Link Round Up: May 28 – Jun 3

Link Round Up: May 28 – Jun 3

By William JA Pinnock

This week’s Link Round Up hopefully won’t be as sad as the past few Link Round Ups. This week we look at what happens when Planned Parenthood gets it’s budget cut, how telehealth is helping a rural school system, and a push by AMIA to have internet access as a social determinant of health,

Have you heard the slogan “Defund Planned Parenthood”? If you haven’t, it’s a push to cut government spending from Planned Parenthood and in some states it’s worked, which has had dramatic effects on access to healthcare. For example, lets look at Texas and meet Aubrey Reinhardt, a 22 year old law student in Dallas who witnessed first hand this slogan and her experiences with it.

In Southwestern Jefferson County Schools, a new approach to medicine is being used: telehealth. Beginning in January this district, which is approximately 25 minutes from the nearest hospital, installed two virtual clinics within it’s schools. The virtual clinic is open to both students and teachers. Read more about the county’s school telehealth program here.

The American Medical Informatics Association (or as known by the cool kids, AMIA), recently “released a letter urging the FCC to categorize broadband access among the social determinants of health”. The healthcare landscape is changing and the internet is becoming more and more of a key player in how people get access and receive healthcare. Read more about AMIA’s letter to the FCC here.