I just read a very interesting post by Jonathan Richman “How New Facebook Features Will Impact Healthcare” in which Jonathan is suggesting that sharing some/all (?) information about our health might help and change our social media lives, the way how pharma companies will interact with us.
(…) I argue constantly that if people gave up a little privacy it would likely make them and the rest of us a lot healthier. (…)
I understand that it means changing one of the most important part of our privacy perception – giving up and publishing our health’s status. I get it, I know that there can be something good about this – like saving life, getting rid off the rush quicker and maybe cheaper – because some pharma company/doctor/on-line friend/etc. can suggest some medicine we may use or information about someone (who?) may help us, providing us with important health updates, etc. I would like to focus on another aspect of that issue – giving up the last frontier of our privacy, giving up/sharing our health information.
ok,ok….when you look at this issue, we are already sharing some of that: Facebook checking-in to medical places (dentist, hospital, pharmacy, etc.) or updating our Facebook or Twitter status by posting comments such as: “I’m sick today, that’s my 5th cold this year”. And I think that this is just the beginning. So what’s next? What we will do next?:
- how many health related information are we willing to share via social media?
- who wants to get to those information?
- what 3rd parties would like to do with that kind of knowledge about our health?
I think that if there is more information about our health, there will be someone (individual or organization) willing to interact and do something (bad or good) with that information – wow, that doesn’t sound good.
Just think about big pharmaceutical industry, it’s big, has a great budget for marketing research, wants to get to as much as possible information about our health. And what about insurance industry? same thing.
What do you think about that?
How many information are you already giving up via social media?