Facebook plans to add your health to the things it knows about you

Reuters reports that Facebook is soon planning to enter the healthcare field, following in the footsteps of Apple and Google by developing health tracking and monitoring platforms and apps. Three sources familiar with the company’s plans said Facebook had been holding meetings with medical professionals, and is setting up a new department to test health apps and services.

The company’s healthcare plans are still in development, but one team is reportedly looking into the creation of “preventative care” apps designed to help people live healthier lives. Another group has started to explore the creation of online “support communities” that connect Facebook users suffering from the same conditions. The latter idea was partially inspired by…

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