University of Alabama Offers eMedicine

The service is aimed to provide the state's first online service to treat common medical conditions.

UAB Medicine is the state’s first medical provider to offer online diagnosis and treatment of common conditions, such as colds, allergies, bladder infections and pink eye.

The service, known as UAB eMedicine and available at uabemedicine.com, is for adults 18 and older in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Patients are charged a $25 fee only if the clinician can diagnose their condition through the service; if symptoms are too complex or advanced, patients will be be referred for additional care.

“eMedicine is an urgent care service that enables patients to use their desktop or mobile devices to interact with our providers,” said Stuart Cohen, M.D., medical director of primary care in UAB’s School of Medicine. “This will add to patient convenience for those who are suffering from upper respiratory infections, flu, allergies and other things very common in an urgent-care setting. It’s really a novel way to extend the physician-patient relationship.”

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Source: Newswise