Women Getting Birth Control Via Apps May Be Missing Out On Critical Information From Doctor
Although the services save time and money, some say there's a health education component to in-person doctor visits that could be lacking in the digital experience.
Los Angeles Times:
You Can Get Birth Control From An App — But Should You?
The latest thing technology is trying to make obsolete: visiting the doctor's office. An increasing number of apps and online services are offering women a way to get birth control, including emergency contraception, without having to visit a doctor in person. California is one of a handful of states that allows people to access healthcare with a video conference or online, thanks to the Telemedicine Development Act of 1996 and the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011. (Roy, 6/21)
In other health IT news —
Orange County Register:
CSUF Biomechanical Engineering Research May Lead To Increased Mobility In Stroke Victims
Through the use of robotic glasses, Cal State Fullerton engineering faculty and students are looking to create a cost-effective and reliable solution for the treatment of post-stroke patients with affected movement in their arms – one that consists of a virtual reality. Along with three students, Cal State Fullerton assistant professor of mechanical engineering Nina Robson is working on the Augmented Reality Wearable Device (ARWED) project, which she started nearly two years ago. Graduate mechanical engineering students Vishal Ahir and Rachel Caballero, along with undergraduate electrical engineering student Gina Hwang and undergraduate computer science student Kien Nguyen, make up Robson’s team of student researchers. (Marcos, 6/21)