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Using technology to manage health care in correctional settings

by Grant Johnson | Tina Norton | Jim Greer

Published on 1/12/2021
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In this episode, Grant Johnson, one of the executives responsible for managing state and local government strategy at Cerner, leads a conversation with Jim Greer, former health division director for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and Tina Norton, a nurse practitioner and senior solution advisor for Cerner who has a decade of experience in correctional health care settings. 

Notable quotes

“COVID-19 is spreading very quickly in prison systems across the country. With the electronic health record (EHR), we can tightly monitor the daily needs of patients. The integration of the EHR with the state public health agency and labs has really helped with staying on top of conditions that need to be reported.” – Jim Greer

“Communication between health care providers is essential. There are alot of different ways we're able to connect using health information exchanges, registries and even data point interoperability to make sure we're painting a clear clinical picture regardless of the venue of care." – Tina Norton

Tune in to hear Jim and Tina answer these questions:

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the correctional health landscape? (2:08)
  • What role do health care data technology companies, like Cerner, play in the corrections space? (3:35)
  • What are some key considerations for a prison department that’s evaluating electronic health record (EHR) vendors to help manage the care of its population? (5:25)
  • What’s the role of data and analytics in helping the corrections industry address health care reporting requirements? (8:40)
  • What EHR functionalities are most helpful to corrections agencies as they work to provide care to offenders and increase safety for the department and the clinicians? (11:24)
  • How does the EHR help a corrections agency connect the comprehensive picture of an offender’s entire medical history – not just the care they receive during incarceration? (14:00)

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