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May 21, 2013

"Colorado Department of Corrections to Pilot Telemedicine for Prisoners"

The title of this post is the headline of this interesting report, which starts this way:

In June, the Colorado Department of Corrections (DoC), in partnership with Denver Health Medical Center, will launch a pilot project designed to treat inmates using telemedicine. Doctors will start by providing consultations in areas like rheumatology, orthopedics, infectious disease and general surgery.  Nineteen correctional facilities will participate in the pilot.

Driving prisoners to the hospital can be costly.  Transportation usually happens after hours, which means that the DoC has to pay overtime wages to security officers.  Also, prisoners could potentially escape during the trip.  "The program improves accessibility to specialty care, and there’s been some use cases throughout the U.S. about inmates escaping, so this decreases the risk," explained Chris Wells, who is director of health IT architecture for Colorado's Governor's Office of Information Technology.

May 21, 2013 at 11:53 AM | Permalink

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Why expensive video conferencing, when Skype is free and encrypted?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 21, 2013 2:59:09 PM

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