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Study: EHRs in jail setting improve coordination, human rights issues

The implementation of electronic health records across 12 jails in New York City between 2008 and 2011 led to a ‚Äúsignificant improvement‚ÄĚ in the ability of officials to monitor and safeguard human rights of inmate patients, according to a new study. In addition to the benefits of being able to track health issues and clinical […]

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Three times as many people with mental illness are in U.S. prisons than hospitals

Psychological disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder and trauma-related disorders, are rampant among inmates, and mental illness itself is a risk factor for landing in jail. “We’ve, frankly, criminalized the mentally ill, and used local jails as de facto mental health institutions,” said Alex Briscoe, the health director for Alameda County in northern California. The statistics […]