Tick-Tack has been developed to help doctors who have a problem treating
patients who speak a foreign language. It has been extended to enable patients
to communicate effectively with doctors and nurses who don’t speak their
language. All the material for the app
has been created in 30 languages. In short: with this app, doctors and patients
who speak different languages can communicate effectively and in detail. Even if only one of them has the app, it
still works. They each use the same device in turn - and there is no need to
change the languages. The app searches in source & destination.
Anyone who lives abroad, is abroad on holiday, who falls
ill, or has a medical condition, or is involved in an accident, can describe
their problem in their own language and at the same time see it displayed
automatically in any of the other languages.
Patients can also create their complete
medical history in their own language and at the same time see it re-created
automatically in any of the thirty languages. This saves the doctor asking lots
of questions, greatly reduces the time needed and ensures correct
understanding. Don’t wait till you have an accident or feel unwell – create it
before you travel.
The app consists of the things that doctors and patients need to
say to each other: describing problems, asking questions, giving answers and
offering advice. It provides many hundreds of sentences, and extensive
glossaries giving names of illnesses and parts of the body, countless medical
terms, and phrases useful in creating your medical history.. Every item has its
own unique code-number and everything has been created in the main European
languages as well as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Armenian, and Uzbek.
Regular updates will be available in
order to build the app into a major resource for the medical world that
enhances the skills and efficiency of doctors and nurses, helps patients get
treated more quickly, and boosts the confidence of travellers.
Users select their
mother tongue and their desired target language. They then type on their
smartphone or tablet the key word that they need, such as: heart, chest, stomach, ankle, sprain,
agony, itch, etc. The app then displays all sentences containing that word.
Users scroll down and tap the sentence they want. This displays it on its own,
in both the user’s own language and in the target language selected. You can
also build up sentences using individual phrases.
You can just display one
sentence and show it to the doctor, or to the patient, to read. Or you can create a text with many
sentences. Tapping a sentence inserts it into an email text.
you wish to create more, you clear the screen and search for the next
sentence – and add it to the text. You can see the text that you have created –
in both languages. You can save it for future use or send it to your laptop if
you want to edit it or print it.
If you have some knowledge of the language, you can
read the sentence out loud, or you can learn useful phrases, and so improve
your language skills.
Dr Tick-Tack is offered as a basic app
with a selection of 12 languages and some reduced features. This is what you
buy when you click the initial “£0.70 Buy” button. An “enhanced version” is
available as a subscription app which provides all 30 languages and further
extensive glossaries. The subscription
charge of £0.70, payable on signing, and every six months, also gives regular
and extensive updates Minor updates
will be available within a few weeks of the launch.
The app is part of an extensive range of language apps being developed by Primrose Publishing, from the 36 computer programs covering 50 languages marketed for over 40 years, under the name Tick-Tack, to universities, education authorities, companies and schools, all over the world.