Facebook has already mastered the world of social media by creating services that make it easier than ever to connect with friends and family. But, will those same services translate to the healthcare industry? Facebook thinks so. That's why the company is planning new apps and tools to help you stay healthy and find solutions when you're sick.
Anonymous sources from the company confirmed it is looking into new healthcare solutions. The company is interested in creating support communities for those suffering health issues. It's also exploring making healthcare apps. Facebook has been interested in healthcare for a while now, but only recently saw that its users might be agreeable as well.
Separately, Facebook product teams noticed that people with chronic ailments such as diabetes search the social networking site for advice, said one former Facebook insider. In addition, the proliferation of patient networks, such as PatientsLikeMe, demonstrate that people are increasingly comfortable sharing symptoms and treatment experiences online.
But don't expect these services to pop up in your news feed any time soon. Facebook is still developing ideas and figuring out exactly how it will present these new apps. One major issue the company will have to tackle is user privacy. Privacy and security is hugely important in healthcare and Facebook has a checkered past in those areas.