SC hopes telemedicine will improve inmate care and cut costs

From the Bee:

South Carolina’s prisons agency is taking a high-tech approach to inmate health care, a change officials say will both save money and cut down on potential security risks.

The Department of Corrections and the Medical University of South Carolina are announcing a telemedicine partnership this week. Using tools including videoconferencing, doctors at the Charleston hospital can examine inmates remotely, doing routine exams and even diagnosing illnesses from hundreds of miles away.

The partnership with MUSC Health, according to Corrections director Bryan Stirling, saves money in the costs of transporting inmates to hospitals, an effort that typically requires at least two officers, plus a driver. But, officials say, it also reduces possible security risks to physicians that come every time inmates are taken out of prison.

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