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Jails and Health Information Technology: A Framework for Creating Connectivity, Part 1  

Author:  Ben  Butler.

Source: Volume 15, Number 01, November/December 2013 , pp.1-10(10)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Health information technology (HIT) can help integrate jails into community health care systems by creating a bridge between jails and their communities. By sharing data between jails and communities, HIT ensures that the substantial investment made in the health care of individuals affected by the criminal justice system is not lost simply due to the inaccessibility of data. In Part 1 of this article, COCHS shares insights from the experiences of two jurisdictions working to implement different forms of HIT connectivity. In Part 2, it will present three more.

Keywords: electronic health record (EHR); Affordable Care Act; subsidized health insurance; Medicaid; re-entry; Discharge planning; Epic; Pharmacy Ordering; Sapphire/Diamond system

Affiliations:  1: Community Oriented Correctional Health Services.

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