Get ready Healthcare Industry – Facebook has some health initiatives of its own… (a bit behind the curve with what tech giants like Apple and Google are already doing);
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. …as a tool to increase engagement with the site.
Two things are pushing this forward – (1) their previous Organ-Donor Status Initiative, and (2) current social networking around Chronic Ailments with patient networks like PatientsLikeMe. Here’s hoping healthcare can keep up with Apple, Google and Facebook’s pace – for our own sake.