Birth control–now they have an app for that. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (PPGNHI) has launched an app that will expand access to reproductive health care and birth control in Hawaii. The new mobile app, Planned Parenthood Care, brings reproductive health care services directly to women and men across the state by allowing them to talk to a Planned Parenthood provider face-to-face through a secure online video consultation system. Following the consultation, the individual will then be able to receive birth control in the mail; consultations for urinary tract infections are also available via the app.
“Planned Parenthood Care provides the same high-quality health care people have trusted Planned Parenthood to provide in Hawaii for 50 years,” said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of PPGNHI. “What’s new is now our clinicians can literally meet people where they are–wherever they are–to get them the care they need. Telehealth is an incredible tool in expanding access to care. We know that life gets busy and that is why we are proud to lead with this technology that allows us to deliver health care and information to people who need it, regardless of their location.”
PPGNHI launched Planned Parenthood Care in Washington state in 2014 and in both Alaska and Idaho in 2015. Planned Parenthood Care builds upon decades of innovative health care and information delivery from Planned Parenthood and its affiliates nationwide.
“Hawaii is uniquely positioned to benefit from this service given the geography of this great state and the limited access to local health centers,” said Sonia Blackiston, Hawaii Education Manager at PPGNHI. “This app allows people to consult with a physician in real time via video on their device and determine what makes the most sense for them. It provides convenient access to Planned Parenthood’s trusted, high quality health care.”
Planned Parenthood’s websites provide accurate, nonjudgmental information about contraception, sex, and reproductive health to 60 million visitors each year. Planned Parenthood’s Chat/Text program, which has served nearly 577,000 users so far, has been successful in reducing worry around sexual health issues by connecting youth to a real person through their computer or phone in real time.
The app is available at the iOS app store or from Google Play, but at present health care can only be delivered through Planned Parenthood Care to residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Minnesota.
Click here for more information on the new app.
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