Health IT In Jails
Healthcare within correctional environments is not a topic that is well understood. What is even less well understood is the role of health information technology (health IT) in these environments. But across the United States, increasing numbers of local and county jails are exploring health information technology (HIT) solutions that can help them achieve more efficient and better coordinated care, significant health care cost savings, and improvements in both public health and public safety. In particular, they are implementing electronic health record (EHR) systems to replace their old paper-based record systems and are studying ways to create connectivity with community providers through options such as health information exchanges (HIEs).
Below are issue papers and articles written by COCHS staff and our partners. If you feel lost with all the acronyms that occur in any IT discussion, please consult Speaking the Same Language: Criminal Justice, Health Care, and Information Technology.