I am wondering about the possibility of requiring state prisons systems to implement EHRs that would be interoperable enough so that when offenders are released back into the community their health information would be accessible by their community physician(s). I know that there are many variables such as SES, family support systems, etc., that might influence an ex-offender not to seek proper health care however I am looking at this possibility through the lens of public health and long-term ROI. Many offenders are released with communicable diseases that they may spread if not treated - in my opinion, this is a public health issue. The Texas Correctional System implemented an EMR system and reported a billion dollars in savings. In the little I know about Health IT and EHR I think that we are far from such a possibility because of standards, interoperability, funding, etc., however, I would like to discuss what I mentioned above as well as any laws that may be in place to support or deny this possibility.
February 25, 2013 2:03 PM