Sheriff's department rewarded for telemedicine use

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Medical Services Bureau was awarded a the "Global Telemedicine President's Award for Telemedicine Excellence" at a ceremony Thursday in Corona del Mar, Calif., according to SCV News. According to the article, the bureau was selected for the award based on its "ability to implement and sustain a successful telemedicine program that has improved the quality of care for its inmate population." The department is responsible for the health of 18,000 patients, and using telemedicine has lowered security risks in transporting inmates. In Colorado, a similar program was recently launched. It will include 19 correctional facilities throughout the state, with the goal of lowering the risk of prisoner escape while simultaneously saving money by not transporting such prisoners offsite, according to state officials.

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