CNN: How Google found itself under pressure from all sides after Roe’s demise

CNN: How Google found itself under pressure from all sides after Roe’s demise. “In mid-June, one week before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, more than 20 Congressional Democrats wrote a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. In it, they urged the company to prevent searches for abortion clinics from returning results and ads that direct users to facilities that actually oppose the procedure, noting it could put women’s health at risk. The next month, 17 Republican attorneys general wrote a letter to Pichai pushing for the opposite.”

Wall Street Journal: Phones Know Who Went to an Abortion Clinic. Whom Will They Tell?

Wall Street Journal: Phones Know Who Went to an Abortion Clinic. Whom Will They Tell? . “In May, shortly after the draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade became public, location-data specialist Tapestri Inc. received unusual requests from two companies. Each wanted to purchase mobile-device data that would reveal users who had visited abortion clinics along the Illinois-Missouri border, said Tapestri Chief Executive Walter Harrison.”

Bleeping Computer: Meta, US hospitals sued for using healthcare data to target ads

Bleeping Computer: Meta, US hospitals sued for using healthcare data to target ads. “A class action lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of California against Meta (Facebook), the UCSF Medical Center, and the Dignity Health Medical Foundation, alleging that the organizations are unlawfully collecting sensitive healthcare data about patients for targeted advertising.”

WHSV: VHHA rolls out healthcare cost transparency tool

WHSV: VHHA rolls out healthcare cost transparency tool. “The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association rolled out a new tool that helps patients understand healthcare costs, as well as financial assistance policies, available here. It is meant to help prepare for what procedures may cost. You select your hospital and the portal takes you to their website, where you can input your procedure and see what that costs. Depending on the hospital system, you may be asked for insurance information so they can take that into account as well.”

Washington Post: You scheduled an abortion. Planned Parenthood’s website could tell Facebook.

Washington Post: You scheduled an abortion. Planned Parenthood’s website could tell Facebook.. “The Supreme Court’s decision last week overturning the nationwide right to an abortion in the United States may have sent worried people flooding to Planned Parenthood’s website to learn about nearby clinics or schedule services. But if they used the organization’s online scheduling tool, it appears Planned Parenthood could share people’s location — and, in some cases, even the method of abortion they selected — with big tech companies.”

NBC News: Hospitals are required to post prices for common procedures. Few do.

NBC News: Hospitals are required to post prices for common procedures. Few do.. “The Hospital Price Transparency Law is intended to make the hidden costs of services such as X-rays, medical tests or colonoscopies clear to patients before they enter the hospital. But a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association added to mounting evidence that hospitals are largely ignoring the law.”

Johns Hopkins University: Tool Visualizes The Public Health Impact Of Redlining

Johns Hopkins University: Tool Visualizes The Public Health Impact Of Redlining. “‘Environmental Racism: A Tool for Exploring the Enduring Legacy of Redlining on Urban Environments’ enables users to visualize the correlation between 14 contemporary environmental metrics and the practice of ‘redlining’ that took place in the 1930s.” Never heard the term redlining? Encyclopedia Britannica has an overview.

Click On Detroit: New tool helps Michigan residents find COVID treatments, therapeutics

Click on Detroit: New tool helps Michigan residents find COVID treatments, therapeutics. “MDHHS launched a new tool for Michigan residents and health care providers to help locate COVID-19 treatments across the state. Users may search to find sites and locations that have therapeutic options available including monoclonal antibodies, oral antivirals and Evusheld, a preventative treatment for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. The site provides phone numbers, operating hours and information about which therapeutics are available.”

Anglia Ruskin University: Covid Hastens Demise Of Combined Contraceptive Pill

Anglia Ruskin University: Covid Hastens Demise Of Combined Contraceptive Pill. “GPs in England dramatically decreased their prescriptions of the combined contraceptive pill during the first Covid-19 lockdown and these rates have not recovered since, according to new research published in The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care. The study, carried out by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), analysed NHS prescribing data from general practices, because around 80% of women in the UK access the contraceptive pill through their GP.”

The Guardian (UK): Doctors could soon face action over ‘misleading’ social media posts

The Guardian (UK): Doctors could soon face action over ‘misleading’ social media posts. “Doctors who share ‘misleading’ information on social media could face regulatory action, according to planned new guidelines. Posts made on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok are among those that could be scrutinised by the General Medical Council (GMC) if a doctor is reported. The council is to update its Good Medical Practice guide, seen by some as a modern-day Hippocratic Oath, for the first time in almost a decade.”