Implementation Considerations for Telehealth Programs Serving People Who Are Incarcerated
Providing telehealth services to people who are incarcerated in rural correctional facilities can
ensure that inmates receive timely access to care. Telehealth programs can also help reduce safety
risks to security personnel and costs, such as those associated with inmate transportation.
One study of telepsychiatry in prison
settings found that technical issues were the most persistent challenge to providing telehealth
services in correctional facilities, due to strong firewall protections that can make it difficult to
gain internet access to the facilities. Other barriers include unreliable servers that can make it
difficult to maintain live-video connection. Rural telehealth programs seeking to provide services to
people in correctional facilities may need to build strong relationships with prison administrators
in order to find ways to overcome technical barriers to telehealth adoption.
Resources to Learn More
State Prisons Turn to Telemedicine to Improve Health and Save Money
Describes the process of implementing telehealth services in a state prison. Depicts the personal
accounts of physicians providing telehealth services for prisoners.
Author(s): Ollove, M.
Telehealth: Increasing Access to High
Quality Care by Expanding the Role of Technology in Correctional Medicine
Reviews available literature to demonstrate that telemedicine could lead to improved clinical
outcomes and decrease costs when implemented in prisons and correctional facilities.
Author(s): Young, J.D. & Badowski, M.E.
Citation: Journal of Clinical Medicine, 6(2), 20