Facebook pursues entry into healthcare industry

Facebook is following the likes of Samsung and Apple by planning to enter the healthcare industry, starting with the creation of online support communities on the social network.

According to a Reuters exclusive, three people familiar with the matter say the tech giant is soon to enter the lucrative healthcare industry -- starting with online "support" communities which would connect Facebook users that suffer with afflictions. In addition, a separate team is considering how "preventative" applications could help people improve their lifestyles. These kinds of apps could include fitness and calorie trackers -- in the same manner as MyFitness Pal -- or perhaps could issue guidelines on nutrition, exercise and recommended food consumption.

Credit: CNET UK

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