Facebook’s foray into digital healthcare // Managed Healthcare Executive

Facebook is working with U.S. health organizations to offer a Preventive Health tool that connects people to health resources and checkup reminders.

People can use the tool to find affordable places to receive care, set reminders to schedule tests, and mark when tests are completed. Facebook’s initial focus is on the top two leading causes of death in the US: heart disease and cancer, (according to CDC) as well as the flu, a seasonal illness that affects millions each year. The resources available in the tool are provided by the American Cancer Society, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and CDC.

Todd Johnson, chief strategy officer, at GetWellNetwork, a global consumer health technology company, says that he is encouraged that big tech is seeking ways to help in the detection and prevention of diseases.

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