Report 2009-107.1 Recommendation 12 Responses

Report 2009-107.1: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: It Fails to Track and Use Data That Would Allow It to More Effectively Monitor and Manage Its Operations (Release Date: September 2009)

Recommendation #12 To: Correctional Health Care Services, California

To increase the use of the telemedicine system, Health Care Services should continue to move forward on its initiative to expand the use of telemedicine in Corrections' institutions.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From December 2010

Office of Telemedicine Services (OTS) has completed the "Phase II Expansion of Telemedicine Encounters" at five institutions. Informed by the "Six Institution Initiative" in Phase I, this Phase II Expansion facilitates telemedicine services at five institutions. Site visits and training by nurses have increased at institutions for telemedicine readiness. A plan to actively monitor institutions in a more structured way is adopted to provide avenues to resolve barriers more proactively. OTS has implemented the default of five specialties including: nephrology, cardiology, endocrinology, dermatology, and orthopedics. (See 2010-041, p. 100)

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2009-107.1

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.