Implementation of Health Information Exchange at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex: Lessons Learned

Alyssa Hinchman, Sara Hodges, James Backus, Terri Warholak

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Successful transition of patients between health care entities is difficult. Historically, the process of transitioning individuals through the corrections system with regard to health care was made even more challenging by the limitation of paper records. Recently, the advent of electronic medical records has improved health care nationwide. The use of health information exchange (HIE) systems in areas such as emergency medicine has also impacted patient outcomes. To date, this technology has not been used in the corrections system. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 12 correctional health care professionals, corrections staff, and public health entities to evaluate the novel implementation of HIE at a local correctional facility. This article describes the challenges and successes that occurred during the implementation and their implications for successful implementations in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-196
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • correctional health care
  • health information exchange
  • transitions of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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