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Impact of Policies Promoting Health Information Technology on Health Care Delivery in Jails and Local Communities

NCJ Number
Health Affairs Volume: 33 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2014 Pages: 487-492
Ben Butler; Judy Murphy
Date Published
March 2014
6 pages
This article examines the impact of policies dealing with the provision of health care to incarcerated persons.
In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that jails must provide health care to detainees at levels consistent with community standards of care. That decision meant that justice-involved individuals received heath care that was separate from the surrounding community. This article examines the impact of that the Supreme Court's decision has had on correctional health care as well as the impact on correctional health resulting from passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This article highlights the various ways that provisions in the HITECH Act can benefit States and provide significant cost savings to correctional systems. The article focuses on four jurisdictions that have implemented health information technology (IT) options within their jails. These four jurisdictions are Orange County, FL; Multnomah County, OR; New York City, NY; and Hampden County, MA. 12 notes