Inmate Medical Pilot
Dr. Mark Cervi, Dr. Gary Leonhardt, Sgt. Clinton Williams, Maj. Lawrence Whaley
After meeting with the Department of Adult Corrections staff at the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, it was agreed by both the DOC and GuardTracker personnel that a Pilot project should be the next step in the process for Inmate Medical records being transmitted from jails to prisons within North Carolina. This service is not currently being offered, so GuardTracker presented the outline of the Pilot to the CJIN Board on March 29, 2014. That presentation can be seen here.
Chairman Brinson introduced Dr. Mark Cervi and Dr. Leonhardt who provided the Board with how they automated the Pitt County Detention Center; sharing with the Board a PowerPoint on the GuardTracker Program. The PowerPoint included the following: a history of the program and of the reasons for the development of GuardTracker, Local Jail, State and Federal prison demographics, Inmate demographics/characteristics, Inmate health/behavioral issues, Fiscal impact(s), Correction Officer Profile, Arrest data, and the potential savings that GuardTracker could save the State. That presentation can be found here.
Pitt County Detention Center - GuardTracker Program
Maj. Lawrence Whaley, Sgt. Clinton Williams, Dr. Mark Cervi, Dr. Gary Leonhardt
Major Lawrence Whaley and Sgt. Clinton Williams of the Pitt County Detention Center gave a presentation to the CJIN Board. The presentation included a history of the program and why it was developed. GuardTracker tracks inmates within the Detention Center. Major Whaley and Sgt. Williams gave a demonstration of the program which included; the EXPO of GuardTracker which gives officers instant inmate information by placing symbols that are specific to the program for safety, medical, violence, diet, suicidal tendencies and others in order that at a glance officers can determine major conditions of a specific inmate as well as location and time confined, this system has allowed for a decrease in incidents, the system has the ability to track inmates medical issues and concerns to include psychiatric, the system has helped to reduce prison rapes, as well as incidents of violence between gangs inside the detention center, the system helps to prevent overcrowding, the system helps to protect the Corrections Officers, the system displays information on desktop monitors, laptops, tablets, hand-held devices and smart phones with internet access, provides health conditions and medications in encrypted format that is HIPAA compliant, allows for automated alerts of the special identifiers, allows for a proactive approach to safety and information sharing within the Detention Center, minimizes risks of errors, hospitalizations, potential deaths, and liability claims, the system is a sophisticated tool to monitor and manage offenders with real-time access to inmate data which increases the safety of correctional officers, the system saves Pitt County unnecessary emergency room visits that could be at a cost of $5,481 per visit, but the system allows for knowledge of separation of inmates with gang affiliations to remain in different parts of the Detention Center, reduces testing for medications and medical history and thus saving the county as much as $12, 732 per inmate, additionally a savings of $27,882 for an unknown seizure disorder of an inmate, additional savings of almost $21,000 for a diabetic inmate who was unable to disclose his condition, a quantified saving amount at county ($335,000), state($32-40 million) and regional level ($432 million), and several testimonials are included.
Click here to see the entire PowerPoint Presentation.