Roughly 2.4 million people are incarcerated in federal, state and county jails, all of whom are guaranteed access to healthcare. Not only do correctional facilities face difficulty in recruiting and retaining healthcare providers they are challenged to take care of an aging prison population.
In the western part of Texas served by Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC), their telemedicine program has been in existence since 1994, serving 15 correctional facilities.
According to their estimates, the average cost to transport an inmate to a healthcare visit is $350.* Through telemedicine, TTUHSC is able to keep 85% of inmates on ward.
In 2013, 9138 telemedicine encounters took place. 9138 encounters x $350 savings/patient = $3,198.300 SAVINGS in one year.
Most common correctional telemedicine encounters include:
By receiving care sooner, the inmate patient receives better outcomes through earlier interventions, streamlined access to specialists and consistent treatment, which allows facilities to uphold their duty of care.
At GlobalMed, we have the experience, hardware and software equipment and education to integrate telehealth solutions into correctional facilities. With deployments accross the United States and abroad, our proven solutions are equipped with lockable medical device bins, retractable cords and interoperability across a wide platform of software and hardware devices.