The Essentials

How You Can Track Your Health While Traveling

Not long ago, someone with a pre-existing medical condition, or a person recovering from an operation, might not travel for fear of not being able to monitor his or her own medical condition. 


But now, there is a series of apps that allow folks with diabetes, heart conditions and epilepsy to check up on themselves when they travel — at airport terminals, hotel lobbies or on the train.


The apps send out information and alerts to doctors and caregivers.


One device, KardiaMobile, is a personal EKG monitor. 


Apple has an app to monitor heart performance. And then for diabetics, there’s the Dexcom — a continuous glucose monitor, which doesn’t require drawing any blood. 


All this translates to more freedom to travel safely.