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  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    IN: Kerala: Centre for e-governance

    More jobs in State IT sector planned

    The government will ensure that all the IT professionals in Kerala are provided employment opportunities within the State, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

    Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the centre for e- governance, the headquarters of the Kerala State IT Mission, he said IT professionals in Kerala would not have to seek jobs elsewhere. “The government has taken up several programmes to offset the setbacks in the past. The spirited response to the start up movement is a case in point,” he said. Mr.Chandy said the development of Technopark, Technocity, SmartCity and Infopark would help Kerala leapfrog into the big league.

  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    IN: Turning Indraprastha Estate into a smart governance hub

    The Delhi government has chalked out a plan to turn the Indraprastha Estate area into a "smart city hub". The project is aimed at integrating key offices and installations in and around ITO besides creating an environment-friendly landscape.

    The buildings chosen for this plan include Vikas Bhavan, Indraprastha and Rajghat power plants as well as the DTC bus depot near the IP Metro station. Delhi State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) has prepared a project document according to which, the smart city hub will have offices, a media centre and manicured greens with walkways. The existing buildings will be revamped and retrofitted. E-governance will be a key focus area.

  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    US: Smart911 to Speed Emergency Response in Honolulu

    Honolulu is adopting Smart911, which allows first responders to get crucial details on any emergency situation.

    The Honolulu Police Department plans to launch a program that would provide first responders with medical, health and other information on callers to help improve response times.

    Smart911 allows residents to create a free online profile and input medical and health information, address, emergency contacts and other details. The information, which is registered to a phone number, will appear to dispatchers when a 911 call is made and can help first responders more quickly find the location of an emergency.

  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    IN: Kerala: Kozhikode hopes to be on list of aspiring Smart Cities

    Mayor says Kochi chosen out of political compulsion

    Although Kozhikode lost the Smart City Project to Kochi, the civic body can still hope to get into the list of aspiring Smart Cities in the country.

    At present, the State has been allotted just one city among the total number of 100 Smart Cities distributed among the States and Union Territories in the country on the basis of an equitable criteria. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has clarified that the list, especially the first 20 priority cities, will be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 1.

  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    US: 3 Benefits of Telehealth Kiosks for Health Systems, Employers & Retailers

    Telehealth kiosks are rapidly becoming a key part of national employer healthcare programs, retail healthcare, and health system outreach strategies, according to telehealth provider American Well. In fact, consultancy IHS projects the U.S. market for healthcare kiosks will rise from roughly 10,000 kiosks in 2015 to over 36,000 annually by 2020[i].

    With American Well’s telehealth kiosks – the industry’s only kiosks that offer walk-in, unscheduled visits – patients anywhere can get immediate access to a U.S. board certified physician, dietitian, or behavioral health counselor. Kiosks save employers tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars when compared with the cost of offering brick-and-mortar onsite clinics. And kiosks give employees more convenient, onsite access to healthcare when they need it.

  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    US: Telemedicine enters the 2016 US presidential primaries

    During a campaign stop in Iowa this week, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton touted the importance of telemedicine, Politico reported this morning. The entire speech is available from Clinton’s campaign, but here’s the relevant passage:

    “And we also need to do better on health care. Decades ago, I led a commission on rural health in Arkansas that worked on increasing access in remote parts of the state,” she said. “Today, our health care system has changed dramatically, but it’s still too difficult for families in rural America to find quality, affordable health care. And I know many families here in Iowa are worried about even more rural hospitals closing. Telemedicine can help  — and we should streamline licensing and explore how to make that reimbursable under Medicare. Here in Iowa, you just won an important victory, stopping efforts to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing telemedicine services to women who might not be able to make it to a larger city. Thousands of women in Iowa have used these services in recent years. This shouldn’t have to be said, but how can anyone be advocating for denying women access to healthcare?”

  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    KE: Government Launches Biometric Listing for Medical Scheme

    The government has launched a biometric registration exercise for members of the civil services and disciplined services medical scheme.

    In the scheme which will also include their eligible dependants, all of them will be able to benefit from air rescue services, which was formally a preserve of the disciplined services.

  • Fr
    Sep
    04
    2015
    TZ: Non-citizens, multiple ‘voters’ given 7 days to return cards

    THE National Electoral Commission (NEC) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to non-citizens and people who registered more than once in the Permanent Voter Register (PVR) to turn up and surrender the voter cards or risk prosecution.

    In a related development, the electoral body has handed over to the police force a list of 52,078 people with multiple registrations in the PVR through the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR).

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    US: Texas Vehicle Registration Renewal Online Still Available with Two Steps, One Sticker Program

    Texans are encouraged to renew their vehicle registration at Texas.gov

    Texas.gov and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) are reminding all Texans that the online option for renewing a vehicle registration is still available. With the launch of the new Two Steps, One Sticker program on March 1, 2015, vehicles must first pass an inspection. When ready, Texans can head directly to Texas.gov/Driver (www.texas.gov/driver) to complete their renewal.

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    IN: Single window platform for education loans, scholarships

    Vidyalakshmi.co.in has all the information about which bank has the best education loan options

    Are you a student looking to take an education loan and wondering which bank has the best option? Would you also like information about the several national scholarships available? Then you can log onto Vidyalakshmi.co.in, the web-based portal jointly launched by the Department of Financial Services, (Ministry of Finance), Department of Higher Education (Ministry of Human Resource Development) and Indian Banks' Association (IBA). The portal has been developed and being maintained by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited.

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    US: 6 legal imperatives to designing an mHealth solution

    With mHealth apps and wearables slowly gaining favor in healthcare provider circles, it's important to remember that these solutions not only have to appeal to doctors and their patients, but pass legal muster as well.

    Writing in Inside Counsel Magazine, Krysti Wolff, a special counsel with the Washington, D.C. office of Kelley Drye, offers six guidelines for developers and healthcare providers looking to market a new app or device:

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    AE: Citizens urged to renew passports electronically

    Service available via Interior Ministry mobile application

    UAE citizens and families are being urged to avail of the electronic services available via the Ministry of Interior’s smart application, UAE-MOI, to renew their passports electronically.

    The services conveniently allow customers to complete their transactions without needing to visit the service centres, excluding special cases that require the customer to be present. The smart application is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry operating systems.

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    Alcatel-Lucent pushes for data revolution in Africa

    Access to the internet via the mobile phone, the rollout of ultra-broadband services and increased capacity to facilitate the digitalisation of businesses top the list of the continent's connectivity requirements says Alcatel-Lucent.

    The French telecommunications firm is currently working with service providers in the Ivory Coast and Tanzania to expand connectivity leveraging LTE network deployment.

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    Botswana outs regional ICT hub ambitions

    Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Dr Coach Kereteletswe said Wednesday that it is still the Botswana government’s ambition to establish the country as a regional ICT hub for technology facilitated services. Speaking at the ICT conference, Kereteletswe said "our vision still remains of a Botswana where lasting impact on the social, cultural, financial and political activities of our people are created through exploiting the power of technology".

    He said Botswana aspired to leverage technology to preserve her democracy by exposing citizens to information that will help them make informed decisions.

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    SL: Natcom all set for ‘Big Data’ & Ebola International Meet

    Sierra Leone's National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) is now all set for a two days Regional Ministerial Consultative Conference on Ebola slated to commence tomorrow 26 August 2015, at the Bintumani International Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Freetown. The conference is co-organized by the Government of Sierra Leone and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in consultation with the Governments of Liberia and Guinea. His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, will officially launch the event which will receive in audience, Ministers of Information and Communications; Ministers of Health from over 20 countries; National Regulatory Authorities of the Telecom Sector in West Africa & beyond, UN Agencies, NERC, International NGOs, MDAs, Telcos, Facebook executives and more.

  • Do
    Sep
    03
    2015
    SA: New expat IDs tough to forge

    The new identity cards for expats that will replace the current iqamas (residence permits) will be impossible to forge, according to the assistant director general of the Passports Department (Jawazat).

    The news IDs will be issued starting next year.

    The ID cards will be electronically issued and renewed through the e-services of Abshir or Muqeem after every five years, Col. Khaled Bin Hamad Al-Saikhan told local daily Al-Madina on Wednesday.

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    Azerbaijan introduces its IT solutions to Afghanistan

    Azerbaijani IT company will help Afghanistan in creating an addressing system of Kabul.

    SINAM Company has presented technical advice on the project of creating an addressing system of Kabul to the public authority in Afghanistan, the company reported.

    Technical recommendations prepared by the company have been approved by the Municipality of Kabul that introduced them to the higher authorities.

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    SL: 'ICT Key to Boosting Economy in Post-Ebola Recovery'

    Information and communications technology is one of the important ways to boost the country's economy during the post-Ebola recovery, says Antonio Caramba-Coker, member of Growth Access Solution.

    She was speaking during a Private Sector Resilience, Recovery and Resurgence workshop hosted at the Sierra Lighthouse Hotel, Aberdeen in Freetown last week. She noted that efficient and effective delivery of government services through e-Government initiatives could potently benefit business and reduce costs.

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    700 MHz spectrum can power mobile broadband in Latin America

    Investment in the 700 MHz spectrum is one of the most appropriate options to accelerate adoption of mobile broadband services in Latin America, said 4G Americas.

    The 700 MHz band will be cleared as a result of the migration from analog to digital television in the Latin America region. The band is suitable for providing wireless service coverage in rural areas and offers better signal coverage than higher band spectrum for inside buildings and homes.

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    IN: Uttar Pradesh: Meerut gets its first e-governance cell

    District Meerut got its first ever e-governance cell on Tuesday, with magistrate Pankaj Yadav inviting no VIP, but an ordinary 75-year-old woman to inaugurate it at the collectorate. The cell will provide information about government schemes to people, apart from addressing their day-to-day grievances.

    This is the first step towards paperless governance, the DM said. "Officials in all government departments have been given training so that they can smoothly carry out public work like issuing caste certificates. At 25 locations in the district, 80 computers attached with printers and other devices are installed for providing quick services to the common man."

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    IN: Karnataka e-Governance department's app to aid police in crime scene probe

    When an explosive killed a woman on Church Street in December 2014, the police were all at sea. People were all over the blast site, potentially contaminating the evidence.

    Forensic carelessness at a crime scene often happens because the police - especially beat constables who typically are the first to reach - aren't always clued in on how to react in different situations or are overwhelmed. The police department is now set to launch a mobile application, a first of its kind, to help the police follow a standard operating procedure (SOP) at a crime scene, minimising human error.

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    ZA: EFF thinks e-governance a bit sneak-e

    A war of words ensued yesterday when the ANC in the Gauteng legislature proposed to change the department of finance's function and name to "e-governance".

    Finance MEC Barbara Creecy defended the change and said it was proposed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

    She said: "At the end of the day it is the premier who decides.

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    IN: Delhi: Cabinet nod to e-office project in 15 departments

    In a first, the Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal approved the implementation of e-office project in all the city government’s departments as well as autonomous bodies in a time-bound manner.

    Officials said that in the first phase, the scheme will be implemented in 15 departments of the government, which will go paperless from December 1 this year. The move, according to the officials, will not only let go of the dependence on paper-based governance system but will also provide time-bound and effective services to the public.

  • Mi
    Sep
    02
    2015
    IN: Delhi government to go 'paperless', okays e-office plan

    Delhi government is all set to go "paperless" as the state Cabinet today gave its approval for implementing the e-office system in every department in what has been claimed would be a first in the country.

    According to a senior official, 15 departments are to be covered in the first phase of the plan, which would see Delhi become the first state in the country to totally embrace the e-office concept

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    US: Data Analytics Drives Cities to Re-Think How They Protect Health, Safety

    Empowered consumers and data analytics are driving cities to re-think how they protect health and safety.

    In cities around the country, we're seeing the beginning of fundamental change in how governments discharge their regulatory responsibilities. In some cases, this is driven by technology as app-empowered consumers evolve from passive captives of regulated services into an active force for change. In other cases, the changes are originating from within governments as they look for more efficient ways to regulate health and safety.

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    US: Grand Rapids, Michigan, Deploys a 311 System to Emulate

    The new system has transformed and vastly improved customer service in the city.

    Grand Rapids, Mich., announced it officially completed phase two of full implementation of the city’s 311 customer service system, Grand Rapids 311 (GR311). The project is now being used to assist customers with nearly all city services, including setting up new refuse and recycling services, water/sewer services, voter registration, property tax information, and city electrical permit and inspection updates.

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    Daily UAE weather forecasts now on YouTube

    The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology has officially launched its YouTube channel “UAE Weather” specialising in broadcasting weather bulletins and programmes with the aim to reach a wider audience.

    The YouTube channel is the first regional meteorology channel providing daily weather forecasts and weekly programmes in Arabic.

    The bulletins, which range between three and five minutes, cover the weather broadcast in detail, relaying reports on temperature, humidity, ocean conditions and more.

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    IN: A lot more can be achieved on e-governance front

    The recent launch of Digital India programme by the Prime Minister of India has brought back the focus on the progress of e-governance projects in India.

    The recent launch of Digital India programme by the Prime Minister of India has brought back the focus on the progress of e-governance projects in India. While all the three tiers of government (Centre, State & Local) have been using information technology for over three decades, e-governance, as a structured programme, was launched about 10 years back in the form of National e-Governance Plan (NeGP). In simple terms, the main objective of NeGP was to improve delivery of government services to common man by leveraging technology. It was envisaged that as a first step, the enabling IT infrastructure in the form of State Wide Area Networks (SWANs), State Data Centres (SDCs), Common Service Centres (CSCs) etc. shall be strengthened in every State/Union Territory. On the back of supporting infrastructure, several e-governance projects were proposed to be launched in “Mission Mode” to enable efficient electronic delivery of G2C, G2B and G2B services (such as issue of birth & death certificates, filing of tax returns, filing of FIRs, passport services, filing of statutory documents by business entities etc).

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    IN: eGovWatch: Data at your fingertips

    India’s Open Government Data Platform helps in sharing of the data generated by various government departments and institutions for public good

    Let us say that you are looking for three sets of data—complete village directory of Uttar Pradesh, list of e-governance centres or community service centres (CSC) in Bihar and penetration of telephone connections across different states in the country. How will you go about finding these data? In an ideal situation, you will try to source these data from the respective State government departments and the Central government. But India’s ‘Open Government Data Platform’ through its web portal data.gov.in gets these three sets of distinct data at one platform for you.

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    AU: Telstra bets on e-health to become billion dollar business

    Telstra has launched its rapidly growing eHealth division into Asia, winning two key contracts worth tens of millions of dollars in Thailand and Malaysia.

    Telstra Health is one of the company's key hopes for growing profits as the national broadband network erodes its earnings and rising mobile service competition from Optus and Vodafone Australia threaten to hurt revenue.

    The latest deals signal a bold new push for the telco and forms a new plank of its strategy to extract billions of dollars from Asia's increasingly affluent middle class.

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    US: Understanding Your Electronic Medical Records

    The pros, the cons and the future of EMRs.

    The days when doctors riffled through a folder bulging with papers to find crucial information about a patient's medical history are disappearing.

    Today, health care providers at many physician practices, hospitals and health systems across America rely on electronic medical records that give the medical team, patients and their family members easy access to the same critical data.

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    US: Putting the 'real' in real-time communications

    There aren't a lot of physicians living in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and even fewer specialists. So when Richard Armstrong, MD, has a tough question, he jumps online, logs into his SERMO account, and connects with a network of physicians around the world in a manner of minutes.

    "It's like having direct specialty consultants with me 24 hours a day," the Newberry, Mich.-based general surgeon says, noting he'd much rather use his laptop or smartphone to consult with a dermatologist in the network than have his patient "drive a couple hundred miles" to see one in person.

  • Di
    Sep
    01
    2015
    IfG.CC - Dokumentation von Arbeitsabläufen leicht gemacht – Geschäftsprozessmanagement in der öffentlichen Verwaltung: Einladung zu einem Workshop in Potsdam und Hannover

    Der demographische Wandel stellt die öffentliche Verwaltung vor enorme Herausforderungen:

    • Wie können mit immer weniger Personal die anfallenden Aufgaben in besserer Qualität bewältigt werden?
    • Wie können steigende Anforderungen an die Qualität der Arbeit durch Optimierung und Automatisierung von Abläufen aufgefangen und abgemildert werden?
    • Wie kann das Fachwissen und die langjährige Erfahrung ausscheidender Mitarbeiter bei der Aufgabenbearbeitung erhalten und neuen Mitarbeitern zur Verfügung gestellt werden?

  • Mo
    Aug
    31
    2015
    IN: Govt to set up national fingerprint database of criminals

    The database will lead to faster identification of offenders and expediting ongoing investigations

    A national fingerprints database of nearly three million convicts and arrested criminals will soon be created by the government for speedy identification of offenders and expediting ongoing investigations.

    The database of convicts and crime offenders will be set up by the home ministry by collating records from all the states and union territories.

  • Mo
    Aug
    31
    2015
    IN: Aadhaar protects individual rights and privacy, prevents impersonation

    The biggest dilemma the common man faces today in India is that the person does not have a proof of identity. A person has to periodically prove his / her identity for claiming his / her rights from the government. The person is harassed by the corrupt who siphon off his / her benefits without his / her knowledge.

    More than half of the subsidies (lakhs of crores) do not reach the intended beneficiary. The ration does not reach the poor because someone else claims it on their behalf; the subsidies too are leaked out by middlemen. Impersonation is the single most reason for this malady which can only be countered by providing an online platform that can establish one’s identity accurately. Protecting the identity of every resident against impersonation is of paramount importance for disbursing social benefits to the residents.

  • Mo
    Aug
    31
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Aadhaar to monitor property transactions

    The stamps and registration department has come on board Aadhaar, which it hopes will go a long way in curbing fraudulent property transactions. Henceforth, Aadhaar authentication services will be offered by Centre for e-Governance, Karnataka, which is in charge of the enrolment process. This will be done in coordination with custodian of the data, Central Identities Data Repository. Since Aadhaar authentication works on biometrics (including thumb impression), a mandatory process during the time of registration (only thumb impression), its validation will show up discrepancy and impersonation, hence eliminate dubious transactions. However, this authentication can happen only in case of customers who are Aadhaar holders.

  • Mo
    Aug
    31
    2015
    IN: Odisha to spend 2% of Plan Budget on e-governance

    Sources said, the total spending by the government departments for providing public services on electronic platform would be around Rs 800 crore annually

    The Odisha government has made a resolution to spend two per cent of the Annual Plan budget of various departments for providing services to the citizens on the electronic platform.

  • Mo
    Aug
    31
    2015
    ID: E-government, e-participation, and citizens’ mobilization

    As scholars conducting research on e-participation, with quite extensive experience in government administration, we were intrigued by Muhammad Fajar’s article in this newspaper on Aug. 4. In the article titled “e-Participation and democracy” he cited lapor.go.id and the latest program laporpresiden.org, to argue that e-government initiatives may lead to demobilization of people in the democratic process. Yet the ability of e-participation to mobilize or demobilize citizens can be very subjective, mostly attributable due to the following three main reasons.

    First, e-government, in general, is not meant to be a direct support for democratic practices. E-government is just one method to achieve better governance. While democracy is only one of the final outcomes expected, it is not always necessarily the case. Therefore, judging the success level of e-Government practices by using the measurement of democracy can be misleading. Furthermore, e-participation cannot be viewed as representative of the whole e-government system. In fact, it is just a part of e-government, using the electronic version of ordinary participation practice that is mainly supported by the Internet.

  • Mo
    Aug
    31
    2015
    NG: Korea To Train Nigerian Officials On e-Govt In 2016

    The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), said it would start the second phase of its capacity building on e-government for Nigerian officials in January 2016.

    Project Manager, e-government Master Plan, Mr Kuk Hwan Jeong, said this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja, recently.

    Jeong, who spoke on the side line of an evaluation workshop on the pilot phase of the e-government capacity building training, said 112 government officials were trained during its pilot phase.

  • Mo
    Aug
    31
    2015
    RW: Tigo Cash first in line to accept e-Goverment payments through Irembo

    Tigo Rwanda has announced its partnership with Rwanda Online Platform Ltd (ROPL) for e-Government service payments via the Irembo.gov.rw e-government portal.

    As part of this structure and in collaboration with ROPL, the Irembo.rw platform is the single “one-stop-shop” for Government Services applications, support and payment.

  • So
    Aug
    30
    2015
    IN: Maharashtra government to examine cost disparity in smart city plans

    The urban development department led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has stepped in to find out why there is a massive cost difference between the city and Pune for the preparation of the smart city concept plan. The estimated cost for Pune is Rs 2 crore, while for the city it is Rs 47 lakh.

    "August 31 is the last date for finalizing the smart city concept plan," urban development secretary Manisha Mhaiskar said. "Once the exercise is over, we will examine the row over the massive cost difference."

  • So
    Aug
    30
    2015
    ID: Digital solutions sought to create good governance

    The government has invited hundreds of IT specialists from across the country to develop digital solutions to enable more efficient and transparent governance.

    As part of an ongoing effort to realize President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s campaign promise of implementing e-governance, the Office of the Presidential Staff (KSP) is hosting the country’s first ever nationwide “hackathon” with the aim of crowdsourcing digital application concepts that will assist in the gathering of accurate data that could serve as a foundation for more effective policies.

  • So
    Aug
    30
    2015
    IN: Get Free SMS Alerts From Delhi Traffic Police To Avoid Road Congestion

    Commuters in Delhi often face the problem of traffic congestion due to political rallies or road blocks, religious processions, accidents and strikes that are common in the nation's capital. To address the issue, Delhi Traffic Police has introduced a free SMS alert service that lets subscribers get information about city's traffic situation and updates about road diversion in accordance with congestion points. Those who wish to avail this service need to send a SMS by writing ‘S DTP Name’ to 9811452220, the official number. It has been declared that those who send this SMS will be registered within 24 hours and start receiving the traffic updates in Delhi on their mobile phone. If at any point of time, you wish to unsubscribe, just send a SMS writing 'S REM' to the same number.

  • So
    Aug
    30
    2015
    Potential of Global Telemedicine Market: Current Developments and Expected Advancements

    A host of market trends are driving the global telemedicine technologies market. These include the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, rising digitalization, and increasing demand for enhanced patient care facilities. Driven by these factors, the global telemedicine technologies market is expected to demonstrate good growth in the coming years. Furthermore, the global telemedicine market is still at its developing stage, and has not tapped into many rural areas of the world. This presents good growth prospects for the market.

    Telemedicine is known by many names, such as telehealth, e-medicine, and e-health. Telemedicine technology deploys technology to deliver health information, health care, or health education remotely. With growing digitalization and smartphone adoption, telemedicine technologies have become popular in several developed regions of the world. The convenience offered by telemedicine or telehealth continues to be the primary factor fueling the demand for these services.

  • So
    Aug
    30
    2015
    US: New Hampshire: North Country patients benefit from DHMC Telehealth

    For kidney patients in the North Country, their nephrologist may be 100 miles away in Lebanon, but with the help of some new technology, their appointment with him doesn't have to be.

    In March, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in conjunction with its Nephrology and Hypertension section and the D-H Center for Telehealth, launched a chronic kidney disease program. Kidney patients can go to Lancaster where they are seen by a nephrologist in Lebanon via built-in camera and monitor on a telemedicine cart.

  • So
    Aug
    30
    2015
    US: Pennsylvania: W.Pa. physicians expand reach via video in telemedicine

    Categorized as high-risk in her recent pregnancy, Nicole Fillinger had a tough decision to make — travel monthly from her West Virginia home to Pittsburgh for specialty care, or drive eight miles to Steubenville, Ohio, and connect with the same doctors via video.

    She chose the virtual consultation and quickly cast aside her concerns after her first session with a doctor from Magee-Womens Hospital. Through a video connection, Fillinger and her doctor reviewed her blood pressure readings, medications, blood work and ultrasound results.

  • Sa
    Aug
    29
    2015
    US: Mobile Health Devices and Cybersecurity: Federal Guidance for Management of Threats in Medical Devices

    New Technology = New Threats

    With new technology comes new security concerns. But when that new technology is in the medical field, the cybersecurity vulnerabilities can be particularly devastating.

    The Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating two dozen medical devices and other pieces of health technology equipment for potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. In the wake of two computer bugs that infiltrated and wreaked havoc on hospital computer systems around the country, Shellshock and Heartbleed, the health care community is especially sensitive to cybersecurity breaches and the vast amount of financial and reputational damage such breaches can cause.

  • Sa
    Aug
    29
    2015
    US: Physician Telemedicine Services Could Grow with New Policies

    Physician telemedicine services are continuing to grow in use across the healthcare industry, as doctors are using the technologies to communicate with specialists and consults from other facilities as well as tracking their patients’ health through videoconferencing and remote monitoring tools.

    The number of patients and caregivers using video consultations and other physician telemedicine services is going to grow significantly throughout the next several years, the Journal of AHIMA reports. A Parks Associates report predicts that the number of families using physician telemedicine services will rise from 900,000 in 2013 to as much as 22.6 million families by 2018.

  • Sa
    Aug
    29
    2015
    TT: New Smart Card to weed out fraud

    Cabinet has already approved an electronic system to follow the Biometric Smart Card which will monitor recipients of all social grants, case by case.

    If Minister of the People and Social Development Christine Newallo-Hosein gets a second term in government, this system will be put in place soon after.

    Newallo-Hosein made the statement on Thursday when asked to elaborate on the decommissioning of 4,000 people from the food card (Targeted Conditional Cash Transfer Programme) programme because of fraudulent activities.

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    29
    2015
    IN: Chandigarh: Soon, make online payment for duplicate RCs, other documents in Panchkula

    Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray said that the administration was providing a large number of e-services and soon new facilities would be added.

    Residents will soon be able to make online payment of fee for duplicate registration certificates, licence and other documents. The initiative was taken by the Departmental Innovation Programme, which is planning to provide various facilities under one roof to the residents.

    Deputy Commissioner Vivek Atray said that the administration was providing a large number of e-services and soon new facilities would be added.

  • Sa
    Aug
    29
    2015
    ZW: Govt affirms commitment to develop ICT sector

    Government has affirmed its commitment to develop the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector despite the national security risks associated with use of the Internet.

    In a speech read on his behalf during a Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe chapter- organised civil society Internet governance conference in Harare yesterday, ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira said stakeholders should fully utilise enormous opportunities created by the Internet.

  • Fr
    Aug
    28
    2015
    GB: The 10 worst ever government IT projects

    When people think of a government IT project, the first thing that comes to mind is a kitchen sink with millions of pounds pouring out of it (just to clarify, that the money goes straight down the drain). And while many would be excused for thinking that government IT projects are a relatively new phenomenon, this isn't quite the case.

    The first - or at least one of the first, government IT projects was picked up by Charles Babbage back in 1822. He proposed the idea of using J.H. Muller's concept of ‘a difference machine' to the Royal Astronomical Society. The UK government took interest in this in order to make processes more efficient.

  • Fr
    Aug
    28
    2015
    UG: 'Government Wary of ICT Dangers'

    Despite the abundant opportunities the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector presents, it poses serious challenges, especially in the way people relate to each other, Trade minister Amelia Kyambadde has said.

    Although she did not suggest the way forward, she said something must be done to stop the havoc ICT is inflicting on the way people relate to each other.

  • Fr
    Aug
    28
    2015
    IN: CCI to enable e-filing soon

    Competition Commission of India is set to enable e-filing of documents from 1 October 2015, its Chairman Ashok Chawla said on Friday.

    “The challenge of technology is something that the CCI was dealing with given the architecture of the Competition law; from aspects of e-governance (such as e-filing) to the growth of e-commerce, which has brought in a new set of challenges: whether norms of the CCI which were created for ‘brick and mortar’ should be applicable to ‘click and mortar’,” he said in a statement.

  • Fr
    Aug
    28
    2015
    IN: Web-based portal for education loans launched

    As per the finance ministry statement, this new website would relive you of taking all pains of visiting different banks for loans.

    The portal gives information about educational loan schemes of banks and has a common educational loan application form for students.

  • Fr
    Aug
    28
    2015
    Africa: M-health enables efficient healthcare

    The biggest tech trend in Africa, and the one that is making the biggest impact on the everyday lives of people, is the rise of smartphones and feature phones. Africa has seen the fastest uptake of mobiles in the world and mobile subscribers are set to hit half a billion in the next five years, according to the GSMA, says Ahmed Simjee, executive smarter Planet, IBM, South Africa.

    This statistic supports the fact that mobile technology is and will continue to be the most powerful communications platform in Africa. Driven by cheaper mobile devices and continued innovation in the mobile space, mobile technology has the power to and will transform the delivery of healthcare service into Africa.

  • Fr
    Aug
    28
    2015
    US: EHR satisfaction jumps, thanks to mHealth, connectivity tools

    Large physician practices are starting to come around to the EHR, thanks to vendors' efforts to upgrade the platform with patient engagement, interoperability and population health tools, among other capabilities.

    According to Black Book, which has surveyed provider attitudes toward EHRs for the past six years, 71 percent of physicians employed in practices of 25 or more doctors say they're happy with the advancements made by their EHR vendors to upgrade the platform. That's a far cry from the 92 percent in 2013 who were "very dissatisfied" with their EHRs.

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    Aug
    27
    2015
    Australia to capture biometrics at the border under new law

    Criminals getting in without Australia knowing about their convictions

    Australia's Parliament has passed a law that will make it possible to collect biometric data, from citizens and visitors alike, at the nation's borders.

    The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015, an amendment to the Migration Act of 1958, is explained as an effort to “streamline seven existing personal identifier collection powers into a broad, discretionary power to collect one or more personal identifiers from non-citizens, and citizens at the border.”

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    Aug
    27
    2015
    68% of Nigerian population not online – ICT Experts

    Information Technology experts have revealed that 68% of Nigeria’s population is currently still not connected to the Internet.

    The statistics was made public, on Tuesday, August 18 at the launch of Androidone held at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

    MTN’s CEO, Mr. Michael Ikpoki, while launching the first of its kind collaboration between the telecom company, Infinix, Google, and online sale outlet, Jumia, said Nigeria, was yet to fully tap into the benefits offered by getting connected to the Internet.

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    Aug
    27
    2015
    Egypt would benefit from cutting Internet costs: study

    Reducing Internet prices could ensure an increase in the number of customers served to over 50 percent of the population by the end of 2016, a human rights advocacy group has said in a recent study.

    “If Internet prices are cut, infrastructure and coverage are expanded and Internet laws and regulations are modernized ... Businesses, especially SMEs and entrepreneurs, (will) conduct more online commercial activities (e.g. online export), resulting in increased economic activity,“ said a study by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR).

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    Aug
    27
    2015
    VN to boost IT application in gov't

    Viet Nam's Government is set to release a resolution this month aimed at boosting the use of e-Government programmes.

    The target is for the country to break into the UN E-Government Readiness Index (EDGI)'s top four in ASEAN by 2016, and the top three by 2017, reported Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper.

    The resolution aims to boost the development of e-government and enhance the quality and efficiency of state agencies to better serve the public and enterprises.

  • Do
    Aug
    27
    2015
    IN: Odisha: GIS-based Data to Speed up Planning

    Collation of spatial (longitudinal and latitudinal) data and remote sensing would play a key role in development of mineral-rich and agriculture-based States. Resources such as minerals, land and water bodies can be identified at ease through global information system (GIS) mapping, said Chief Executive of Odisha Space Application Centre (OSRAC) Sandeep Tripathy.

    Speaking on the significance of Odisha State Data Policy here on Monday, Tripathy said GIS-based information will speed up planning and decision making process. It would also prevent duplication of assets on records. After implementation of the policy, the State would have digitised information on its wastelands, forests, water bodies and mineral bearing areas, he added.

  • Do
    Aug
    27
    2015
    US: How Telehealth Implementation Policies Vary Across the States

    Telehealth implementation policies differ in the wide array of states across the nation depending upon each individual region’s laws. Legislation such as telemedicine payment parity laws and telehealth implementation policies differ in each state while every year brings more rulings and modifications for technology and medical device adoption throughout the healthcare industry.

    Some of the key aspects of telehealth implementation policies that states have adopted include deciding on definitions, reimbursement regulations, and physician licensing requirements, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy’s report called State Telehealth Laws and Medicaid Program Policies. For example, there are differences between how certain states define telemedicine versus telehealth.

  • Do
    Aug
    27
    2015
    US: New Jersey: Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake look into shared services

    Hillsdale and Woodcliff Lake are studying the benefits of merging or sharing services between their public works departments.

    The municipalities have each authorized LKM Consulting LLC of Morristown to conduct a feasibility study that will take a "holistic view" of the two DPWs to see if there are opportunities to combine or share services, Woodcliff Lake Mayor Jeffrey Goldsmith said.

  • Mi
    Aug
    26
    2015
    IN: Assocham demands fair, non-discriminatory regime for OSS

    The government should modify the current policy on adopting open source software (AOSS) to provide a fair and non-discriminatory software ecosystem, industry body Assocham said today.

    In a note submitted to the Information Technology (IT) Ministry, the chamber has proposed extensive stakeholder consultations to build a world-class, business friendly and a technology neutral IT procurement policy and environment.

  • Mi
    Aug
    26
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Bengaluru: Mobile-based app developed to alert nearest Hoysala patrol teams during emergencies

    In Bengaluru, all Hoysala jeeps, police stations and the control room will be connected to the new app through automatic vehicle location.

    Finding a policeman in a crisis situation may no longer be a utopian idea in Bengaluru. A new mobile-based application can help the public alert the nearest Hoysala patrol team during emergencies.

  • Mi
    Aug
    26
    2015
    PH: DOST, DOH to scale up eHealth innovations for inclusive health

    The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in partnership with DOH and other institutions, plans to deploy at least 100 more RxBox devices by the end of 2016.

    This was revealed in the second eHealth Summit held during the recent National Science and Technology Week celebration at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

    RxBox is a device with built-in medical sensors capable of storing data in an electronic medical record, transmitting health information via the Internet upon the consent of the patient, and facilitating tele-consultations.

  • Mi
    Aug
    26
    2015
    Is Australia ready for mobile health?

    Mobile health can be an effective tool to address Australia’s healthcare challenges, however, adoption is fraught with obstacles and continues to be skewed towards consumer ended offerings, research analyst firm Frost & Sullivan said in a report.

    A key issue is access to timely and, which it says can potentially be addressed by enhancing and improving communication between providers and patients using mobile health (mHealth).

  • Mi
    Aug
    26
    2015
    US: Kiosks and kids - a natural fit

    Want to get a child interested in seeing a doctor? Show him or her a kiosk.

    It's not as crazy as it sounds, says Andrew Hertz, MD, a pediatrician with Cleveland-based University Hospitals. The high-tech cubicles are comfy, they're packed with cool gadgetry, and the doctor is right there on a video screen, like something out of Star Wars. That makes kiosks much more inviting to children than the crowded waiting room in a doctor's office or the controlled chaos of an emergency department waiting room.

  • Mi
    Aug
    26
    2015
    US: Telehealth Technology, Nursing Care Boosts Patient Engagement

    With the widespread use of telehealth technology throughout the healthcare industry picking up speed, new startups are innovating methods for improving patient care and lowering costs in the midst of significant doctor shortages across the country. Vytaliz is one such company which provides healthcare services such as diagnosis and treatment in a patient’s home.

    Along with using videoconferencing capabilities, patients are treated directly in their home by a nurse practitioner or other healthcare professional. Vytaliz treats a wide variety of medical concerns including eye infections, cold or flu symptoms, skin conditions or rashes, and stomach pain. Dr. Amer Alnajar, Founding Partner and Head Physician at Vytaliz, and Chirag Patel, Managing Director at High Note Foundry, both spoke with mHealthIntelligence.com to provide their perspective on the benefits of telehealth technology along with direct patient care.

  • Mi
    Aug
    26
    2015
    MY: All applications for foreign workers to be online

    It will be approved within 48 hours compared with the conventional method which took between three and six months, says deputy prime minister.

    Soon, applications for foreign workers will not involve agents, but the employers must submit their applications online, says Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

    He said the online management system of foreign workers would be introduced soon to reduce the time needed to bring them into the country.

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    Aug
    25
    2015
    US: $5.3 Million Broadband Enhancement Set for New Mexico’s Mescalero Apache Reservation

    The project is the first in the nation to be obligated, which allows Mescalero Apache Telephone Inc. officials to take advantage of low interest dollars. With the loan, it can upgrade specific portions of its copper cable facilities with fiber.

    Persistence and a good plan moved Mescalero Apache Telephone Inc. (MATI) to the front of the line for financing by the U.S, Department of Agriculture of a multimillion dollar broadband communication system.

    Officials from the Rural Development Division of the USDA were in the area Thursday to present a certificate of obligation to officials of MATI and the Mescalero Tribal Council, representing the $5.397,000 obligation by the Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service's Telecommunications Loan Program and the Substantially Underserved Trust Land Program.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    US: California Plans Next Moves for Open Data

    Experts discuss the uses of data, data legislation, and the potential for a state data “head honcho."

    Efforts to bring open data into, well, the open have touched off widespread discussion as to just where the use of the information is headed, and whether there is a need for expanded oversight and state legislation.

    With more government agencies taking on the task of looking at and publishing their data for all to see, technologists and officials are considering whether better defining rules of the game are the next natural steps in the progression.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    NG: Harmonising database will enhance e-governance, says Computer Society

    The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) has said the harmonisation of the national database is a right and fundamental step towards a functional e-government system.

    In a statement on Sunday in Lagos, Prof. Sola Aderounmu, the NCS president, said it would assist in the fight against crime, when agencies draw data from the same database.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Muhammadu Buhari recently directed the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to harmonise the biometric data.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    NG: NCS Backs Buhari on Harmonisation of National Database

    The Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), umbrella body for all Information Technology (IT) professionals, has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buahri on the need for a harmonised national database for the country.

    Buhari had recently given directive to all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) that collect biometric data, to harmonise the collection and usage of biometric data instead of replicating efforts.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    AE: DEWA stops paper invoices and fully adopts Green Bill system

    Dubai Electricity & Water Authority ( DEWA ) has stopped sending paper bills to its customers. It has been sending Green Bills to all customers since the second quarter of 2015. In 2009, DEWA started its smart transformation. It achieved a 100% smart transformation, less than a year after the Smart Dubai initiative was announced. Adoption of smart services was 60% in 2014. This transformation in the shape of DEWA 's services helped DEWA to eliminate 13,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2014. This equates to planting 66,055 trees in an area equivalent to 124.6 football fields. The amount was calculated based on the emissions that could have resulted from customers travelling to and from DEWA offices. This was achieved by using DEWA 's electronic and smart services to conduct 3.8 million transactions.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    Singapore looks to Big Data, immersive media with infocomm media masterplan

    When Singapore’s new 10-year plan for the infocomm and media industries was unveiled last week, one big issue it faced was how uncertain and unpredictable the future was.

    Here was a blueprint, the latest in a series of decade-long plans, aimed at steering the Singapore government and private sector into areas that would be big in the years ahead, such as data analytics and immersive media.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    Digital Agenda scoreboard - Malta strong in infrastructure, weak in digital skills

    Malta has placed 12th in the digital agenda scoreboard of the European Union out of 28 countries.

    The EU said that in Connectivity Malta is above the EU average. All Maltese households are covered by fixed broadband and all networks provide at least 30 Mbps. The take up of fixed broadband is well above EU average. By the end of 2014, the majority of consumers migrated to fast broadband services.

    Nevertheless, Malta needs to improve its performance in mobile, the EU survey found. Despite the fact, that 4th generation (LTE) services were launched here, the take-up of mobile broadband is below EU average. This may be the outcome of the limited harmonisation of spectrum bands, the EU said.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Chennai: Pallavaram all set for e-governance

    Director of Municipal Administration, G. Prakash on Monday had a discussion with municipal officials and staff on their preparedness to implement Centralised E-Governance through web portal, on Monday.

    Mr. Prakash discussed the progress of the Centralised e-Governance web application software and instructed staff to commence the service providing mechanisms.

  • Di
    Aug
    25
    2015
    Digital India: Citizen Services Delivery

    Technology enablement that will facilitate Government to Citizen (G2C) interactions can be hugely beneficial. But this can be made to work only if the processes are rationalized, a challenge that must be met and conquered. In the first two articles on Digital India, we looked at the program overview and the challenges in creating the broadband infrastructure to enable the whole program. Once the infrastructure is in place, the objective is to move the bunch of Government to Citizen (G2C) interactions online. That will make the experience better and reduce the pain of dealing with the unpredictable government offices. This Citizen Interface Layer of the program hinges on four pillars.

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    Aug
    24
    2015
    IN: Himachal Pradesh: All 3,243 panchayats to get broadband connectivity

    The Himachal Pradesh government is planning to connect all 3,243 gram panchayats under National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) scheme by providing them with broadband internet connectivity. A spokesman of the state government said on Friday that state government was extending the present optical fiber cable (OFC) connectivity that was available at the state capital, district headquarters and block level, to villages.

    "This will be done by utilizing existing fibers of BSNL and laying incremental fiber to connect to gram panchayats wherever necessary. It would help in proliferating the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) right down to panchayat level, he added.

  • Mo
    Aug
    24
    2015
    US: Smartphone Apps May Help Improve Health Behaviors

    New research suggests smartphone apps could help people make healthier lifestyle choices.

    Researchers revealed that currently, one in five American adults use some technology to track health data and the most popular health apps downloaded are related to exercise, counting steps, or heart rate. However, scientific evidence of mobile health technologies' effectiveness for reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited.

  • Mo
    Aug
    24
    2015
    AE: 'Our services within your reach'

    Lt. Col. Faisal Mohammed Al-Shimmari CEO of the Smart Government Program at the Ministry of Interior underlined the ministry's commitment of the ministry to improve smart e-services provided to customers to reflect the UAE vision 2021.

    'This is achieved through maintaining the levels of service availability and standards of quality and excellence so as to boost the customer's confidence and satisfaction and meet their expectations' said Lt. Col. Al-Shimmari.

  • Mo
    Aug
    24
    2015
    Online service for UAE visas at ports

    The Ministry of Interior, represented by the Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Sector, recently launched an online service to allow GCC residents and their escort to get their UAE entry permits (visas) via the various ports across the country, through the “Fawri” portal on the ministry’s website www.moi.gov.ae. These measures are in line with the Ministerial Decree No 377 of 2014, and in accordance with the required conditions and procedures.

    Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports, indicated that the new service comes in line with the Ministry of Interior’s keenness to keep pace with technology advances in order to expedite passenger movement at the various ports and streamline the visa issuance procedure for passengers before arriving to the country, ultimately saving time and effort for travellers.

  • Mo
    Aug
    24
    2015
    NG: Expert wants MDAs to embrace e-revenue collection

    An electronic payment expert, Deremi Atanda, has urged Federal Government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to embrace the use of technology, especially the electronic or e-payment platform to collect revenue, arguing that the option provides convenience and improved revenue generation to government.

    Atanda, who is also an Executive Director at Systemspecs, lamented that MDAs were still faced with several challenges on how to implement Federal Government’s electronic payment policy, said there are lots of e-payment options now open for MDAs to collect government funds.

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    23
    2015
    Kerala becomes India’s first ‘full digital state’

    Declaration of Kerala as a ‘full digital state’ and announcement of a brand new youth programme in reminiscence of former President, the late A G M Abdul Kalam marked Independence Day celebrations within the state.

    With the state making exceptional strides in implementation of varied e-governance initiatives, chief minister Oommen Chandy declared Kerala because the ‘full digital state’.

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    23
    2015
    NG: FG Set to Unveil National E-Governance Framework Soon

    The Director General, National Information Technology Agency (NITDA), Mr. Peter Jack, has said Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, will soon unveil the national e-governance master plan developed in the twilight of the last administration.

    Fielding questions from the media, weekend in Daura, Katsina State, the DG said the agency and its parent ministry in partnership with the South Korean government developed the e-governance framework on bilateral relationship with Nigeria to make governance smarter, accessible and to bring about dividend of democracy to every Nigerian.

  • So
    Aug
    23
    2015
    IN: Chandigarh: Citizen Services to be delivered electronically-2 services launched

    In major thrust to the improvement in public service delivery in the UT, two services of the Deputy Commissioner’s office – Late Birth Entry Order and Late Death Entry Order were launched through Sampark Centres. These services will be completely electronic and final documents will also be digitally signed. The launch of the services obviates the need to visit any SDM or DC office and applications can be processed through citizen friendly Sampark Centres.

    Speaking at the occasion, Deputy Commissioner-cum-Secretary Information Technology, Dr. S.B. Deepak Kumar, IAS said “It is an important initiative and we have reworked our Government processes with an aim to improve service delivery timelines for the residents of the UT. Our aim is to deliver more services in the electronic mode, with no physical movement of documents.”

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    Aug
    23
    2015
    AU: Slow progress on e-health causing medication misadventures

    The hospitalisation of thousands of people each year could be prevented if their health providers shared information electronically, but they can't because their software systems do not talk to each other.

    About 230,000 people are admitted to Australian hospitals every year as a result of medication misadventures.

    The federal government's top advisor on e-health said poor communication between nurses, GPs, emergency staff, pharmacists and other health professionals resulted in thousands of preventable hospitalisations and deaths because patients were doubling up on medication or taking the wrong drugs.

  • So
    Aug
    23
    2015
    GY: National data body to be incorporated into E-Governance project, no board for over 20 years

    The Government of Guyana is working to incorporate the operations of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) into its E-Governance operations, a release from the Ministry of the Presidency said.

    Yesterday Minister of State Joseph Harmon was informed of the operations of the unit during a visit to its University of Guyana Turkeyen location.

    During the visit the Minister was told of the NDMA’s mandate and as well as a number of challenges facing that authority. General Manager Godfrey Proctor told the minister that the NDMA has not had a board appointed in over two decades – this has severely undermined the work of the authority. He also pointed out that NDMA which was set up to do training for the public sector has the capacity to do so. However the authority was underutilised for many years.

  • So
    Aug
    23
    2015
    IN: Jammu and Kashmir: Building A Digital Kashmir Show Not, But Do

    The Government has so far taken no substantial step to ensure that the IT sector in J&K is given the benefits of Industrial status. Where is the state IT policy which we have been hearing of from deca

    The Digital India Campaign is a welcome program but when it comes to Kashmir, it raises a lot of questions.

    To begin with, for the digital Kashmir/J&K inauguration program arranged by the IT department and other government subsidiaries recently, no major IT players of state was consulted before organizing this event. Seeking consultations before holding this programme, would have made this event fruitful.

  • So
    Aug
    23
    2015
    IN: Maharashtra: Fadnavis launches public grievance portal for 6 districts

    Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday unveiled a public grievance system portal, 'Aaple Sarkar', for six districts of Thane, Pune, Nashik, Aurangabad, Amravati and Nagpur. With this launch, people living in these districts can now lodge complaints on the website and also get an acknowledgement and feedback on it.

    The chief minister said he was happy to announce the portal that has been linked to the Right to Service Scheme.

  • So
    Aug
    23
    2015
    IN: Kerala declared 'complete digital state'

    Declaration of Kerala as a 'complete digital state' and announcement of a new youth programme in memory of former president, the late A.

    P.J. Abdul Kalam marked Independence Day celebrations in the state.

    With the state making remarkable strides in implementation of various e-governance initiatives, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy declared Kerala as the 'complete digital state'.

  • Sa
    Aug
    22
    2015
    GY: Govt scraps "sweetheart" fibre-optic cable deal; to proceed with E-Government Project

    The Guyana government has scrapped a contract with a local firm for the rehabilitation of the controversial fibre optic cable from Brazil, even as it explores the possibility of continuing the project that it had criticized harshly while in opposition.

    Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said he met with the Head of Dax Construction Companay, Faizal Mohammed on Friday and informed him that the contract for repair and maintenance of the cable would be cancelled.

  • Sa
    Aug
    22
    2015
    IN: Aadhar debate: Privacy is not an elitist concern – it's the only way to secure equality

    Aadhaar reflects and reproduces power imbalances and inequalities. Information asymmetries result in the data subject becoming a data object, to be manipulated, misrepresented and policed at will.

    If I had a rupee for every time someone tried the “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear” argument on me, I could have funded a privacy think tank devoted to debunking it. Few statements have done as much disservice to the construction of privacy in the public imaginary as this. It’s such a tired old trope that even the internet disagrees on its exact origins. Attributed to everyone from Orwell to Goebbels to a character in an 1888 Henry James novel, used in a campaign slogan for CCTV cameras in Britain and abused everywhere, it pervades the surveillance discourse and hijacks the policy debate.

  • Sa
    Aug
    22
    2015
    IN: Kerala to be Declared First Digital State Today

    Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will declare Kerala the first ‘Digital State’ in the country in his Independence Day address on Saturday, and lay out the e-initiatives planned as part of the government’s ‘Vision-2020’ programme.

    The projects lined up for the next five years include ‘mobile governance’, ‘Wi-FI hotspots in government schools’, ‘paperless government offices’, ‘digital literacy - phase-II’, ‘Electronics@School’ and ‘Akshayas as e-banking Kerala’.

  • Sa
    Aug
    22
    2015
    IN: Odisha Government Policy to Boost Access to State Data

    In a bid to facilitate accessibility to data and information of all the departments, the State Government has decided to formulate Odisha State Data Policy-2015.

    The policy envisages data storage at one platform, easy access, a common protocol of data standardisation, cataloguing, updation, access, dissemination and easy quality control.

    A large quantity of data is generated using public funds by Government departments, organisations and institutions. Most of such data, though unrestricted and non-sensitive in nature, remain inaccessible to common citizens. Besides, most of the data, generated by State Government departments do not have compatibility due to lack of common standards and non-interoperability.

  • Sa
    Aug
    22
    2015
    IN: Himachal Pradesh’s 3,243 gram panchayats to soon get Internet connectivity

    Himachal Pradesh will soon connect all the 3,243 gram panchayats with broadband Internet connectivity, an official said in Shimla on Friday.

    For this, the government is implementing the national optical fibre network project, a government spokesperson told IANS. At present, optical fibre cable connectivity is available only at the state capital, the district headquarters and up to the block level. The national optical fibre network will be done by utilizing existing fibers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and also laying incremental fibre, if required.

  • Sa
    Aug
    22
    2015
    US: Want to keep your patients? Follow these mHealth tips

    It's nothing new for businesses – even healthcare organizations – to evaluate how they are doing in the eyes of customers, but in healthcare the "patient experience" has taken on greater meaning.

    It's no longer just the healthcare developer community, user interface (UI) experts or a single healthcare administrator talking about the importance of the patient's overall experience. Everyone from the Chief Quality Officer and CFO to the front-line caregiver is focused on ways to improve quality and make things better, faster and easier for patients and their families. The reason is clear: patient satisfaction is closely connected to quality of care, and better outcomes improve quality scores, reputations, finances and attract patients and physicians. The challenge is if I don't feel like I was treated in a good way, even though my medical care may have been technically good, my feedback on a provider or their score will be bad.

  • Fr
    Aug
    21
    2015
    Communications Authority of Kenya issues first post-digital migration licenses

    The Communications Authority of Kenya has issued the first TV licenses following the successful digital migration process.

    CA DG Mr. Francis Wangusi has thus set in motion the process of bringing players in the broadcasting market under CA’s regulatory regime as provided for under the ICT sector law.

    Describing the moment as a milestone for the broadcasting sector, Wangusi issued licenses to Zanira Company Limited, Seventh Day Adventist-East Kenya Union Conference, Akili Networks Limited, The Entertainment Channel Limited, The Word Music Limited, North Eastern Media & Telecommunications Limited, Namba One TV Ltd and Cosmopolitan Media Ltd.

  • Fr
    Aug
    21
    2015
    US: Laurel County, Kentucky, CSEPP Launches New Mobile Ready Site for its Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program

    Laurel County, Kentucky, CSEPP has launched a new, mobile-ready site for its Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), aimed at educating and enhancing emergency preparedness in the event of a chemical agent accident. Laurel County, Kentucky, is one of 10 Kentucky counties that neighbors the chemical stockpile stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot. Laurel County is considered to be one of two host counties for relocation, in the event of a chemical agent accident at the Bluegrass Army Depot.

    The site provides CSEPP county contacts, instructions on what to do in the event of an emergency and family preparedness information.

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    Aug
    21
    2015
    ZA: Leveraging tech to improve service delivery to the poor

    Lower than expected economic growth and resultant fiscal constraints in South Africa have emphasised the need for government to markedly improve efficiency with which it conducts business and delivers services.

    Smart use of technology can yield productivity and efficiency gains. Unfortunately government is not well poised to harness the potential that eGovernment technology can offer. At the heart of this problem is the existence of a policy framework that fails to recognise the multidimensional nature of the country’s three-sphere system of government.

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    Aug
    20
    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Perungalathur in spotlight for good service delivery

    Perungalathur Town Panchayat, a suburb in the city’s south, is in the news again. The urban local body has received ISO 9001:2008 certification for ‘provision of public utility services.’ It is the fourth town panchayat in Kancheepuram district to receive this recognition after Tirupporur, Nandivaram – Guduvanchery and Acharapakkam.

    The town panchayat has been trying to provide an improved quality of service delivery in the spheres of public health, water supply, roads, e-governance, and implementing environment friendly eco restoration, according to M. Kesavan, executive officer of the local body.

  • Do
    Aug
    20
    2015
    IN: Kerala: With the click of a mouse you can

    E-governance as a concept has been introduced by the government to ensure corruption-free democracy. However, the whole idea of e-governance is still not conveyed properly to the common man.

    Simple things such as payment of property tax, electricity tariff and issuance of various certificates can be done from the comfort of one’s home.

  • Do
    Aug
    20
    2015
    Mission impossible: Digital India is not doable by 2019

    We need to scale down the programme’s ambition.

    The defining characteristic of a string of initiatives announced by the government, including Digital India (DI), as noted in a Business Standard editorial, is overweening ambition. DI’s goals are noble. But can they be realised in the announced timeframe?

    DI is not all new. It is an amalgam of three ongoing programmes: the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN), the National Knowledge Network and the e-governance initiative. What’s different is the ambition and how quickly it is slated to get done (by 2019). DI seeks to provide broadband access to all and deliver all manner of services to the citizen’s doorstep.

  • Do
    Aug
    20
    2015
    IN: Kerala to be Declared first Fully Digital State on August 15

    Kerala, which will be declared India’s first fully digital state on Saturday, offers a perfect blend of a society that is ‘digitally empowered’ to demand its rights; a matured ‘e-governance system’ to provide governance and services on demand; and a ‘digitally connected’ eco-system as an enabler to balance demand and supply.

    The state is also a front-runner in launching various Central and State digital initiatives. Some of the remarkable achievements of Kerala that contributed to its emergence as a ‘digital society’ are the launch of 2,300 Common Service Centres (CSCs) - the first in the country to introduce CSCs to bridge the digital divide; generation of over 3.19 crore (95 per cent) Aadhaars with more than 99 per cent enrolment; bringing over 3.7 million students under the purview of Digital Collaborative Text Books - a first in the country; doing almost 100 per cent of the civil registrations through electronic form; e-registration of more than 2.46 lakh births and 1.10 lakh deaths; and issuance of more than 1.4 crore certificates under e-district - the first in the country and the second Cloud-enabled Data Centre in the country.

  • Do
    Aug
    20
    2015
    MT: Need for ICT professionals

    There is a clear need for ICT professionals to supplement their academic education through continuing professional development that focuses on a selection of current and emerging software technologies and tools.

    The demand for experts in cutting-edge software technologies is driven by the ICT industry and local companies sporadically complain having to train fresh university graduates in specific technologies that are used within their organisation.

  • Do
    Aug
    20
    2015
    PK: Provinces, federal govt working to achieve education goals: Baligh

    Inter-Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference

    State Minister for Education, Engr Muhammad Baleegh ur Rehman has said that all the provinces were working collectively for promoting education and federal government would facilitate them. He said this while hosting 6th Inter Provincial Education Ministers’ Conference (IPEMC) here.

    Revision of National Education Policy 2009, National Strategy of Education with the use of ICT (Information Communication Technology), first draft policy of Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVT), Sustainable Development goals post 2015 were discussed in the conference.

  • Do
    Aug
    20
    2015
    IN: Utilise IT to Deliver Services to Rural Areas: Haryana Chief Minister

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar asked state government officials to utilize Information Technology to ensure delivery of e-services to villagers in far flung areas.

    Khattar was speaking at the inauguration of a state level workshop on 'e-governance' organised at Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) in Gurgaon.

    Advocating implementation of e-governance in all government offices, the Chief Minister said that through this he wanted to further the aim of good governance.

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    IN: Haryana: Utilise IT to deliver e-services: Khattar to officials

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today asked state government officials to utilise Information Technology to ensure delivery of e-services to villagers in far flung areas.

    Khattar was speaking at the inauguration of state level workshop on 'e-governance' organised at Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) in Gurgaon.

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    US: Pennsylvania: Lansdale council considering transparency portal for financial reporting

    A new financial transparency portal could give Lansdale residents as much information as they can handle about the borough’s finances — for $7,000 per year.

    Borough officials have begun talks with OpenGov, a web-based financial portal that can give residents, and staff, more information than ever before, at a cost.

    “Basically, I would call it financial analytics, both for consumption by internal staff — by Brian (Shapiro, finance director) and his staff, but also a portal for residents to really access our ledgers,” said councilman Denton Burnell,

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    AU: New South Wales: New Centre for PS data

    In an Australian first, the State Government plans to establish a whole-of-Government Data Analytics Centre.

    Announcing the plan, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello (pictured) said data was one of the greatest assets held by Government, but when it was buried away in bureaucracy it was of little value.

    Mr Dominello said a specialist Steering Committee would be advising on the establishment of the Centre and an industry Advisory Body would assist in guiding its ongoing work.

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    JO: ICT Ministry working to turn governorates into 'smart zones'

    The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology said Monday it was working on a plan to turn the country's governorates into "smart zones".

    As part of the plan, the ministry seeks to collaborate with municipalities, operators and stakeholders by analysing big data and deploying technology to provide "intelligent services" for users, said Samer Shamaileh, director of the strategic agreements unit at the ministry.

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    US: Nebraska Veterans’ Affairs Launches New Website

    “Providing the public with quality information in a user-friendly format”

    The Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) website now has a new look and feel! The new design has been overhauled to make it more usable, intuitive, and accessible than ever before. Easy navigation, responsive design, and relevant content are a few of the key highlights; all developed on the Nebraska.gov Drupal platform.

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    US: North Carolina: Grants Bring 911 Consolidation One Step Closer to Reality

    The new center will consolidate a current county 911 center with the dispatch desks of a county sheriff’s office and two police departments.

    A consolidated 911 center in Richmond County is one step closer to becoming a reality.

    County Manager Rick Sago announced Tuesday night that the county was awarded a $6.3 million grant to build the center.

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    US: New York's Niagara, Orleans Counties to Blanket Rural Areas with Broadband

    The two counties will now work to help secure funding for the initiative through the "New NY Broadband Program," a $500 million grant program included in the 2015-16 state budget.

    It's official, high-speed Internet access will soon be accessible in rural areas of New York's Niagara and Orleans counties.

    Announced Tuesday night by Niagara County Legislator David Godfrey, R-Wilson, the Niagara-Orleans Regional Alliance (NORA) is one step closer to bringing the Internet to every household across the two counties.

  • Mi
    Aug
    19
    2015
    10 million „e-Estonians“ by 2025!

    E-residency rapidly gaining popularity Almost double the initial estimated amount of people have signed up to become e-residents of Estonia since the programme’s launch at the end of 2014.

    According to figures released by Ministry of Economic Affairs, as of July, 3,816 applications have been submitted by people wishing to claim e-residency in the country. This is almost double the initial target of 2,000 officials hoped would sign up before the end of 2015.

  • Di
    Aug
    18
    2015
    US: Food Inspection App, API Put Restaurants Under the Microscope

    Food inspection app HDScores announces that it's opening troves of government inspection data to warn customers of shady restaurants — and aims to be the industry standard.

    America is well acquainted with his culinary expletives. From “f—ing rancid potatoes!” to “f—ing cucumbers!” to “I’ve got [cockroaches] in my f—ing hair!,” his reality TV rage has become a hallmark. But beyond the antics — most erupting from his restaurant rehab show Kitchen Nightmares — Gordon Ramsay’s conniptions on the culinary arts have served a purpose: They’ve pushed for health and outed a host of backdoor issues, whether it be mold, maggots or hunks of rotted meats.

  • Di
    Aug
    18
    2015
    US: Examining payment parity in telehealth laws

    Many states are enacting laws requiring commercial health plans to cover medical services provided via telehealth to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person.  These laws are intended to promote innovation and care delivery in the private sector by catalyzing healthcare providers and plans to invest in and use the powerful telehealth technologies available in the marketplace.

    Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have enacted commercial payment statutes, and bills are under development in several other states. Examples of enacted laws in the first half of 2015 include Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada and Washington.

  • Di
    Aug
    18
    2015
    US: Telemedicine effective in care for children with special healthcare needs

    Telemedicine is a valuable tool for treating children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) as well children in regular childcare and school (CRS), according to research published in the August edition of Telemedicine and e-Health.

    Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center chose to study the effectiveness and safety of using the Health-e-Access telemedicine model at schools for children with special health needs. The model originally was focused on regular childcare schools.

  • Di
    Aug
    18
    2015
    US: Google Glass may help patients in remote areas

    Google Glass may be used to effectively extend bed-side toxicology consults to distant health care facilities such as community and rural hospitals to diagnose and manage patients, a new study has found.

    The study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in US also suggests the hands-free, head-mounted streaming audio/video device helps physicians in diagnosing specific poisonings and can enhance patient care.

  • Di
    Aug
    18
    2015
    AE: Free Smart Gate registration at Dubai Mall

    Registered travellers will be able to clear the immigration process at Dubai Airports ‘within seconds.’

    Starting August 12, UAE residents can register to access the Smart Gates at Dubai airports free-of-charge at The Dubai Mall, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has announced.

    Once registered, travellers can bypass the long lines at passport control, clearing the immigration process at Dubai airports within seconds.

  • Di
    Aug
    18
    2015
    UAE e-Dirham system collects $1.1bn in H1

    The UAE Ministry of Finance has announced that the federal government’s e-Dirham system collected revenues of around Dh4 billion ($1.1 billion) in the first half of 2015, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the same period last year.

    Around 80 per cent of the revenue collected thus far has been collected via the e-Dirham system, according to the announcement.

  • Di
    Aug
    18
    2015
    IN: Government officials hesitating to adopt IT: Haryana CM

    Employees in government offices were not adopting IT or IT-enabled services because of their fear that when all work is done through IT, they will have no jobs, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday.

    Khattar was speaking at the inauguration of a state-level workshop on 'e-governance' organised at the Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) in Gurgaon.

  • Mo
    Aug
    17
    2015
    IN: Smart cities are here—what about e-governance and ICT?

    While e-governance initiatives usually account for only 10-15% of the total investment, they are an essential part of the overall city architecture

    The Smart City Mission recently launched by the ministry of urban development is quite detailed and comprehensive. It clearly lays down the criteria both for initial shortlisting of cities by the State government as well as the basis for selection of the final 100 cities by an Apex Committee at the national level. The various models for city level development, namely, retrofitting, redevelopment and green field development have also been explained as has been the financing model and relative contributions from the respective governments and the private sector.

  • Mo
    Aug
    17
    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: E-kiosks to Offer Public Services

    In a bid to enhance its e-governance mechanism, Tamil Nadu will be setting up electronically enabled kiosks operated by authorised service providers across the State to offer public services provided by the government.

    According to official sources, the State is currently framing rules for efficient delivery of public services by one or more authorised service providers through e-kiosks.

    These kiosks would deliver public service like licence permit, certificate, sanction or approval and the receipt of payment of money by electronic means.

  • Mo
    Aug
    17
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Take a walk or not? Here's an app that'll help decide

    It's a pleasant day. You're taking a quiet stroll till a broken pavement mars the experience. In a city of defunct streetlights, unsafe crossings and uneven footpaths, the pedestrian often gets a raw deal. However, here's an app that may come in handy for the avid walker.

    Armed with it, you could find out how a street fares on the walkability index. Based on the cumulative rating of all users, you could decide if you want to walk further or not.

  • Mo
    Aug
    17
    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: e-Governance awards

    The district administration has invited applications from polytechnic and college students for the Chief Minister’s Excellence in e-governance awards for the year 2015-16.

    According to a release, the scheme meant for students of government, government-aided and private colleges will have three awards – development of application for innovative use of mobile technology, software for health/school education and other social and development of application for differently-abled persons.

  • Mo
    Aug
    17
    2015
    AU: Health e-record opt-out trials to cost $51 million

    Price tag for million-person experiment revealed.

    The Department of Health has revealed it expects trials of opt-out electronic health records to cost $51 million over the next four years.

    Health received a pool of $485.1 million in the 2015 budget to pay for a renewed push to create personal electronic health records, which has been rebranded My Health Record.

  • Mo
    Aug
    17
    2015
    US: Doctors' Virtual Consults With Patients To Double By 2020

    Thanks to expanding health insurance coverage, the number of virtual video consultations between primary health care providers and their patients will double in five years in the U.S. fueling the nation’s telehealth boom, according to a new analysis.

    A new report from information and analytics firm IHS says video consultations will jump overall to nearly 27 million in the U.S. market, driven by the primary care market where insurance coverage is rapidly widening. IHS projects there will be cumulative annual growth of nearly 25 percent a year over the next five years to 5.4 million video consultations between primary care providers and their patients by 2020 from this year’s 2 million video consultations, IHS says.

  • So
    Aug
    16
    2015
    US: How Improvements to mHealth Apps Increase Patient Engagement

    With the increasing use of mobile applications comes the increasing use of mobile health amongst physicians and patients alike. However, since the mHealth market is newly emerging, it is important to evaluate how these technologies are developed and the way in which they help users and increase patient engagement.

    According to a recent HIMSS article, there are still challenges for providers incorporating these apps and devices into patient lifestyles. While there is evidence that many patients are willing to use mHealth as a part of their healthcare, it is critical for developers to make these apps holistic and easy for users to manage.

  • So
    Aug
    16
    2015
    US: Telemedicine cultivates collaborative healthcare practices at the academic level

    AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (AMD), the pioneer of clinical Telemedicine Encounter Management Solutions (TEMS)™ helps universities cultivate collaborative healthcare practices for academic learning. Texas Woman's University and Old Dominion University use AMD's clinical telemedicine systems to set the precedent of achieving coordinated care through an interprofessional approach and telehealth technology.

    The AMD Global Telemedicine equipment and software were chosen to be part of these interprofessional learning programs to demonstrate telemedicine as an integral tool in clinical practice. Teams of undergraduates, graduates and doctorates are being trained how to use clinical telemedicine equipment and ways to leverage the technology for collaborative patient care. These telemedicine courses emphasize the importance of telemedicine in today's healthcare environments and coincide with the universities' goals to meet rural health and underserved population initiatives from an interprofessional perspective.

  • So
    Aug
    16
    2015
    CA: Despite new health services, medevacs continue to climb in Cree communities

    Almost 10,000 scheduled medevacs annually, for total population of under 20,000

    Despite new telehealth services that allow Cree patients to undergo certain medical procedures in their home clinics, more Cree are travelling south for medical treatment every year.

    "The work goes up 10% every year" for the department dealing with medical travel, said Cree Health Board Chairperson Bella Petawabano this week at the Cree Nation Government's annual general assembly in Ouje-Bougoumou, northern Québec.

  • So
    Aug
    16
    2015
    IN: Good News: Government announced Aadhar Card for NRIs

    The Plannng Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said on Friday the Central Government has announced that Aadhar card can be issued to Non Resident Indians (NRIs) too, because NRIs would also live in this country and may require various facilities for living. It is valid know your customer (KYC) document for various services including banking, telecom, cooking gas subsidy, vehicle registration, driving license, government scholarships, pension and public distribution system. Aadhaar Card does not confer any citizenship entitlements, and so even foreigners can obtain it.

    Under the Aadhaar project the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is providing a unique identity numbers to residents, which can be digitally, verified using the database.

  • So
    Aug
    16
    2015
    AE: MoF announces results of the e-Dirham system performance for H1 2015

    The total automated collection of revenues by the Federal government through the e-Dirham system amounted to AED 4 billion

    The Ministry of Finance (MoF) announced the total automated collection of revenues by the Federal Government through the e-Dirham system during the first half of the current year was about AED 4 billion, up 11% from 3.6 million in the first half of 2014 . The e-Dirham system enabled the increase in revenues collected to reach 79.8% of the overall revenues collected in the first half of 2015.

    The total number of e-services that have been completed through the e-Dirham system during the first half of 2015 rose 9% to 18.7 million from 17 million services in the first half of 2014.

  • So
    Aug
    16
    2015
    SA: MOI provides innovative, efficient e-services

    As a society we tend to complain and gripe a lot about the shortcomings in government and private services. And very rightly so since we expect a high level of service similar to that which is found elsewhere. Saudi Arabia is a rich country and has sufficient resources to import technology and systems to cater to our needs as a developing state, but due to several constraints and an outdated mindset, we tend to lag behind. Today, however, there is a change taking place. Ministries are moving toward "smart government" that provides efficient services to people.

    The Saudi authorities aim to keep pace with ongoing technological development and to implement programs that will benefit the public. However, not all government departments have kept the same pace. Some have lagged behind.

  • So
    Aug
    16
    2015
    Singapore's next 50 years in tech will need trust, transparency

    Amid its jubilee celebrations, the country must figure out how it can remain ahead in the tech industry as its Asian counterparts inches closer.

    Today, the country I've called home for 41 years celebrates its 50th year of independence and I join my fellow Singaporeans in soaking up the patriotic revelry that is usually at its highest this time of year.

    For a nation that faced an uncertain future after it was expelled from Malaysia in 1965, Singapore certainly has much to be proud of. Despite its lack of natural resources, it has become one of the world's wealthiest countries and among the region's most established financial hubs.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    US: Minnesota: Why Minneapolis Is Taking Back Its Help Desk

    The city is transitioning from one provider to another, and part of that move includes pulling help desk and desk-side support functions back in-house.

    Minneapolis CIO Otto Doll says his department needs to work more closely with its customers — and the first step in that direction is taking control of help desk and desk-side support functions that have long been outsourced. The city is transitioning from its current outsourcing provider, Unisys, to a new contract with Arizona-based OneNeck IT Solutions.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    US: Study: Government Legislative Websites Not Up to Industry Par

    The ever-growing shift away from stationary computing for everyday Internet access underscores the need for websites that can keep up with on-the-go users.

    An in-depth look at state legislative websites across the country came up with some not so surprising results: Government sites are behind the times when it comes to their online infrastructure.

    FiscalNote, a legislative intelligence platform provider based out of Washington, D.C., evaluated 54 legislative websites across the country and determined that there was substantial room for improvement in many cases.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    NG: Online options available to MDAs for revenue collection – Experts

    The federal government of Nigeria does not need to worry about how to collect its various revenues, as several electronic platform options are currently available to all the ministries, departments and agencies [MDAs], which government has mandated to collect its revenues. Deremi Atanda, electronic payment expert and executive director, Systemspecs, made the assertion recently at the 2015 E-Government Summit, which has the theme “Key to Sustainable Development” in Abuja. Atanda noted that there are several challenges experienced by government MDAs which has to do with how to implement the Federal Government electronic payment policy.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Six small cities race ahead of Bengaluru the smart way

    Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Belagavi, Hubballi-Dharwad, Tumakuru, and Davangere chosen.

    Six smaller cities of Karnataka have outdone their bigger counterparts for inclusion in the coveted smart cities project list.

    The poll-bound capital city of Bengaluru — which contributes nearly 70 per cent to the State’s total revenue — failed to make it to the list, securing just 62 per cent under the 15-point parameter set by the Centre for inclusion. Two other major cities — Mysuru and Kalaburagi — too did not make it to the list.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    BD: Govt embarks on a digital drive

    The government made a big move towards speeding up the country's transition into a tech-savvy nation at the second meeting of the Digital Bangladesh Taskforce in the capital yesterday.

    Major decisions include expanding the e-tendering process within six months, ensuring internet for all educational institutes by 2018, appointing international business consultants, and encouraging local assembly of digital devices like laptops, pads, tablets and smartphones.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    IN: Over 11,000 police stations have rolled out CCTNS

    Over 11,000 police stations, out of 14,324, have fully rolled out Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS), which aims at bringing together databases of security organisations.

    The 11,000 police stations include all those in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Telangana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, are using CCTNS software for registration of FIRs.

    Of these, about 9,000 police stations registered 100 percent FIRs through this system only.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    Bahrain Works Ministry's electronic services users soar

    The number of users for the 10 electronic services at Bahrain's Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning reached 10,284 during the first half of the year.

    The services can be accessed through both the Ministry's portal and the e-Government portal, said a statement.

    Hisham Sater, information technology director at the Ministry, said that the statistics revealed that the Materials Testing Results Services targeted the highest number of users with 7,572 users, after which came the Traffic Diversion Request e-Service with 2,114 users, and then the Material/Product Assessment eService with 284 users.

  • Sa
    Aug
    15
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Dept to salvage registration e-records from hard copies

    The stamps and registration department on Friday said it has no records, online or offline, of 3,200 property and other legal registrations in the state.

    Of these, 1,700 documents were lost in the sub-registrar's office of KR Puram in Bengaluru and they primarily deal with property registration. Taking note of a TOI report on Friday (2 lakh e-records missing from stamps and registration dept), revenue minister V Sreenivas Prasad sought a detailed explanation on the issue. The report said e-records of 2.03 lakh thumb impressions and photographs were missing from the department.

  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2015
    #SG50: Smart Nation: The future of Singapore's wired city

    Singapore's Smart Nation program uses data and cutting-edge technology to find urban solutions, to improve public services, and to compete with premiere global cities

    Imagine taking an app-powered driverless car to your destination. How about consulting your doctor via telemedicine in the comforts of your own home? On the rush? Use an app that tells you how long it takes to wait for a cab in the taxi stand. You can also take the MRT and surf the Internet with broadband access.

  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2015
    GB: Analytics for government: where big data and Big Brother collide

    As local and national government increasingly use big-data analytics to improve services, questions of transparency and privacy arise

    There is rightfully a lot of hype around e-government. The application of analytics in the private sector has had a significant impact on our lives.

    And, at first blush, it seems like a great idea for our governments to be more like Google or Amazon, using data and analytics to deliver improved services more cost effectively, when and where people need them.

  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2015
    NG: Olaopa Wants MDAs to Adopt ICT as Vehicle for Government’s Change Agenda

    The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, on Wednesday advocated the adoption of information communication and technology (ICT) by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as a vehicle to drive the present administration strategic change agenda.

    Speaking at the ministry’s August 2015 In-House seminar with the theme: ‘Change Management,’ which was organised in collaboration with the Nihilent Group, in Abuja, Olaopa admitted that it was gladdening to note that President Muhammadu Buhari, has shown considerable interest to drive his administration’s change agenda, using ICT platform.

  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2015
    US: The (Hidden) Cost of Open Data

    For all of its advantages, cost isn't always one of them. But there are ways to keep them down.

    Los Angeles County announced this January the creation of an open data website that would allow anyone to find information on a host of county government programs, from budget information to welfare data to crime statistics. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas told the Los Angeles Times the county was about to become the “largest municipal government in the nation” to make its data easily accessible to the public.

  • Fr
    Aug
    14
    2015
    US: California: L.A. to Launch Open-Source Small-Business Web Portal Within a Year

    The portal will help streamline the process of applying for permits, and can be replicated in other cities because the code will be available to all.

    Los Angeles entrepreneurs will soon have a new tool to help them get their businesses off the ground.

    As part of a nationwide competition through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the city proposed an open-source Web portal to help streamline the process of applying for permits. On Tuesday, the idea won the top prize of $250,000, which will help L.A. launch the portal within a year, Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The website can be replicated in other cities because the code will be available to all.

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