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Choice Button Facebook is of the essence in the preventive medicine

At my age and gender-and-white Facebook , what is good for me. Every year, so it is recommended to me as a former smoker, I need a low-dose Scan of my lung and a blood test in my chair. For the heart Facebook blood suggests pressure measurements and blood analysis on sugar and cholesterol. Then I let myself against the flu should be vaccinated.

These recommendations can be found on the new Facebook-Tool "Preventive Health", which is available since a few days users in America. In a first Phase of the preventive medical tool is limited to the leading causes of death cancer and heart diseases as well as flu. If it is sufficiently often used and appreciated, it is to be also introduced in other countries.

"According to the US health authority Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, tens of millions of people in the USA miss measures advisable Precaution," says the justification Freddy Abnousi, Director at Facebook health research. Factors such as Knowledge, accessibility and cost for many people are barriers against testing. Here is Facebook wants to help: In collaboration with the U.S. health care organizations, the Preventive Tool users recommendations and lead you to qualified health centers. These were "in underserved areas and to treat everyone, regardless of their ability to pay," says Abnousi.

Rises, the misuse of data

it appears That the much-maligned social advice network to its users in such intimate questions, absurd. Facebook has been criticised in the past few years as none of its competitors because of data abuse.

On the political level, the Facebook-made App from Cambridge Analytica for the election victory of Donald Trump three years ago, is responsible. In the field of medicine Facebook saw the beginning of the year, urged, miracle healer and opponents in the Newsfeed of slowing. And this September, it was revealed that several menstrual tracker shared from User-entered information without being asked, with Facebook, such as data on sexual intercourse.

The more Facebook seeking to reassure its users about data security. According to the company, list only uses the age and gender for the recommendation. If you want, users can change these two key parameters in the Screening Tool even.

"The access to them remains a group of people is limited."Erin Egan, a Privacy Manager for Facebook

"your activity inside of Facebook is given more neither posted publicly nor to others", asserts the privacy chief Erin Egan. "The information entered will be securely stored, and access to them remains a group of people limited to working at Facebook on the product or our systems."

Egan stressed that it was up to the users whether they want to use the tool. If you wanted to, could Facebook remind you of the recommended Tests. But the company didn't receive the access to the test results. Egan makes it clear: "We do not show any advertising on the basis of the information that you enter."

Amazon are not also increases with a

Facebook pushes as the only tech company in the field of health. Amazon equips the virtual assistant Alexa with medical knowledge. Google allegedly wants to buy the fitness tracker Fitbit. And on the iPhone and the Apple Watch, detailed health information is stored, wherein according to Apple, none of this at the Server or the network is given.

In comparison with the competition Facebook is doing with "Preventive Health" a modest step. "At the core, there are advanced reference pages from official sites, connected with the calendar, reminders, and tailored to broad demographic groups," writes the Tech Site "The Verge".

Perhaps the in the United States from both political Camps contested company wants to improve with the advance in preventive medicine its tarnished reputation. Medicine-chief Abnousi stresses that users with disease sought diagnoses long been Facebook support groups with similarly Affected exchange. In India and Brazil, support Facebook, the efforts of local blood banks, allegedly with some success: "Of the unsolicited blood donors, 20 percent come from Facebook."

Created: 31.10.2019, 13:14 PM

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