Facebook’s head of health research wants doctors to gather even more patients’ personal data to better predict their illnesses and treat them.
While researchers have discovered evidence that an individual’s personal and social life impacts their wellbeing more than some other significant risk factor, the researchers have when taking a gander at large swaths of the U.S. population is scant on details past general socioeconomics, for example, race, age and wage, Dr. Freddy Abnousi, Facebook’s head of health research, said at a press conference.
Abnousi supported for large-scale access to more granular information on patients’ social and behavioral aspects, which he said far exceeded the three other key elements affecting death rates: hereditary qualities, exposure to risks, for example, asbestos and access to quality healthcare. He didn’t particularly call for using Facebook or Instagram user information for these reasons.
“The major driver of health outcomes in the United States are social and behavioral factors,” he said. “Actually understanding what these social determinants of health care should be our prime area of focus.”
Social and behavioral factors incorporate a man’s housing condition, companions, marital status, and type of employment, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those variables have been displayed in a few examinations to have a bigger impact on whether a man survives a heart assault than their hereditary aspects or exposure to risk, he said.
Abnousi led a research project, which Facebook had shut down in the end, that looked for anonymous patient data from hospitals, for example, ailments and prescription data. Facebook planned to coordinate it with user data and help the hospitals figure out which patients may require special care or treatment.
The proposition never went past the initial stages and had been put on delay after the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal raised public concerns over how Facebook and others assemble and use data about Facebook users.