DES MOINES (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says it is expanding telemedicine services in clinics around Iowa.
The women's health program said Thursday that three health centers allow patients to speak with health professionals via videoconferencing for birth-control consultations, birth-control method changes and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. By the end of the year, Planned Parenthood hopes to offer telemedicine visits at 15 clinics around the state.
Last month, the Iowa Board of Medicine voted to ban a telemedicine system used by Planned Parenthood in Iowa in which doctors distribute abortion-inducing pills remotely to patients in clinics across the state.
The board's executive director, Mark Bowden, declined to comment on the announcement, saying that the board will have to review the information.
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