Most of us rush to Google in the case of even a slightest pain or health issue. But that results in complete panic and chaos. Google shows results from all sorts of health websites and forums where thousands of users have added their experiences, conjectures and speculations. So just Googling a skin itching or headache could make you feel that you are a home to a plethora of life-threatening diseases, whereas the reality is opposite to this in most of the cases. This is the reason why companies are launching real-time health services where people could ask real doctors all the questions. Google launched such a service last year. You have apps like Spruce in which you can book an appointment with the doctor and interact with him one on one. But recently, Facebook jumped in the health arena with a bang and announced an amazing service using which you will be able to contact doctors directly in your Facebook inbox.
Facebook is collaborating with HealthTap, a Silicon Valley healthcare startup. The service would be simple: you have a health question, just open Facebook Messenger and send a message to HealthTap. There would be different options like instant reply, choosing an answer from the already asked questions or booking appointments. You will be able to get answers either instantly or within 24 hours.
HealthTap has a vast database with hundreds of professional doctors who would be available to answer your questions.
The best thing about the Facebook Messenger health service is that it would be totally free.
This service was announced recently at Facebook’s F8 conference. Mark Zuckerberg said that his company’s focus is to provide all the useful services at one platform. He thinks that people don’t like to install apps for different services and they don’t want to call businesses separately. Providing them with an ease of access at one place is useful.
However, you should know that no app could replace an actual visit to a doctor. In some cases it is absolutely necessary to have a physical checkup and direct conversation with the doctor. But as far as your daily questions and normal health issues are concerned, HealthTap’s Facebook Messenger service definitely useful.