Can shopping help stave off disease? eBay filed a patent that shows it wants to help people with health issues find preventative services before they become full-blown conditions by detecting "health deviations" and offering treatments, including shopping for products and services.
Columnist and EcommerceBytes contributor Brian Cohen
pointed us to the patent that shows eBay is paying attention to all sorts of technology, including wearable devices that can track your heart rate and other physical conditions.
Using gadgets (one presumes things like FitBit and Google Glasses), an eBay health app would compare your health data to that of others. It would then suggest what purchases have helped others with your conditions and show service providers in your area. Here's a blurb from the eBay patent application:
"For example, purchase suggestions may suggest user purchases of medication for particular user health deviations (e.g., headaches, continued sneezing, etc.), user purchases of massage services for particular user health deviations (e.g., the muscle cramps or back issues discussed above), and even user purchases of clothing (e.g. shoes) for particular user health deviations (e.g., depression, lethargy, general unhappiness, etc.) if those purchases have been found to reverse similar user health deviations in similar users."
Another section that caught our eye, "However, in some embodiments, the therapeutic effects of purchase recommendations may be specific to receiving a physical product or service, and thus the provision of physical merchant locations where the product or service in the purchase suggestion may be purchased may provide particular benefits."
The patent was filed on October 28, 2014, Brian points to the patent in this post
Let us know what you think.
Brian sent information about another health-related patent - TheNextWeb
wrote, "eBay has patented a system for faster detection and notification of the spread of communicable diseases."