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Samsung phones in the UK will soon let you video chat with doctors

According to Financial Times, Samsung has signed a deal with the health startup Babylon to offer AI-powered medical consultations on its smartphones in the UK. The phones sold in the region will soon come preinstalled with technology from Babylon that will allow users to video chat with doctors from their homes.

Samsung is paying Babylon for the technology

Babylon is known for its partnership with the UK’s ‘GP at Hand’ program that already lets users book doctor consultations through video chat. Samsung is paying a license fee and share in profits to Babylon for using their medical consultation technology. Like GP at Hand, the AI-powered Babylon tech in Samsung phones will not only facilitate doctor consultations via video chat but can also check symptoms through the Health app.

The service, however, is not free for the users. It will cost £50 ($67) a year or £25 ($33) for a one-time consultation. Though the service is currently limited to the users in the UK, Samsung is not averse to the idea of bringing it to other markets according to the report. Unfortunately, none of the reports online offer any information about eligible devices and launch date. We have to wait for the official announcement from Samsung for more details.

Samsung’s latest smartphones are packed with health-related tech. It’s heartening to see the company exploring ways to leverage all that technology to offer meaningful real-life applications.

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iliketosleep
iliketosleep

Well. This is awkward. It’s already live through Samsung health…

vnovomsate
vnovomsate

More malware = more Samsung.

SteveTud
SteveTud

UK public have already paid for their health care via national insurance contributions. If anyone takes up on this payment then they’re being ripped off, What a stupid idea ! Only a Tory could come up with such an underhanded way to tax people twice.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

??? You can speak to a doctor any time now within reason? Just call up your general practice and request an appointment

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Speaking of the UK… The Note9 may NOT have a headphone jack as possible promotional offers include the Gear Icon X (2018) and AKG ON Wireless Bluetooth headsets among other things like Dex, Wireless chargers, Spare S Pens and pouch, as well as 2 years cover for accidental damage and theft. And even a 512GB micro SD Card, and even more surprising, unlimited access to business lounges at airports for 6 months!
This next Note really seems to be going back to its roots of business and professional customers.

vanillasky
vanillasky

Oh, really? And the source of this revation is?

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Samsung SmartLab+
Talk about shooting the messenger!! A survey went out at the POSSIBLE promotional offers coming with the new Note and which ones I’d like, the lack of headphone jack was just an inference I made.

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