Paging Dr. Facebook? Tech giant considering healthcare: Reuters

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According to Reuters, Facebook is turning its attention to personal health, with hints about the ways the social giant could get involved.

A report Friday cited three unnamed sources with close knowledge of the project.

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.

In recent months, the sources said, the social networking giant has been holding meetings with medical industry experts and entrepreneurs, and is setting up a research and development unit to test new health apps. Facebook is still in the idea-gathering stage, the people said.

The success of its organ donor program was among the catalysts for this move, per Reuters. In 2012, Facebook began allowing users to display their organ donor status on their public profile.

The other Silicon Valley titans, Apple and Google, are already involved with fitness and health tracking through each of their app stores. The new Apple Watch has a suite of health tracking features as well.

Details are scant, but you can read Reuters’ full take here.

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