SC prison agency seeks to improve inmate care, cut costs through telemedicine

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s prisons agency is taking a high-tech approach to inmate health care.

This week, the Department of Corrections and the Medical University of South Carolina are announcing a telemedicine partnership.

Using videoconferencing, doctors can examine inmates remotely. Officials say this saves on the costs of transporting inmates to hospitals and reduces possible security risks to physicians that come when inmates are taken out of prison.

The prison agency says its agreement with MUSC Health currently covers inmates in four prisons across the state and hopefully will expand.

Officials say their ability to provide the services is better now than in recent years due in part to many medical records being available electronically.

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