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Health Information Technology in Jails

Health Affairs Publishes Ben Butler's Letter:
Health Information Exchange and Jails

In the June, 20 issue of Health Affairs, Ben Butler, responds to a March 2015 Health Affairs' article, Despite The Spread Of Health Information Exchange, There Is Little Evidence Of Its Impact On Cost, Use, And Quality Of Care, by Saurabh Rahurkar and coauthors. In his letter, Ben suggests that jails offer an interesting opportunity to test the efficacy of health information exchange (HIE) for improving the health of a very vulnerable population.

New HIE Funding Opportunities for Corrections:
Health Information Technology’s Role in Reducing Mass Incarceration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on February 29, 2016 released a Dear State Medicaid Director letter which expanded the list of providers that could participate in the 90 percent federal matching funds (90/10) on state activities to promote health information exchange (HIE). The new expanded list includes correctional health providers. This addition is a recognition that coordinating care of individuals cycling through the criminal justice is an important contribution in assisting eligible Medicaid providers in the community to meet EHR Incentive objectives of Meaningful Use

To coincide with this announcement, COCHS is disseminating a new issue paper by COCHS CIO Ben Butler, New HIE Funding Opportunities for Corrections: Health Information Technology’s Role in Reducing Mass Incarceration. In this paper, Ben outlines the potential of HIE to vastly improve connectivity between community and correctional healthcare and possibly help reduce mass incarceration. Read more...

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...

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.

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

Bridging the Gap
Improving the Health of Justice-Involved
People through Information Technology

This document is an executive summary of a meeting convened on September 17, 2014 by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. The meeting aimed to address the problems of disconnected justice and health systems and to develop solutions by describing barriers, benefits, and best practices for connecting community providers and correctional facilities using health information technology (HIT).

Chelsea Davis
David Cloud

A Roundtable Discussion: Criminal Justice and Health Information Technology: What are the next steps?

On September 14, 2012, COCHS held a roundtable discussion in Washington DC, to identify what key government agencies are doing to address the sharing of health information for justice-involved individuals, and what this might mean for the future as we move closer to Medicaid expansion.

COCHS' Staff

State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System

A map of the United States that allows the user to explore how each state has implemented health information technologyd for the criminal justice population. This project was developed by the Legal Action Center through a grant by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.Go to the Legal Action Center...

Implementation of an Electronic Health Record in the New York City Jail System

Details the adoption and implementation of an electronic health record system on Rikers Island and explores how a non-correctional EHR was modified to meet the requirements of a correctional environment.

Richard Stazesky, Jennifer Hughes, and Homer Venters, MD, of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

How digital technology can reduce prison incarceration rates

This article from the Brookings' website examines how different technologies offer alternatives to incarceration. As bipartisan support for sentencing reform grows, technology can be the critical key to unlocking alternatives to long-term prison sentencing.

Darrell M. West