B. Identify information sources

Most justice/health information exchanges draw information from a combination of three basic data sources: correctional health systems, community health systems, and criminal justice systems. Once you have identified the data that exists in each of these systems and how the information is stored, you can explore solutions for transferring information from one system to another, and build connectivity. The following figure provides further information on these three core information sources.

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Click here for a definition of the information sources in the graphic above.

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Opportunities for Information Sharing to Enhance Health and Public Safety Outcomes

This report by the IJIS Institute and Urban Institute presents more than 30 user-case scenarios for information sharing between justice and health systems. It includes detailed “Information Exchange Synopses” where enhancing information sharing can improve public health and foster inter-agency collaboration. Each synopsis explains: (1) what will be achieved through information sharing; (2) the type of information needed; (3) the data source, or where the data are captured; (4) the parties that need to be involved; (5) how information will flow between parties; and (6) associated legal and technical challenges.