Prison video link saves trips to hospital

Source: Argus Leader, March 24, 2014

South Dakota inmates have taken fewer trips to hospital emergency rooms under a system using video cameras to deliver health care inside prison walls. The arrangement has saved the corrections system “around $150,000 or so in transfer costs, so it’s a big deal to the state taxpayer,” said Dr. Don Kosiak, executive medical director for Avera e-care services. Video links connect four state prison clinics with Avera’s e-hub on the north side of Sioux Falls.