State prison officials say it's time to convert the health records of Oregon inmates to an electronic system.
Prison health care officials told The Oregonian (http://is.gd/Onitvy ) newspaper that the paper files are inefficient, and patients are sometimes turned away because their charts are missing. With files spread across 14 prisons, it's also impossible for officials to search for trends that might improve inmate health.
The state also maintains the files of at least 40,000 former prisoners, and those records crowd the shelf space in a Salem warehouse.
Prison officials plan to pitch a $3 million plan to the governor's office this summer to transfer the files to a digital storehouse.