Facebook has recently developed a new ‘Preventive Health Tool' on its app to notify users to take regular health check-ups according to their age and gender information.
"Tens of millions of people in the US are missing out on recommended preventive care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventive measures have the potential to detect disease early when it’s most treatable and, in some cases, prevent it from developing. Yet factors such as awareness, access, and cost create barriers to testing for many people.” said Facebook.
To tackle this issue, Facebook’s new tool will suggest undergoing check-ups based on your age. This feature is available on Facebook’s extended apps.
If the user chooses to take a test, the tool will suggest some affordable health centers where they can go for a check-up. If you select a place, you can make a booking that Facebook will keep a record of on its Health App. Afterward, it will notify the user on the day they have their check-up scheduled.
Facebook has said that the Preventive Health app mainly focuses on cancer, heart disease, and flu to raise awareness about these illnesses.
Once you’ve went taken a test or received a flu shot, you can update its status to done on the app. This is a great step taken by the social media giant to raise awareness about different health issues, given the massive numbers of users that it’ll be able to reach.
Facebook is currently under ongoing privacy issues and many people would be concerned about the app accessing records of their health check-ups through the tool. But according to sources, Facebook doesn’t keep any records of the user’s appointments or health, it just prompts them with reminders.
"Your activity within Preventive Health will not be posted publicly or shared with others. Information you provide is securely stored and access is restricted to a group of people at Facebook who work on the product or maintain our systems. We don’t share personal information about your activity in Preventive Health with third parties, such as health organizations or insurance companies, so it can’t be used for purposes like insurance eligibility.", said the company.