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COCHS and Health Affairs

Dr. Homer Venters:
Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
as Human Rights Tool

At the COCHS and Health Affairs conference held on April 3rd, 2014, in Washington D.C., Homer Venters, Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Health Services, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, explained how EHR technology in corrections can be used as a tool for monitoring human rights.

Dr. Homer Venter's testimony in front of New York State’s Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Assembly Committee on Health, and Assembly Committee on Correction

In his statement, Dr. Venters, the Senior Health and Justice Fellow for COCHS, details the benefits of medication assisted treatment (MAT) in places of detention. In his experience, Dr. Venters has seen first-hand the stabilizing impact that MAT can have on the health of individuals, their ability to maintain healthy relationships, employment and housing. MAT lowers mortality behind bars, not only for overdose deaths but for overall mortality. Read more...