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Franklin County inmates to receive healthcare through telemedicine

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 13:07:49-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Health care is quickly becoming out of reach for a lot of people. And for inmates, it can be even more complicated when you're serving time behind bars.

The Franklin County Jail is looking to change that by offering telemedicine, which is the ability for a person to receive a video call from a doctor to get the medical diagnosis they need.

"New technology will enable us as you saw to have a doctor on the screen who can be interacting with nurses here in the jail to diagnosis any type of problem," said Sheriff A.J. Smith.

It's estimated that a total of 76 percent of hospitals use use telemedicine throughout the U.S.