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Inmate Medicine: Telemedicine

Inmate Medicine: Telemedicine - Departments & Programs, UW Health, Telehealth

Focus

Communication technology can bring together an inmate and health provider in two distant locations using the internet. At UWHC, we currently provide a web camera and speaker phone that allow a "face-to-face" meeting between a patient at a correctional institution and a health provider at UW Hospital and Clinics. The technology has the capability of expanding to include medical exams and diagnostic tests over the internet.

To protect privacy, telemedicine uses a secure connection to transmit the video images and audio between the two sites.

Telemedicine and Department of Corrections

Since 2007 UW Health and the WI Department of Corrections (DOC) have been committed to using telemedicine for health visits where medically appropriate. Typically this applies to follow-up visits for established patients. The goal is to provide the same level of care while reducing the need to transport inmates to the hospital or the clinics and avoid the associated costs (security etc.).

Communication technology can bring together an inmate and health provider in two distant locations using the internet. At UWHC, we currently provide web camera and speaker phones that allow a "face-to-face" meeting between a patient at a correctional institution and a health provider at UW Hospital and Clinics. The technology has the capability of expanding to include medical exams and diagnostic tests over the internet.

To protect privacy, telemedicine uses a secure connection to transmit the video images and audio between the two sites.

The number of visits with DOC has more than doubled since the program started in 2007 and now connects UW Health to just over 30 Correctional facilities and Health Service Units.

Quick Facts:

Program Development and Benefits

Through enhanced communication and coordination, The Department of Corrections (DOC) and UWHC have worked to develop an improvement in the process for telemedicine visits. In addition both the DOC and UWHC have committed resources to expand and upgrade the program. The DOC expanded access by placing new video conferencing units in all their correctional institutions and correctional centers. UWHC expanded the program into more specialty clinics and made upgrades by setting each clinic up with its own computer-based video conferencing equipment. Both the DOC and UWHC continue to work on improvements in order to grow telemedicine.

Telemedicine Benefits for DOC and Inmates:

Telemedicine Benefits for UWHC:

Essentials For an Inmate Telemedicine Visit

To help set up and run a telemedicine visit, the following instructions and resources may be helpful to you:

Billing Telemedicine Visit: The letters "GT" need to be written in on the encounter form next to the health provider's visit type. This will ensure that the provider is paid at the telemedicine visit rate.

Implementing the Telemedicine Visit

Participating Correctional Institutions

Verifying Inmate Location: It's possible to call to inquire about the "Inmate Locator." To ask for the location of an inmate if you can't find them, and don't have time to pursue other means, please call: