly, although terrorism gets many headlines across the world, and it is, of course, a serious threat to our society, it is not a particularly likely way to die. One of your employees who is abroad on an assignment is, unfortunately, more likely to die in a much more run of the mill way such as contracting a very boring yet deadly ailment like the flu in a foreign country. Similarly, rather than being impacted by terrorism, that employee is more likely to be mugged, and to suffer some types of physical problems, than to be kidnapped by Islamic militants.

All of this brings us to the medical safety angle. We are very proud that FoneTrac as a safety app is enabled with backend support, so that if an employee who is traveling abroad, has a medical emergency, we can assist them in real time. It may be as simple as helping them to find or book a doctors appointment in a strange, foreign country. Or it may be helping them to get to the nearest hospital, and navigate the health care system of a strange land. Or, it may be necessary to help with a medical evacuation.

Our app, by putting real people at the fingertips of your employees or executives who are traveling abroad, can help with the medical safety angle. Is this headline news in the way that a terrorist attack or a new plague is? Of course not. However, it is a much more likely problem for employees who are traveling abroad.

So, in assessing the best travel safety app, don’t forget the medical safety angle.