Facebook already knows an awful lot about you and your life, but it could be looking to get a grip on your healthcare info too, according to a report by Reuters today. The article cites “three people familiar with the matter” as the source of the information that suggests the data-gobbling, social networking giant could be looking to introduce support communities for people suffering from specific medical ailments and “prevantative care” apps to help people generally improve their lifestyle.
Facebook Inc already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention. Soon, it could also know the state of your health. On the heels of fellow Silicon Valley technology companies Apple Inc and Google Inc, Facebook is plotting its first steps into the fertile field of healthcare, said three people familiar with the matter. The people requested anonymity as the plans are still in development. The company is exploring creating online “support communities” that would connect Facebook users suffering from various ailments. A small team is also considering new “preventative care” applications that would help people improve their lifestyles. In recent months, the sources said, the social networking giant has been holding meetings with medical industry experts and entrepreneurs, and is setting up a research and development unit to test new health apps. Facebook is still in the idea-gathering stage, the people said.