When you're not feeling your best, getting checked out by a local doctor can bring peace of mind or catch any nasty infection early. But making time for a visit when there doesn't seem to be any room in packed schedules could make you feel worse. What if you could just whip out your smartphone and check your symptoms with a virtual expert or book a live video slot with a real doctor? That's precisely what the Ask an Expert offers Samsung users, with some AI help from Babylon.

Ask an Expert incorporates Babylon's artificial intelligence service and is now available from within the Samsung Health app on certain Galaxy mobile devices in the UK. Users will be able to book a live video appointment with a General Medical Council-registered doctor for medical advice, check symptoms against "500 million streams of knowledge" and manage or order prescription medicine – all from within the app.

"We're excited to be welcoming 'Ask an Expert, powered by Babylon' to the Samsung Health app." said Samsung UK's Kyle Brown. "Now our customers will be able to look after their health from wherever they are – whether it's checking a symptom or talking to a doctor – all within a few simple taps."

The Ask an Expert, powered by Babylon service is available to Samsung Health app users from today in the UK, but it isn't be free. Annual membership will grant unlimited access to Babylon doctors for £50 (about US$65), or one-off appointments can be had for £25 per virtual visit. Though having access to healthcare advice and real doctors 24 hours per day could make it worth the price of admission.

The Health app is currently limited to Galaxy S9 and S9+, S8 and S8+, Note8, S7 and S7 edge, S6/S6 edge/S6 edge+, A8, A5 and A3 models.

Source: Babylon Health