Facebook plans to take care of your health with its new tool
Facebook is introducing a new feature in its app that will help people take preventive health care measures.
Facebook is introducing a new feature in its app that will help people take preventive health care measures. The new tool launched in the US will connect people to health resources and checkup reminders.
It will help find affordable places, set reminders to schedule tests, mark when it’s completed and more. Preventive care helps detect diseases early when it’s treatable and prevents it from developing.
The company mentions that millions of people in the US are missing recommendation preventive care. Initially, the company plans to focus on top diseases that cause death in the United States: cancer and heart disease. Seasonal flu is also on the list.
The resources available in the tool are provided by the American Cancer Society, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How it can be used?
The app will help determine which checkups are needed based on the age and sex of the user, as recommended by these health organisations. A reminder to check for flu and/or get a flu shot will be shared with users during flu season. \
The social media company says that it’s not going to share the test results with anyone. Personal information related to users will not be shared with third-party such as health organisations or insurance companies. It says that it won’t even use the data for showing ads based on the information provided in preventive health.
However, Facebook will show you ads if you like the page of a health organisation or visit an external website linked to preventive health.
Is it possible for users to get a reminder from a page unless you like the page? Second, if you want to get into details, you will be visiting the website. It feels like the cheat used by retailers -- increasing the price and then giving a discount on it for the sake of showing that the product is on discount.
Facebook is expanding rapidly, with its recent step into Libra and with plans to announce its own dating platform like Tinder; it already owns the most popular apps including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook in our daily life.
The company seems to touch all the aspects of our personal life. It has already setup Marketplace, a place to shop and sell various objects.
It would be interesting to see how all of this unfolds in the future.