Telehealth in Correctional Facilities 

A telehealth video conferencing solution that allows people to receive essential medical and behavioral health services while minimizing the health and safety risks to individuals in correctional facilities. 




Why Do We Need Telehealth in Correctional Facilities, Jails, and Prisons?

Telehealth in correctional facilities keeps guards and medical personnel safe, helps minimize the costs of transporting them to healthcare facilities and provides prisoners with timely and safe access to medical care. Let’s take a closer look at each of the benefits. 

    Security of guards, medical personnel, and local community

    Every month about 45,000 jail inmates leave their prisons and interact with the public to receive healthcare. Although rare, several jail inmates manage to escape or attack their guards and medical staff. The use of audiovisual communication allows prisoners to remain on the premises of the correctional facility and eliminate the likelihood of an escape or an attack. 

    Lower costs

    As prisoners age while in prison, more medical problems occur. The medical problems result in increased healthcare costs for the correctional facility.  Also, correctional facilities in remote locations can lead to an increase in travel costs for healthcare providers. 

    Provide quality care

    Prisoners have higher rates of medical problems than the general population, like high blood pressure, asthma, and other chronic medical conditions. Telehealth can be used to help manage health care and improve outcomes in correctional facilities.  Telehealth technology facilitates communication between hospitals and primary healthcare units in prisons and ongoing training of primary care specialists. It results in better on-site medical care and improves outcomes. 

    Implementing Telehealth in Correctional Facilities 

    Telehealth provides many benefits, such as improves patient outcomes, access to services, provider and patient satisfaction, and decreases costs.  All could be replicated in the correctional facility population. VidyoHealth provides three main telehealth solutions for correctional facilities.  

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      Telehealth Video Conferencing Solutions

      With VidyoHealth’s secure and robust conferencing solution, inmates can be connected to a doctor right away with superior audio and video quality.

      The positive impact of telehealth can change correctional facility health care and should be expanded to additional correctional facilities. Telehealth has been the topic for systematic reviews on diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure, but a systematic review on telehealth in correctional facilities health care is needed to understand the effect on this unique population. Telehealth in correctional facilities include: 

      • Accessibility of healthcare services 
      • Diagnostic accuracy and reliability 
      • Remote psychiatric consultations  
      • Acceptability to patients and clinicians 
      • Considerations of finance and efficiency
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      Virtual Care Platform

      Vidyo’s virtual care platform delivers unparalleled high-quality care to patients regardless of where they are. The platform powers consistent workflows for in-person and remote encounters, ubiquitous access to patient data and imaging, patient engagement across all service lines and full access to business intelligence that supports complex system management. 
      For health systems looking to increase efficiency and scalability of their direct to patient telehealth programs, VidyoHealth is the right choice. Its Direct to Patient offering capitalizes on Vidyo’s best of breed video communications platform fully embedded into workflows that make virtual care easy and efficient for patients and providers.

      Hybrid Cloud Expansion

      VirtualSitter is a remote observation system that can offer observers and wardens to monitor up to 16 people at one time. Telemedicine is the delivery of healthcare services using information and communication technologies for the exchange of information to diagnose, treat and prevent illness and injuries, and for the purposes of health research and health education. Virtual monitoring can be used for a myriad of reasons in correctional facilities, prisons and jails, which include: 

      • Prevent patient falls and injuries 
      • Safety and precautions amongst inmates  
      • Isolate inmates suffering from infectious diseases  
      • Unburden staff and improve staffing workflow 
      • Remotely observe inmates that are suffering from infectious diseases  
      • Improve nurse and security staff safety 

      VidyoHealth’s Correctional Facilities Telehealth Video Conferencing Solutions

      Optimize existing health IT
      Augment video visits with structured workflows that can stand alone or be fully integrated with your EHR 

      Faster time to Market
      Get started right away with minimal implementation time and all the functionality you need 

      Grow as You Go
      Designed to flexible scale as you grow with the option to enhance workflow configurability and complexity 

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      Vidyo Offers:

      • Collaboration  
      • EHR integration  
      • Medical Imaging  
      • Reporting and Analytics  
      • Scheduling 
      • Alerts and Notifications  
      • Languages and Interpretation  
      • Skills based routing and queueing  
      • Secure messaging  

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