This article presents two case studies of jail healthcare systems and their connection to community care providers.
This paper discusses the role that jails often play as the primary source of health care for many individuals who cycle frequently in and out of their custody. However, the author notes that healthcare providers in jail rarely communicate with those in the community, leading to inefficient and inconsistent care. The passage of the ACA and HITECH Act mark an important step by the federal government in creating the technological infrastructure to enable reform. Using two illustrative case studies, Butler argues that though the introduction of electronic health records has improved this disparity, the success of these systems depends on the willingness of all stakeholders to collaborate and share information.