Facebook wants to remind you to see a doctor. You work on a set of “preventive health” features designed to help people keep track of their personal maintenance. Is it just me or does this business seem to be a bad choice for this role?
Facebook today announced that it is working with leading health organizations to incorporate health reminders into the platform.
The preventive health tool will tell users what types of controls are recommended for a person of their age and gender, as well as the optimal time to get the flu shot. You can then set a reminder, using the tool, to get these controls, which can include cholesterol checks and mammograms.
This is not totally a bad idea: there is nothing wrong with people monitoring their health. And Facebook is quick to point out that while offering the recall, test results or patient records would never be shared with him. This virtually eliminates the concern that Facebook has access to health data.
And it’s not that Facebook is the only company that requires more access to my physical statistics. Apple has its health apps, Amazon has launched medical skills that meet HIPAA for Alexa and, more recently, Google apparently tries to buy Fitbit.
But I can not help but think that if I really used this to plan, for example, a blood pressure test, I would start seeing ads for pills to reduce hypertension or meditative applications guaranteed for reduce it.
Facebook has managed to get into my business enough to receive product announcements that I literally just talk to friends in person and have never searched for (yes, it bothers me a lot, and no, I’m not going to let go). I’m not sure I need Facebook to know more about me than I already know.
There are rumors that Facebook has been working on health-based functions for years. He apparently stopped a project involving anonymous health data from US hospitals. UU.
Immediately after Cambridge Analytica, we guess (precisely) that we would all really suspect that Facebook has more of our deeply personal data. And it’s not that Facebook is not getting a drop of water elsewhere: it was last month that period tracking apps were discovered to share health data with the site.
That said, the most useful feature is one that shows users of health centers with a federal qualification in their area where they can receive their preventive medical care regardless of their ability to pay.
As Facebook has stated in its statement, not everyone has insurance (under which these assessments are usually free). Assuming that it really works, it could meet a real need of those who would otherwise not consider having their preventive tests.
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