Medical Transports, Security Risks, and Costs
Security and Cost Advantages
Challenged with the need to improve efficiencies and reduce costs, telemedicine offers you proven safety, security, and cost advantages for your correctional facility without having to compromise on quality of healthcare. By reducing delays and the need to transport inmates, it provides safer, more expedient access to specialists.
TELEMEDICINE FOR A SECURE FUTURE The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Defense have reported that telemedicine consultations represent more than 60% in savings over traditional direct, in-person consultations.1 County and state prison health systems have already recognized the cost benefits and efficiencies telemedicine affords. Texas recently reported that the use of telemedicine and EMR (Electronic Medical Records) has reduced their cost to provide medical care per day per inmate from about $19 to $9.67.2
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Current Trends in Correctional Telemedicine
- 'EMR, telemedicine saves Texas $1B' (2011)
- 'Use of Telemedicine Technology in Correctional Facilities' National Commission on Correctional Healthcare Position Statement (1997)
- 'Telehealth in Correctional Facilities' E.A. Krupinski, PhD, Arizona Telemedicine Program & Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (2011)
- 'Telehealth in Corrections'
R. Emerson, Dir. Maine Telemedicine Services of HealthWays (2011)
- 'Missouri USDA Rural Development Supports Distance Learning and Telemedicine' "Correctional Medical Services, Inc., will provide telemedicine for inmates under the Missouri Department of Corrections." (2011)
1 'Telemedicine Can Reduce Correctional Healthcare Costs,' prepared by Abt Assoc., Inc. for The Joint Program Steering Group Office of Science and Technology National Institute of Justice, Douglas C. McDonald, PhD, et al. (March, 1999)
2 'EMR, Telemedicine Saves Texas $1 B,' Bernie Monegain, Ed., HealthcareITNews, (August, 2011)