Implementing telemedicine in correctional facilities 2 an experiment in the late 1990s and an independent evaluation of the experiment determined that provid ing long distance health care to inmates is feasible through a system called telemedicine telemedicine uses telecommunications equipment that allows health. O the telehealth provider holds a license issued or is recognized by the state in which the originating site hospital is located o the originating site hospital has an internal review of the telehealth providers performance and provides this information to the distant site hospital. Telemedicine in corrections even though telemedicine does not require the physical presence of providers the shortage of doctors complicates finding enough physicians even those in urban areas who are willing to see a flow of inmates in the rural assessment center map above the areas in green are medically underserved utmb. In one study of hiv infected adults incarcerated at illinois department of corrections facilities 91 percent of telemedicine patients achieved complete suppression of the virus during the first . Telemedicine and telehealth have the potential to increase access to care improve quality of care and decrease costs overcoming 4 challenges in implementing telemedicine healthcares next frontier
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