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Samsung Galaxy S8 might make it easy to schedule a doctor's appointment

A new report claims that a major update is coming to the Samsung S Health app, allowing users to make doctor's appointments from within the app.
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January 16, 2017
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Another day, another Galaxy S8 rumor.

There’s been a lot reported and rumored about the hardware inside the upcoming, and officially unannounced, Samsung Galaxy S8. However, not much has been said on any software app updates that are coming for the smartphone. Today, a new story claims that the company’s Samsung S Health app will get a big upgrade around the time the Galaxy S8 is launched.

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According to SamMobile, citing unnamed sources, this S Health app update will add integrations with WebMD that will allow the app to directly search WebMD’s database for information on any diseases, symptoms and drugs. It will also reportedly add support for another service, Amwell, that offers online chats and appointments with real doctors.

In addition, the story claims the update to the app will allow info on any symptoms, photos and medical prescriptions to be stored on the phone for later use and you will also be able to quickly check a list of nearby pharmacies. Finally, if there is a real medical emergency, the app will reportedly let you dial 911 directly.

The report says these updates should be available in the US along the time the Galaxy S8 itself is launched, which at the moment is rumored to happen in mid-April. While the Samsung S Health app was previously available for just a few of the company’s Galaxy smartphones, it has since expanded its reach and is now available for any Android device running KitKat 4.4 and above.