Could Facebook be a hidden gem of healthcare technology?

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Fitness trackers, smartphone applications and electronic health records (EHRs) are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to healthcare technology. With a vast array of technologies being offered, many may have overlooked the importance of an everyday tool: Facebook.

The social media platform remains the primary place for people to share pictures, videos and news. The site has also categorized itself as its own support system to its users. Within the thousands of messages shared every day, individuals and their families dealing with complex and unique conditions are able to rally together to share experiences. These private groups offer support to patients by allowing the sharing of information and knowledge to improve a comprehensive healthcare experience.

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