A. Outline your Objectives

At the outset, you will need to set clear objectives that explain what you hope to accomplish by sharing information. While these objectives may change as you discuss your ideas with others and adapt your plans to accommodate legal and practical considerations, developing an initial vision for information sharing will allow you to communicate your ideas and determine who needs to be involved in initial planning discussions. Moreover, it will lay the foundation for mapping out the legal requirements governing information transfer, drafting data-sharing agreements, and determining your technology needs.

Examples of objectives for justice-health information sharing:

  1. Improving continuity in provision of health services between community and justice settings;
  2. Informing outreach efforts for people who will become newly eligible for Medicaid and health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act;
  3. Reducing reliance on emergency room services by referring people leaving correctional facilities to community healthcare services such as health homes, and providing clinical information to inform their treatment;
  4. Providing information on health needs to the courts to identify potential candidates for treatment-based alternatives to incarceration;
  5. Ensuring timely access to essential medications for people entering jail or prison by linking correctional health providers to community healthcare networks.