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Predictive Analytics in Health Care and Criminal Justice: Three Case Studies

In this issue paper, Ben Butler, COCHS' CIO, examines three case studies where predictive analytics are being used to assist health care providers along with criminal justice professionals in reducing incarceration, improving health, and maintaining public safety. Read issue paper...

HITECH Act and the ACA—New Opportunities for Correctional Providers

In this article, Ben Butler, COCHS' CIO, examines the important ways in which jail correctional health programs can now benefit from provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) that provide generous cash incentives for health providers who migrate to and share data electronic health records (EHRs). Under the original HITECH provisions, jails were excluded from participation; but passage of the ACA, which included the expansion of Medicaid to individuals based solely on income, had the effect of lifting the prohibition on CMS payments to programs treating inmates. Jails now can enjoy significant new funding under the revised criteria. This article explains, in detail, how. View article...

FierceHealthIT: HIE A Bridge That Is Needed under Healthcare Reform

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This article, published on FierceHealthIT's website quotes at length the work of COCHS' CIO Ben Butler, HIE A Bridge That Is Needed between Jails and Their Communities: Under Healthcare Reform. This article was published on AHIMA's website, Perspectives in Health Information Management.

Author
Susan D. Hall, FierceHealthIT

Correctional Health Care Report Reprints -
Jails and Health Information Technology:
A Framework For Creating Connectivity (Part 1)

Correctional Health Care Report Reprints -
Jails and Health Information Technology:
A Framework For Creating Connectivity (Part 2)

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Correctional Health Care Report republished in a two part series, Jails and Health Information Technology: A Framework For Creating Connectivity. This study was written by COCHS' CIO, Ben Butler, and is available on this website .

Author
Ben Butler, COCHS

Technology and Continuity of Care: Connecting Justice and Health

At the end of 2014, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) received funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop nine case studies on data-sharing between the criminal justice and the health care sectors to promote continuity of care.

Passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009 spurred an unparalleled investment in the nationwide adoption of health information technology. One of the chief aims of HITECH is to improve coordination and continuity of care through data-sharing.

Criminal justice and behavioral health care providers, however, have been passed over by this technological wave. We developed nine case studies as a way to provide insights from a range of jurisdictions and organizations and inform data-sharing efforts in other communities.

Authors
Ben Butler, CIO COCHS
Nan Torrey, MA
Ben Watts, MBA
Daniel J. Mistak, JD
Leta Smith, PhD