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Facebook Is Getting Into the Health Care Business


Facebook Inc already knows who your friends are and the kind of things that grab your attention. Soon, it could also know the state of your health.

On the heels of fellow Silicon Valley technology companies Apple Inc and Google Inc , Facebook is plotting its first steps into the fertile field of healthcare, said three people familiar with the matter. The people requested anonymity as the plans are still in development.

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.

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  1. What will the FDA say? Using the inter-tubes to discuss your health matters? Is this not an un-approved MEDICAL DEVICE?!?! The FDA should, and will, shut ’em DOWN!!!! Anything new is DANGEROUS unless approved by endless examinations and recriminations by properly well-paid fed fat-cats!!!

  2. On the heels of fellow Silicon Valley technology companies Apple Inc and Google Inc ,


    Google announced in June 2011 that Google Health would be discontinued as of January 1, 2012, and encouraged users to either download their data or to directly transfer it to Microsoft’s HealthVault service before January 1, 2013.

    Google punted to Microsoft? Good Luck Facebook!

  3. Goody! A new way to reach hypochondriacs!

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