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UAB launches online diagnosis and treatment program

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Are you feeling under the weather but don' t want to drive to a doctor? UAB has a new service for you.

UABMedicine.com is an online medical diagnosis for common ailments such as colds, flu, allergies and urinary tract infections.

Dr. Stuart Cohen, medical director of Primary Care in UAB's School of Medicine, said the hospital wanted to reach out to those who need common medical help.

"For those patients who lead a busy life and prefer not to take the day off to see a physician or go to an urgent care center," Cohen said.

The online service can help diagnose common ailments such as upper respiratory infections. flu, allergies and infections such as pink eye.

Dr. Cohen said patients can go to the website at any time of the day and fill out a questionnaire designed to look for a possible solution to what is ailing them.

"That information is sent to a UAB provider who reviews the information and based on the data will determine what is the best next step," Cohen said.

A response will be provided during UAB's normal operations hours usually within an hour. You are only charged if you get a response for treatment. That will cost $25.

If a prescription is needed one will be sent to your pharmacy but not all drugs will be available.

"Seeking treatment for pain, lower back pain, headaches other conditions which you think a pain reliever might be indicated are not conditions we do treat," Cohen said.

Edward Wilson of Bessemer said his wife goes to her doctor at the Kirkland Clinic. He likes the idea of the online service.

"Saves gasoline; that's saving money. You know what I'm saying," he said.

UAB's normal operation office hours for responding is Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You won't be charged if UAB does not provide a recommendation.

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