In response to reader commentary on the Health IT Strategist reader poll: "Should the secretary of HHS use the authority granted to her/him under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to use public funds to develop an electronic health-record system appropriate for public health clinic providers?":
I agree with Rebecca Kush that public health clinics should be federally funded, as should county jail electronic health records.
But let's not forget telemedicine as a method of quality care. Telemedical capabilities in prisons and other settings offer the prospect of expanding access to healthcare providers. Information about persons who need treatment and/or diagnostic services can be transmitted rapidly to physicians or other healthcare providers located in other parts of the world.