Prison Medical Records: A Source of Medical Discoveries? Or a Privacy Issue?

Michael Ono reports:

It sounds like something out of science fiction — doctors using a cache of prisoner health records to produce medical breakthroughs for the betterment of society.

But it’s not.

Medical researchers across the country are eager to sift through electronic health data in hope of finding future health benefits.

And in an effort to control rising health care costs in the federal prison system, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, in a 2010 audit, recommended a plan to maintain analytical health data on inmates.

And while there are privacy concerns, the hope is that the strategy that will improve prison health care.

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