SPOTLIGHT: Los Angeles County approves $17M for EMR in juvenile detention facilities

Plenty has been said about the potential for EMRs and telemedicine to improve the woeful state of care in America's prisons, but juvenile detention facilities often get left out of the discussion. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County supervisors approved $17 million in funding for an EMR system to manage the medical records of the more than 1,500 youngsters being held in county juvenile camps and halls. The EMR is intended to improve record keeping in the county's Probation Department, which federal authorities have cited multiple times in recent years for keeping inadequate medical records on youths in custody. FierceEMR

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