Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is responsible for providing medical care in the western portion of Texas to inmates in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
|In 1994, TTUHSC began delivering health services to inmates through telemedicine. Today, TTUHSC conducts more than 4,500 prison telemedicine consultations a year for the 32,000 inmates that are housed in the 23 prison units for which TTUHSC is contracted to provide medical care. Before the implementation of telemedicine, most of the inmates needing medical care were taken out of the prison to visit a specialist, hospital, or other facility. Each trip cost taxpayers between $200 and $1,000, depending on the location. With telemedicine, however, many of these trips have been eliminated, thus saving taxpayers thousands of dollars annually.
Correctional Telemedicine Uses:
Besides specialty care, TTUHSC provides extensive psychiatry and psychology services to inmates via telemedicine.