Alabama county provides $9.4M for EHR system in detention facilities

November 24, 2014

The Board of Supervisors approved $9.4 million in appropriations for the implementation and maintenance of an EHR system in Riverside County, Alabama detention facilities. The board awarded a $5-million contract to Birmingham, Ala.-based NaphCare and set aside another $4.4 million in funds to support ongoing costs associated with the system over the next decade. The "sole source" agreement with NaphCare was authorized without competitive bids being sought. According to county officials, the NaphCare system will meet all federal healthcare guidelines and will offer authorized users the opportunity to access records from remote locations in determining appropriate treatment options. The system will be deployed in the county's five jails and two juvenile detention facilities. NaphCare's system is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2015.