By RaeAnn Grossman

Since Datalink’s press release on our partnership with Armor Correctional Health Services, we have been asked about our role in correctional health and the potential impact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares that “health, mental health, and substance abuse problems often are more apparent in jails and prisons than in the community. Incarcerated men and women are often diagnosed with health, mental health, and substance abuse problems after receiving care from a correctional health provider.” In 2017, there were about 745,000 incarcerated individuals in jails and 1.5 million incarcerated individuals in prisons (1.3 million under state jurisdiction and 183,000 under federal jurisdiction) according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  In addition, 10.6 million individuals were admitted to jails, which hold those who are convicted and unconvicted. The Pew Charitable Trust reported that at the end of fiscal year 2015 the United States spent $8.1 billion on the health care of incarcerated individuals.

The CDC highlights some of the most common conditions of prison inmates are:

  • Hepatitis
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • STDs
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease

Because there are millions of people who may need care or medical assistance, DataLink provides an EMR to help support the population’s assessment, treatment, referrals, and the path to probation and release. DataLink’s EMR aids in the health management of these services.

 

Sources:

Correctional Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/correctionalhealth/default.htm

Prisoners In 2017.  Bureau of Justice Statistics. April 25, 2019. http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=6546

Prison Health Care Costs and Quality. The Pew Charitable Trust. October 18, 2017. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/2017/10/prison-health-care-costs-and-quality