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eGovernment Forschung | eGovernment Research 2001 - 2015
   
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  • Sa
    Apr
    18
    2015
    NG: Council approves four fibre optic landing points

    Nigeria’s National Broadband Council has approved the building of optic fibre cable (OFC) landing points in four coastal states to be funded by the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) which will assist in widespread diffusion of high capacity internet bandwidth around the country.

    The Council is headed by ComTech Minister, Dr (Mrs.) Omobola Johnson who said the cable landing points will promote the rapid establishment of recovery and restoration agreements among the cable companies and delivery of additional landing points for national security and resilience purposes.

  • Sa
    Apr
    18
    2015
    IN: Govt depts to share software code of e-governance apps

    All the central ministries and departments will have to put in public domain the source code of software and applications developed by them, primarily for e-governance projects, to avoid duplication and cut costs.

    "The Government of India aims to make public the source code of various software applications/ components/ products as it may consider suitable and whose Intellectual Property Rights are held by various Government entities," a new IT policy on application development said.

  • Sa
    Apr
    18
    2015
    IN: Odisha government to set up an Innovation Project Monitoring Unit under State Innovation Council

    The State government will set up an Innovation Project Monitoring Unit under State Innovation Council to foster the environment of innovation, document the best practices, and facilitate their replication and upscaling.

    A direction to this effect came at a high-level meeting on ‘Innovations in Public Systems’ held at the state secretariat on Thursday. Stressing on innovative practices in delivery of public services and running of public systems, chief secretary GC Pati asked principal secretary (General Administration) Niten Chandra to take necessary steps towards constitution of IPMU.

  • Sa
    Apr
    18
    2015
    US: Kansans: Filing Taxes Electronically Makes Process Easier, Speeds Refund Delivery

    Refunds can arrive 80 percent quicker when residents file online

    Kansas residents can visit Kansas WebFile to file their 2014 Kansas Individual Income Tax Returns online. Built as a collaborative effort between the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Information Network of Kansas, WebFile removes the onerous process of filling out paper forms for individual income taxes, and is the fastest way for taxpayers to receive refunds, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue. Last year, the Department of Revenue received over 1.3 million individual income tax returns electronically.

  • Sa
    Apr
    18
    2015
    US: Kansans: Filing Taxes Electronically Makes Process Easier, Speeds Refund Delivery

    Refunds can arrive 80 percent quicker when residents file online

    Kansas residents can visit Kansas WebFile to file their 2014 Kansas Individual Income Tax Returns online. Built as a collaborative effort between the Kansas Department of Revenue and the Information Network of Kansas, WebFile removes the onerous process of filling out paper forms for individual income taxes, and is the fastest way for taxpayers to receive refunds, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue. Last year, the Department of Revenue received over 1.3 million individual income tax returns electronically.

  • Sa
    Apr
    18
    2015
    AU: $1bn tech revamp to drag Centrelink out of the 1980s

    The Abbott government will spend more than $1 billion to replace the 1980s-era Centrelink computer to prepare the way for sweeping reform of the welfare system.

    Human Services Minister Marise Payne told The Australian a new payments system would provide the government with long-term flexibility to implement welfare changes, better detect and prevent fraud and make dealing with Centrelink easier for more than seven million Australians.

  • Sa
    Apr
    18
    2015
    Bahamas Laws Online Website Re-Launched

    Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson described the re-launch of Bahamas Laws Online as a “red letter day” that offers new opportunities to take The Bahamas to another level and “celebrate” the rule of law and democracy.

    The new website, laws.bahamas.gov.bs, replaces the previous website at which laws were current to 2009. The Ministry of Legal Affairs has since made the site current to December 31, 2014.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    Singapore’s specialist digital services unit to get new home

    Team of coders, designers and architects to be housed in a Star Wars-inspired office.

    The Singapore government is creating a new office to house a specialist team dedicated to developing digital services.

    From July this year, the new Software Design and Development Centre of Excellence will house the Infocomm Development Authority’s (IDA) existing Government Digital Services team.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    AU: Government to replace old Centrelink welfare system

    New IT infrastructure to help crack down on welfare cheats

    The Federal Government is taking action to replace a 30-year-old welfare payment system that delivers around $100 billion in payments to 7.3 million people each year.

    Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison, and Minister for Human Services, Marise Payne made the announcement on Friday.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    Australian government approves Human Services IT overhaul

    Australian Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has announced that the government has approved funding to overhaul the welfare payments system known as ISIS.

    The Abbott government has approved the replacement of a 30-year-old welfare payments support system in a move that the government hopes will improve data sharing and data analytics in the agency.

    The Department of Human Services has received approval from Cabinet to begin overhauling its, now unfortunately named, system known as ISIS.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    Australia sets central standards for all digital services

    Common criteria for services right across Australia adapted from UK Government.

    Australia’s new e-government unit, the Digital Transformation Office, has set out criteria that digital services right across government must meet before they are launched.

    The criteria, which were adapted from the UK Government’s Digital by Default standards, will apply to all new services and existing ones with more than 50,000 transactions per year.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    Digital India: ICT for Improving Citizen Service Delivery

    The discussion at the 17th edition of Express Technology Sabha began with Subhomoy Bhattacharjee putting the question—“Are we getting the building blocks in place when it comes to Digital India?’

    Tripurari Sharan, Principal Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Government of Bihar, said, “There is an inherent intimacy between technology and philosophy. Are we in the middle or the beginning of Digital India? Technology can be showed up, apps can be developed, connectivity can be developed, but what are you going to deliver and how efficiently are you going to deliver is going to depend on level of this intimacy.” Even today, one of the major roadblocks in efficient governance is land records, land reforms and efficient management of lands. This philosophy captures the political will to do away with backward systems, but it needs political will to do away with appeasement of certain society which thrives on rent seeking.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    Singapore government’s best ICT projects recognised

    12 public sector organisations recognised in FutureGov Singapore Awards ceremony.

    The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority won ‘Government Organisation of the Year’ for its ‘Biometric Identification of MotorBikers’ project [pictured: the ICA team celebrating their success after the end of the award] - capping this year’s FutureGov Singapore Awards event, as more than 150 executives attended the awards ceremony at the Raffles Hotel earlier this week.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    IN: ICT for Better Delivery of Healthcare Services

    This discussion at the 17th edition of the Express Technology Sabha, emphasised on the government’s proposed health policy.

    The Union government has stressed on telemedicine, tele-education and training for medical professionals, all these the priority areas for bringing change across the entire healthcare sector.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    SA: Effective E-Governance

    A paperless government – will it ever happen?

    Several government agencies have taken effective steps toward transforming into paperless agencies. However, the effort has been plagued by delays and promises of full e-governance remain unfulfilled, Al-Riyadh daily reported.

    For the past ten years, the Saudi media has extensively covered this transformation and many observers expected most government agencies to be providing e-services by 2015.

  • Fr
    Apr
    17
    2015
    SG: New one-stop centre for better govt e-services

    A team of coders and engineers are being assembled to lead the creation of the next-generation government e-services using data captured by Singapore's smart nation infrastructure.

    These people, including project managers, will form part of Singapore's first Software Design and Development Centre of Excellence to be launched by mid-July.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    SG: Centre of excellence to be set up for developing new e-Services

    The government is assembling a team of IT experts and engineers who will be on call to develop digital services to better meet citizens' diverse needs and expectations as Singapore moves on the road to becoming a smart nation.

    To be launched by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) by mid-July, the new Software Design and Development Centre of Excellence (CoE) will allow the development of a strong core of coders and engineers capable of creating IT solutions within the Government. The team will be housed in a 13,000 sq ft research and testing lab at the Sandcrawler, Lucasfilm's Singapore campus at Fusionopolis. It will provide facilities for user research and experience testing and consultancy services to government agencies to deliver citizen-centric digital services.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    SG: New smart nation e-services development centre for government to launch by mid-July

    A team of coders and engineers is being assembled to lead the creation of the next-generation e-government services using data captured by Singapore's smart nation infrastructure.

    These people, including project managers, will form part of Singapore's first Software Design and Development Centre of Excellence to be launched by mid-July.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    SG: IDA to launch software design centre for Govt e-services in July

    The new Software Design and Development Centre of Excellence allows Government agencies to tap its capabilities to design online services that better cater to people's needs.

    Come mid-July, there will be a new Software Design and Development Centre of Excellence, and Government agencies can tap its research and data analytics capabilities to design online services to better meet citizens' needs, said Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    US: Watch Dr. Oz - and get a free online medical consult!

    Strike one up for the power of the mass media. In a bid to boost the public's perception of home-based telehealth visits, American Well and AskMD are offering 5,000 free online telemedicine visits, courtesy of Dr. Oz.

    The promotion debuted on the April 9 episode of the "Dr. Oz Show," prompting viewers to visit AskMD either via the web or through the App Store or Google Play. Once an AskMD consultation is completed, the user if given a brief summary of the visit and directed to American Well's Amwell platform, where he or she can select a doctor for a telemedicine session.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    US: Two Telehealth Bills Could Be Reintroduced in Congress

    Telehealth legislation is being debated across the country in state senates. A majority of these bills center on increasing reimbursement rates and better defining what services can and cannot be handled through a video meeting with a physician.

    This is also happening at the national level. According to HIMSS, there is a belief that Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Gregg Harper(R-MS) will reintroduce legislation from last Congress that aims to expand Medicare payments for telehealth services. Aside from their individual bills, the pair has worked together over the last few years on bipartisan legislation around telemedicine.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    US: Today, The Future Of Telemedicine In Texas Is In The Hands Of The Medical Board

    The Texas Medical Board is set to decide by Friday whether to adopt amendments to its guidelines that will limit the scope of telemedicine, decisions that industry proponents say will likely gut the practice. The decision marks the end of a nearly four year standoff between the board, which maintains that the practice must be reined in to ensure patient safety, and Dallas-based Teladoc, which is the largest provider of such services in America and defends its safeguards as more than sufficient.

    The back and forth began in 2011 over a three-word phrase: “face-to-face.” The medical board is concerned that telemedicine degrades the quality of the physician patient relationship. Teladoc, for instance, employs physicians who are semi-retired or taking time off from their practice. They’re assigned at random and do not have a prior relationship with the person their seeing.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    US: San Leandro, Calif., Launching Free Downtown Wi-Fi

    Bay Area town will light-up its new, free outdoor Wi-Fi network this summer.

    San Leandro, Calif., is taking the next step in its broadband evolution with a new, free high-speed outdoor Wi-Fi network.

    The city will light-up SL Wi-Fiber in a four-block radius that encompasses the core of its downtown area this summer. The project follows on the heels of “Lit San Leandro,” a fiber-optic loop that provides up to 10 GB Internet speeds for users.

  • Do
    Apr
    16
    2015
    US: Bloomington, Ill., Eyes 311 App

    City staff are beta testing a mobile app to allow residents to file repair requests and complaints.

    Like most cities, Bloomington, Ill., has its share of potholes, burned out street lights and other items it’s responsible for fixing. But instead of relying just on routine inspections and calls from residents about what’s broken, the city is investing in a mobile app so citizens can quickly report problems.

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    US: Quality Broadband an Important Tool for mHealth

    Some of the most followed news in the healthcare industry is new legislation being debated across the country that focuses on telehealth reimbursement and expanding or limiting the services allowed. Positive outcomes to these bills will help increase the adoption rate telemedicine and mobile health strategies.

    However, there are other forms of legislation and initiatives that could have a major impact on the future of mobile devices and telemedicine in healthcare. Some of them are not directly related to healthcare, but will create a huge splash. One of these areas is broadband expansion into rural areas to close the “connectivity gap.”

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    US patients want to get digital with doctors

    As digital health becomes more of a reality, a recent survey of over 2,000 US adults finds that most of us -- 84% to be exact -- see doctors who provide patient online portals.

    One of the survey's most surprising findings is that 61% of older adults -- aged 55 and up -- access their health information through the portal, while just 45% of their younger counterparts in the 18 to 54 age group do so.

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    US: Iowa: Telemedicine Already Here

    Most people think telemedicine is reserved for the future, but it’s time is coming a lot faster than people think. In Cedar Rapids, it will be used full time in at least one place by the end of the month. Mercy Medical Center is working with Rockwell Collins to link up care providers with employees using all the tools that doctors normally have, except the very cold hands.

    “We have cameras that can look to do skin exams, we can look in the mouth,” said MercyCare Business Health Solutions Director Dr. Tim Sagers.

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    US: HIMSS15: Can interoperability go from idea to reality?

    Interoperability is one of those words you can't avoid if you work in the health IT industry, and its use is only going to grow as 2015 wears on.

    It's a controversial topic, with most agreeing it is essential if healthcare technology is to move forward, but others adding that it won't be achieved in the current healthcare environment. Many are calling on industry and government to work together to create better transparency and interoperability.

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    CA: Ontario: New technology helps patients with home care

    New technology that notifies the North East CCAC when a patient is admitted to hospital and notifies hospitals that a patient is receiving home care services is smoothing patient transitions and enhancing quality patient care.

    Funded by eHealth Ontario, the new e-Notification initiative began rolling out across the northeast on January 29th. As of March 31st, the North East CCAC and 24 Northeastern Ontario Network (NEON) hospitals have been ‘turned on’ to this information-sharing project.

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Permanent Aadhaar centres in 872 Nada Kacheris: CM

    The State government has launched the process of establishing permanent Aadhaar enrolment centres at Nada Kacheris, including Karnataka One, Bengaluru One, Mysuru One, Belagavi One, here on Wednesday.

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated a permanent Aadhaar enrolment centre at Mysuru One in Gokulam third stage at a programme organised by the Unique Identification Authority of India, Regional Office, Bengaluru and Karnataka Resident Data Hub, Centre for e-Governance, e-Governance Department, Government of Karnataka.

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Aadhaar Centres in All GPs Soon: CM

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah inaugurated a permanent Aadhaar enrolment centre here on Wednesday.

    He said around 4.77 crore (78 per cent) of the population has been covered under Aadhaar. The CM directed the officials to cover the rest of the population at the earliest.

    The government has appointed a registrar under the e-governance scheme for this and clarified that Aadhaar with fingerprint impression cannot be forged or duplicated, the CM said.

  • Mi
    Apr
    15
    2015
    Romania govt approves strategy for Digital Agenda 2020

    Romania's Government approved through a decision the 'National strategy for the Digital Agenda for Romania – 2020' that was prepared by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society. The document comprises elements of the Digital Agenda for Europe that were adapted to Romania's situation. The digital agenda is one of the seven flagship initiatives of the strategy Europe 2020.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    US: Mayo Clinic survey: Few patients have experience with video calls

    Comfort with tech, distance from provider among roadblocks

    Patients support use of telehealth from home via videoconferencing, but hurdles such as the consumer's age and distance from a clinic remain, according to a study published this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

    Researchers from the Mayo Clinic surveyed 263 patients to find out if they would be willing to meet with a provider via telemedicine using their own communication tools. Of those, 38 percent said they were ''very likely'' to see their provider through a video chat, and 33.8 percent said they were ''not at all likely.''

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    IN: National Digital Literacy Mission to be launched in Jammu and Kashmir soon

    In order to achieve 100 per cent digital literacy, the Jammu and Kashmir government will soon roll out a 'National Digital Literacy Mission'.

    "The state government is set to roll out National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) to achieve the goal of Digital J&K," Secretary, Information Technology Department, Saurabh Bhagat said here today.

    The programme would be rolled out through Common Service Centres (CSCs) and other training partners to impart training to 55,000 persons in five selected blocks of Anantnag, Baramulla, Pulwama, Shopain, and Doda districts in the first phase, he said.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    If Singapore can, so can India

    Smart cities are built around resource planning, effective governance and an easy connect between citizens and government

    A smart city is not just about accessibility and next-gen telecom networks. It is, in essence, about citizens being able to ‘talk’ to the government effortlessly, and vice-versa.

    A smart city is about e-governance, the e-connect between executives and residents, efficient transportation and traffic management, and efficient civic administration, whether it’s water supply, power, waste disposal or safety. In a smart city, residents live and work in a clean, safe and healthy environment. The Centre has identified certain parameters that will help build a smart city. It is indeed an ambitious project and calls for rigorous planning and clearly defined implementation guidelines.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    IN: West Bengal first state to make online payment mandatory: Mamata

    Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that West Bengal is the first in the country to make online payment mandatory for treasuries.

    Ms Banerjee tweeted, “I am happy to share with all of you that West Bengal has become the first state in the country to make all payments mandatory by the state treasuries through online system under the e-governance platform.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: City to get Permanent Aadhaar Enrolment Centre

    CM Siddharamaiah to launch at MysuruOne Centre in Gokulam tomorrow

    Now, the citizens of Karnataka need not wait to get their Aadhaar Enrolment done. As per the Central Government’s Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Project, Centre for e-Governance, Government of Karnataka, in association with the District Administration, announces the launch of Permanent Aadhaar Enrolment Centres across Karnataka at all Nadakacheris, BengaluruOne and KarnatakaOne. This initiative will be launched tomorrow (Apr. 8) by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah at 10 am at MysuruOne Centre in MUDA Complex, Gokulam 3rd Stage, here.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    PH: Iloilo police prov’l office launches website

    The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) is now just a click away after it launched its website on Monday, April 6.

    IPPO Director P/SSupt. Cornelio Salinas described the website as a channel that will bring the police provincial office closer to the people and to the society as a whole, thereby creating a virtual police community relation.

    The site provides a comprehensive overview of IPPO’s mission, history, accomplishments, plans and programs, crime prevention and safety tips, and press releases, among others. It will also offer not only a user friendly experience and appeal but promises to be an interactive medium where people across the globe can like, share and e-mail their questions and suggestions.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    IN: DeitY for adoption of open source software

    OSS to be preferred option in e-governance tenders

    The department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) has come up with a policy on adoption of open source software (OSS) for government of India. The key objective of the policy is to provide a framework for rapid and effective adoption of OSS; to ensure strategic control in e-governance applications and systems from a long term perspective and to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of projects.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    IN: Meghalaya: East Khasi Hills eyes e-District status

    East Khasi Hills is eying the e-District status with a plan to provide 11 categories of services to citizens via e-governance.

    In this regard, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner, Sanjay Goyal chaired a meeting of the district level task force with NIC and other service providers on Monday to discuss the speedy implementation of certain services to the people.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    Forget 'Make in India', try 'design thinking'

    How do India's current concerns measure up to the concept "design thinking", much in vogue in the world of business? The country has just been aggressively launched into a campaign to "make in India" in order to overcome its manufacturing deficit. This is unexceptionable - but is India trying to board a train that has already left? At a time when value added through large-scale (read commoditised) manufacturing is lagging behind, the more desirable aim, the argument goes, should be to get the maximum out of the notion "serviced out of India". Not only does it tie up with what India is good at, value added through services in the United States, a key market for India, is about three times higher than through manufacturing.

    But to get the best value out of services, or for that matter any offering, it is necessary to think things out in a comprehensive way. And to make that happen, what the most progressive firms are now adopting is "design thinking". New Infosys chief Vishal Sikka has indicated that this is the route that his firm should follow in order to get out of the "downward spiral" in which the entire Indian software sector is caught.

  • Di
    Apr
    14
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Govt offices to go paperless soon

    The State government is all set to go paperless with the much talked about e-office project.

    The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is developing the ‘e-office’ software with specifications required for the implementation of the project in the State.

    Though making government offices go paperless has been in the talks for over a decade, since S M Krishna’s tenure as chief minister, not much was done.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    AE: Dubai residency office opens more self-service kiosks

    Following the success of its Amer self-service kiosks, which provide customers with prompt updates about the visa services and status round the clock, the General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) has set up more booths in different locations around the city.

    Amer self-service booths are now available at Dubai International Airport, Ministry of Labour office, Sharjah Airport, the GDRFA-Dubai headquarters and its external offices.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    AE: Dubai: GDRFA launches self-service kiosks

    The General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA-Dubai) has started providing the public with easy and quick services through an Amer self-services kiosk, that provides customers with prompt GDRFA-related enquiries and services around the clock.

    The kiosks are spread in different areas and places allowing customers to follow up on the processing of their transactions. The Director General of GDRFA-Dubai, Maj Gen Mohammed Ahmad Al Marri, told the media that the kiosks “allow customers to perform a variety of operations without the need to visit GDRFA’s counters including applying for and enquiring about visa status as well as printing residence visa and other types of visas.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    AE: Dubai: More self-service residency e-kiosks set to curb queues

    Users can check status or print residency/visit visas among other services

    In a bid to promote self-service, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA-Dubai) has installed several electronic kiosks in new locations.

    The Amer self-service kiosk allows customers to access the GDRFA’s e-services such as conducting residency and entry transactions and inquiring about sponsorship files.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    AU: Digital Transformation Office lists its e-services demands

    New Govt transactions will need to meet ‘standards’.

    The federal government’s freshly minted Digital Transformation Office has issued the list of expectations agencies will need to meet before they launch any major new electronic services.

    The ‘standards’ - borrowed from the UK Government’s own service design criteria - will apply to all new and redesigned services owned or partly-owned by Commonwealth agencies that account for more than 50,000 transactions per year.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    AE: Sharjah Airport International Free Zone launches upgraded website

    Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE) has launched an upgraded version of its website with new interactive features that make it easier than ever for clients to set up businesses in the free zone.

    "In this era of global connectivity, a website is like a window into the organization that is why we have strived to make it a true representation of SAIF Zone in a user-friendly manner", said Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, director of Sharjah Airport Free Zone (SAIF ZONE) and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA), after the official launch of the newly revamped website of the zone.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    US: Pennsylvania: The Rising Cost of 911 Emergency Service

    Pennsylvania's decades-old system for funding emergency call centers hasn't been generating enough money to keep up with operating costs. It's one of the few things that just about everyone seems to agree government should be doing. But there's less consensus when it comes to figuring out how to pay the bill for making sure a call to 911 results in emergency responders rushing to help.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    Paperless Office is a Distant Reality in India: Susheel John, Kodak Alaris

    What does Kodak Alaris specialize in from a technology standpoint? Are you still part of Kodak?

    Kodak Alaris is a new company formed out of the diversification that happened at Kodak. Kodak had three businesses - Personalized imaging, document imaging and commercial printing group. As Kodak came out of chapter 11, they decided to focus on the commercial printing group. The other two businesses - personalized imaging and document imaging (enterprise / B2B side) were consolidated under Kodak Alaris. UK based Kodak Pension Plan (KPP) bought these businesses as debt settlement from Kodak. Today Kodak Alaris, run by KPP is independent of the parent company Kodak.

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    Success of ASEAN integration hinges on interconnectivity

    1. ASEAN states are grouped in three clusters based on income and internet access
    2. Report advises extending internet infrastructure to marginalised communities
    3. Report will be launched in each ASEAN state to influence infrastructure planning

    Acquiring international bandwidth, creating a timetable for an upgrade and extending computer networks to underserved areas will be essential for governments to build a digital infrastructure for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

  • Mo
    Apr
    13
    2015
    ZA: CoJ grows Smart Citizen Programme

    The City of Johannesburg’s drive to accelerate the use of technology as a means to facilitate and promote learning and literacy received a major boost at the launch of the e-Learning project on Friday, 27 March 2015, at the Sandton Library.

    This launch coincided with SA Library Week. The theme “Connect @ your Library” speaks to the Smart Citizen Programme that will see the City, not only connecting people to the library, but also linking them to the global world through WIFI and Internet access at libraries.

  • So
    Apr
    12
    2015
    This is how Google is planning to ‘digitize India’

    Modi government's Digital India is an ambitious umbrella programme that aims to bring in a technology-based transformation/revolution in the country. So, now when the company is gearing up for the technology revolution, how could the Internet giant Google sit silent on it. Be informed that the US-headquartered company has collaborated with consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in order to secure the Digital India projects as well as large enterprise deals. This information was revealed in an Economic Times report.

    With this partnership, Google wants to push itself into large e-governance projects and improve the sales for its cloud services in India. This agreement is an extension of a global deal signed in October last year.

  • So
    Apr
    12
    2015
    IN: Govt portal for facilitating vocational training launched

    The government today launched the web portal of National Council on Vocational Training, which aims to improve delivery of vocational training and benefit over two million students in a year.

    "This portal will facilitate over two million vocational training students every year. There are over 11,000 ITIs in the country where over one million students get admission every year," a senior official said.

  • So
    Apr
    12
    2015
    IN: West Bengal first to make online payment must for treasuries: Mamata

    West Bengal is the first state in the country to make online payment mandatory for treasuries, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said.

    "I am happy to share with all of you that West Bengal has become the first state in the country to make all payments mandatorily by the state treasuries through online system under the e-governance platform," Banerjee said.

  • So
    Apr
    12
    2015
    IN: eGovWatch: Government asks pensioners to link Aadhaar numbers with banks

    All central government pensioners should register their Aadhaar numbers with banks in order to avoid any problems faced by them in getting pension, the Centre has said.

    “All the pensioners or family pensioners are, therefore, advised to get themselves and their family members registered for Aadhaar and furnish this information to the pension disbursing authority,” an order issued by Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said.

  • So
    Apr
    12
    2015
    US: 2 telemedicine bills set to return to Congress

    Two telehealth bills proposed in 2013 and 2014 are set to be reintroduced to Congress, putting legislators back on track to discuss giving providers more opportunities to use telemedicine and be reimbursed for it.

    The bills, orchestrated by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), had been delayed due to Congress' work on the Energy and Commerce Committee's work on telemedicine initiatives. But officials at the American Telemedicine Association, which had a hand in developing both bills, said they'll soon be brought back.

  • So
    Apr
    12
    2015
    AU: Telstra Health acquires telemedicine provider

    Telstra Health recently announced the purchase of the business assets of Medibank’s Anywhere Healthcare, one of Australia’s specialist telemedicine solutions.

    Established by Medibank in 2013, Anywhere Health offers people in regional and remote areas of Australia or people with physical constraint access to specialist medical practitioners and other allied health professionals over video conference.

  • So
    Apr
    12
    2015
    IN: Punjab: Chief secy for timely implementation of e-governance projects

    Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal on Monday held a video-conferencing session with all deputy commissioners (DCs) to review the progress of the implementation of various e-governance projects.

    He issued directions to complete all pending e-governance projects in a time-bound manner so the essential public services could be delivered to the people.

  • Sa
    Apr
    11
    2015
    US: Snapchat Gets Government Requests for User Data

    Snapchat disclosed that more than 400 government requests seeking user data arrived from November through February.

    In “most cases,” the content-sharing app Snapchat says it deletes messages from its servers after recipients have viewed them. But one of the exceptions is when police or authorities come calling. On Thursday, Snapchat disclosed that more than 400 government requests seeking user data arrived from November through February. Major consumer-technology companies have made such “transparency reports” a norm over the past couple of years to highlight their efforts to push back against government overreach. For instance, Facebook received nearly 15,000 requests in the last six months of 2014 from U.S. law enforcement but didn't end up disclosing data in 11% of cases.

  • Sa
    Apr
    11
    2015
    US: What is Your City's Crime Data Transparency Score?

    Crime data is among the most wanted data sets, but many cities don't bother. How does your city rank?

    Of all the government data released through today’s open data movement, crime data is among the most requested and most influential. The cities most committed to opening crime data work with their law enforcement arms to routinely collect data and post it to a government website or open data portal. And citizens want to know about the dangerous and nefarious things happening around them, which is why a crime data aggregator like SpotCrime.com gets 1 million hits each month.

  • Sa
    Apr
    11
    2015
    Free WhatsApp Voice Calls in UAE: TRA clarifies what's allowed

    Country’s telecom regulator issues statement to Emirates 24|7 on who can offer VoIP services and how

    Even as Facebook-owned mobile messaging company WhatsApp now allows all Android users with its latest app to make free in-app voice calls, the service remains restricted in the UAE.

    As Emirates 24|7 reported last week, at least one local operator has confirmed blocking the service on its network, citing regulatory compliance even as the other operator did not respond to our query.

  • Sa
    Apr
    11
    2015
    IN: Hospitals go the virtual way as health apps gain popularity

    An increasing number of hospitals are now using customised and popular mobile applications to reach out to patients.

    These mobile apps are also helping patients to seek appointments, get ready reckoners and get laboratory reports on their smartphones, saving them a visit to the hospital.

    Max Healthcare launched Max MyHealth application for Android and iOS users last month. The app provides patients immediate access to doctors, emergency services, cost transparency and personal healthcare. The app can be also used to book and pay for an annual health check-up, home-care services, cancel appointments, find directions to the nearest Max hospital, view lab reports and use payment option for non-paid appointments using multiple payment methods.

  • Sa
    Apr
    11
    2015
    US: Telemedicine Tapped To Help Diagnose, Treat ADD

    A recent study reveals the potential for telepsychiatry in helping children with ADD in underserved regions.

    As telemedicine takes stronger hold throughout the medical community, it is expanding into new and exciting directions. As Health IT Outcomes recently noted, we are on the verge of a telehealth tipping point.

  • Sa
    Apr
    11
    2015
    IN: Redeeming the future of our cities through GIS

    In Maharashtra, a township that is spread over 10,000 acres is being developed with the objective of striking a balance between cosmopolitan architecture and environmentally friendly surroundings. The master plan has already won the Award for Excellence 2005, given by the Congress for New Urbanism (USA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects Award, 2005. One of the salient features of this city is the use of GIS technology at the earliest possible stages of design, planning, and construction.

    The Indian government, in its 10 point agenda, has emphasised on infrastructure development. Providing excellent infrastructure—modern, clean and sustainable cities; a cutting-edge railway network; new age ports; good roads, 24×7 electricity and water is a top priority for the government. Owing to rapid urbanisation and the growing population, our metros and tier 1 cities are already under significant ‘resource’ pressure. However, this is also a tremendous opportunity for cities like Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Pune, Ludhiana, who have emerged as destinations for doing business.

  • Sa
    Apr
    11
    2015
    IN: Kerala: Cloud Servers to Host State e-governance Applications

    In a major stride by the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM), the state would become the first to implement the Cloud data technology as per the guidelines laid down by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY).

    The Cloud system will host and co-host e-governance applications of various departments thereby reducing data storage at the departmental level.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    IN: Trafficked Women, Orphans Finally Get an Aadhar of Existence in Tamil Nadu

    For most of us, getting an Aadhar card is like putting the final arrow in our quiver of official documents. For women who have been rescued from brothels and rehabilitated, orphans who have found their way to homes far removed from their origins and the mentally destitute—it’s a portal to legitimacy for a life that’s beyond mere existence.

    In a path-breaking initiative, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) recently held a special Aadhar camp for women who had lost their pasts, for orphaned and abandoned children and for destitutes diagnosed with psychiatric problems. Thrilled at the prospect of getting an Aadhar Card and some form of legitimate citizenship at last, close to 500 women and children with the help of 10 NGOs came to the camp at Perambur in Chennai. “Just doing the registration and biometrics alone took us a long time, so we will have to come back another day,” said one of the officials.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    GB: NHS is now embracing tech

    New technologies are transforming hospitals across the UK.

    The rise of big data and the Internet of Things is creating fresh opportunities for clinicians, while computers are becoming faster and more mobile, making it easier for healthcare professionals to get the job done quicker.

    However, it’s not just new physical products which are making a difference (see our ‘Top three product picks’ for some of the latest healthcare tech from London’s E-Health event in March) – but digital innovations are changing the way the health sector operates.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    IN: Sikkim government taps e-governance to make it 'smart state'

    Sikkim government is envisaging to develop the state as a 'smart state' through its various e-governance initiatives which remain a key focus area for Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, a CMO official said on Sunday.

    "Sikkim Government is working towards strengthening e-governance and has extensive plans. Our Chief Minister has been taking keen interest in it and the target is to provide updated services and ensure greater accountability of the government," Anand Madia, Secretary (e-governance), Chief Minister's Office, said on the sidelines of a conference.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    AE: Abu Dhabi systems and information centre showcases its achievements at the bahrain international e-government forum 2015

    The pioneering ict body showcases several of its leading e-government platforms including its spatial data infrastructure and abu dhabi contact centre

    Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), the government entity responsibly for the emirate's ITC agenda, recently showcased its pioneering efforts in enabling the digital transformation of Government services and delivery through a number of innovative added-value multiple digital channels during the Bahrain International e-Government Forum 2015, last week.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    US: New York: Lowville to join the Lewis County government efficiency plan

    The village has decided to be part of the Lewis County government efficiency plan, but was apprehensive about joining the county’s effort.

    Lewis County is working on a government efficiency plan to be submitted to the state Division of Budget by June 1.

    County Director of Planning Frank J. Pace said 18 municipalities, including the county, have decided to be part of the plan. The plan must show shared services or consolidations that lead to savings for taxpayers.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    SA: Citizens, expats welcome new Absher portal decision

    Citizens and expatriates alike have welcomed the Ministry of Interior (MoI) decision for a new version of the Absher portal, which will include electronic services provided to citizens and residents as well as news and events of all sectors of the ministry.

    Mohammed Al-Asiri, a spokesman at the MoI’s National Information Center (NIC), on Thursday announced that the new version of the Absher portal will be launched within the next few weeks.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    India backs open source software for e-governance projects

    India has said it will use open source software in all e-governance projects, though it did not rule out the use of proprietary software to meet specialized requirements.

    A policy document released by the federal government over the weekend makes it mandatory for all new e-governance projects and upgrades of existing legacy systems by federal agencies and participating states to first consider free and open source software (OSS) alternatives.

  • Fr
    Apr
    10
    2015
    IN: Government makes a pitch for open source software in IT tenders

    With an aim to reduce project costs, the government has decided to give preference to open source software (OSS) over proprietary in e-governance procurements.

    "The government of India shall endeavour to adopt open source software in all e-governance systems implemented by various government organisations as a preferred option in comparison to closed source software (CSS)," states the policy titled 'Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India'.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    Thailand gears up to go digital

    As the government sharpens it focus on ICT, a digital drive is taking shape in Thailand, underpinned by plans that include incentives for investors and improved communications infrastructure.

    While the push to accelerate ICT development in Thailand remains at an early stage, several key targets have already been announced, including plans to extend internet access to all households and businesses by 2017 and boost storage capacity.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    ZW: Govt Finalising Revised ICT Policy - Mandiwanzira

    Government is working on a policy that will ensure telecommunications companies share infrastructure such as towers where possible to save their companies and the country millions of dollars, Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira has said.

    Speaking at an ICT Suppliers of Zimbabwe annual general meeting in Harare on Tuesday, Minister Mandiwanzira said it was nonsensical for telecommunication companies not to share infrastructure and such greed was costing the country millions of dollars.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    Top 10 Reasons Telemedicine is Good

    According to the Mayo Clinic, telemedicine most commonly refers to “the communication with or among a patient’s health care team via video connection, secure text messaging or another platform rather than in person. It can be used to schedule appointments, answer questions, handle routine checkups, allow physicians in different locations to consult about a patient’s case, collect vital signs or even to help examine and diagnose patients. To protect patient privacy, secure communication methods are used.”

    Initially, telemedicine was created as a means to provide care to patients in rural areas who did not have easy access to hospitals with specialists available. Now however, telemedicine has evolved to bring even more benefits and advantages to patient care.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    IN: Andhra Pradesh: Apollo Nellore unit to introduce telemedicine

    Telemedicine facility is being introduced at the Apollo Specialty Hospitals, Nellore, to help the patients in remote locations to reduce their costs of treatment and expenditure on medical travel.

    Apollo unit head Dr Vishnu Vardhan said that having been recently inaugurated, their hospital here was celebrating the World Health Day celebrations by taking the medical help closer to the people in all respects.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    Rwanda tasked with pioneering eHealth for East Africa

    The republic of Rwanda, reputed to be East Africa’s hub for technology, has been recently selected to be the regions center of excellence in e-health, biomedical engineering, health vaccines and immunization logistics. The appointment was made by health experts from the East African Community (EAC) who recently met in Uganda for the fifth annual EAC Health and Scientific Conference.

    E-health is an evolving innovative practice involving the use of electronic processes and communication to promote healthcare. First appearing on the scene in 1999, it is closely related to health informatics, cyber medicine and m-health (mobile health). Being a low cost and easily accessible service, it continues to gather momentum and popularity across the globe.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    IN: Maharashtra government to initiate biometric records of all orphanages

    To ensure that grants disbursed by it reach the needy, the state government will initiate biometric records of all NGO run orphanages, in addition to the ones run by the state. For the same, the government has decided to call for a meeting of all the respective members of the Legislative Council (LC) and experts, to discuss the condition of orphanages in Maharashtra.

    In response to a query brought up during question hour in the LC, Vidya Thakur, minister of state for women and child welfare said that the state didn't have records of the numbers of children in NGO run orphanages, despite the state having disbursed the monthly grant to them.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    IN: Kerala: Kochi: Boost for District Collector’s online service projects

    The formation of an e-Governance Innovation Fund (e-GIF) declared in the State budget may give wings to some ambitious proposals chalked out by the district administration for efficient online delivery of public services.

    Rs. 1 crore for district

    The e-GIF with a corpus of Rs. 14 crore, with Rs. 1 crore for each district, will be administered by a committee chaired by the Chief Secretary while the district committees will be headed by the District Collector M.G. Rajamanickam.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    QA: e-government panel reviews work progress

    The Qatar e-government 2020 Steering Committee continued in March its evaluation and follow-up meetings with ministers to review progress in implementation of Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy.

  • Do
    Apr
    09
    2015
    Qatar makes progress on e-Government targets

    The Steering Committee tasked with implementing the Qatar e-Government 2020 Strategy has made “significant” progress in fulfilling its scheduled targets, review meetings have found.

    Chaired by HE the Minister of Information and Communications Technology Dr Hessa Sultan al-Jaber, the latest review meetings were held by the committee over the past two weeks with HE the Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi, HE the Minister of Development Planning and Statistics Dr Saleh Mohamed Salem al-Nabit and HE the Minister of of Public Health Abdullah bin Khalid al-Qahtani After the sessions, it has been agreed to establish joint task work groups, under the committee’s supervision, to step up the pace of project implementation.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    US: New York: DANC, FDRHPO receive award for developing telemedicine network

    Providing health care from a distance is gaining traction in the north country, thanks to a pair of nonprofits that formed a strong bond to ensure cutting-edge telemedicine services are available to patients.

    In recognition of their efforts to help build an expansive telemedicine network across the north country, the Development Authority of the North Country and the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization were honored with a Collaboration Award on Tuesday during the 2015 Nonprofit Awards ceremony held at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. The Watertown-based organizations were among four partnerships in Central and Northern New York that received the award during the seventh annual event hosted by M&T Bank. The other partnership from the north country that received an award was River Hospital, Alexandria Bay, and the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    US: Washington and Oregon: Connect Online with the Doctor through Providence Health eXpress

    The ubiquitous phrase ‘there’s an app for that’ even pertains to health care. Now, you can receive the highest quality of personalized medical care in a convenient and affordable method through Providence’s Health eXpress.

    Health eXpress is a telehealth program offered in Washington and Oregon by Providence Health & Services. Patients are connected with doctors and nurse practitioners through face-to-face secure video technology using a computer, smartphone or tablet. Health eXpress has proven to be accessible and expedient for patients who are seeking a diagnosis or treatment for minor medical concerns.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    US: Audit: VA telehealth program is missing veterans who really need it

    An audit of the Veterans Health Administration's 12-year-old Home Telehealth Program indicates the VHA has missed opportunities to enroll more veterans who could benefit most from the program - and could have delayed more expensive institutional care for some 59,000 veterans.

    The report, issued on March 9 and analyzing the VHA's program in 2012 and 2013, found that the number of non-institutional care (NIC) veterans enrolled in the telehealth program grew by 13 percent in 2012, but declined by 4 percent in 2013. Conversely, in 2013, the number of veterans enrolled under chronic care management (CCM) guidelines jumped 51 percent, and those admitted under health promotion/disease prevention (HPDP) guidelines rose by 37 percent.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    US: Rite Aid’s New Telemedicine Kiosks in Select Ohio Pharmacies Allow Customers to Consult with Physicians for a Nominal Fee

    Pathologists may want to explore the opportunity to be tele-consultants and be paid for helping consumers understand their lab test results and other clinical findings

    First it was rapid medical clinics in retail pharmacies. Next came health kiosks with information for consumers in pharmacies. Now a national pharmacy chain is upping the ante by installing enclosed health kiosks in their stores that deliver telemedicine services, thus allowing customers to speak with physicians and other medical providers in private from within the pharmacy.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    US: Health Care: NYS Adopts Amendments to Telehealth Delivery Legislation (4/15)

    On March 13, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law an amendment to the telehealth delivery legislation (Chapter 550) (A-9129) made effective January 1, 2015. The law was drafted and proposed by the NYS Department of Health and made significant amendments (reference: http://www.bsk.com/media-center/3068-health-law-wire-new-telehealth-legislation-proposed-new-york-2016-2-15).

    The amendment extends the effective date to January 1, 2016 and adjusts the application to policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2016. Meanwhile the commissioner of health is authorized to issue, amend or repeal any regulations as necessary to implement the telehealth delivery legislation.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    US: mHealth masters: At Geisinger, mHealth begins with the patient

    Chanin Wendling, MBA, is director of eHealth in the Division of Applied Research and Clinical Informatics at Pennsylvania's Geisinger Health System. She has developed key strategies that leverage mobile and portal technologies to drive digital patient engagement and facilitate the provider's ability to deliver quality patient care, including smartphones for providers, text message appointment reminders, iPads to collect patient data and drive patient engagement and mobile apps for colonoscopy and lumbar spine surgery.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    IN: eGovWatch: PM Narendra Modi pitches for mobile governance

    Pitching for his ambitious Digital India Programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the country needs to move towards mobile governance, which would not only ensure transparency but also bring accountability.

    “We are giving importance to Digital India and want to move towards mobile governance, by which good governance will come naturally and there will be transparency and accountability,” he said.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    IN: Haryana Urban Development Authority launches e-governance initiative

    Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has asked all its allottees to become part of the e-governance initiative launched in its Estate Offices so as to enable them to see details as well as status and make payment of their property online.

    A HUDA spokesman said that allottees could collect their user ID as well as password for their plots from the Estate Offices’ single window. The information can be collected online at www.huda.gov.in. They can also register their mobile number on the portal and get the information through an SMS alert.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    IN: Kerala: E-governance project to be extended in Kozhikode

    The state government's e-governance project has received a shot in the arm in the district with the Kerala State IT Mission and Akshaya deciding to extend e-district facilities to more locations in Kozhikode in a couple of months. As part of the move, more number of Akshaya centres will be opened at different parts of the district in accordance with population density.

    Residents will be able to access e-district facilities from 33 more Akshaya centres adding to the current 165 centres here.

  • Di
    Apr
    07
    2015
    SA: Passport Department plans full switch to e-services

    The Passport Department has plans to switch completely to electronic work from the traditional paperwork.

    Speaking to the local media at the opening of new lounges for issuing and renewing Saudi passports at the new building in Riyadh, Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al-Yahya, director general of the Passport Department, said: “All departments will switch to electronic processing. This means that employees will no longer handle transactions. Employees will only direct the customers concerning the procedures and ensure that they are carried out correctly.”

  • Di
    Apr
    07
    2015
    Telemedicine: The Biggest Digital Health Trend of 2015 (Here's Why)

    Last year saw exponential growth for the digital health market with funding in the first three quarters alone surpassing $5 billion, according to Mashable – close to double of what was invested in all of 2013 – and numerous research analysts have been predicting that 2015 will see a huge increase in the integration of telemedicine.

    Research firm Kalorama Information named telemedicine as one of the top five health trends for the year while IDC Health Insights projected that 65 percent of transactions with healthcare organizations will be mobile by 2018.

  • Di
    Apr
    07
    2015
    US: Tennessee: Broadband bills put on hold

    Legislative efforts to extend community-based fiber optic networks were placed on hold in the General Assembly Tuesday.

    The state House Business and Utilities subcommittee tabled the measure (HB1303) to allow municipal utilities to provide fiber optic services beyond their current service area until the January 2016 calendar.

    In the Senate Commerce and Labor committee, bill sponsor state Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) placed the measure (S1134) on hold due to a lack of support among state lawmakers.

  • Di
    Apr
    07
    2015
    US: Missouri: Patient-doctor relationship increasingly forged through computer screens

    Missouri’s largest health insurer recently launched a new online patient-doctor interface, a move that reflects the growing importance of telehealth as the industry looks to curb costs and enhance patient access.

    More patients than ever are seeing their doctors through computer screens and smartphones. It’s a trend that shows no signs of subsiding as hospitals and insurance companies continue to roll out the latest technological advances.

  • Di
    Apr
    07
    2015
    KE: Konza Technopolis Unveils Smart Technology City Plan

    Konza City Technopolis is looking at developing its Phase 1 infrastructure through smart technology to reap the benefits of innovation and connectivity.

    In a demonstration of expanding technology to bridge infrastructure operations and improve service delivery to citizens, the Techno City has embarked on development of Phase 1 to world-class smart city building standards using smart technology solutions.

  • Di
    Apr
    07
    2015
    IN: Tamil Nadu: Good response to e-governance project

    On an average, each PACS receives 10 to 15 applications from the people seeking income, community, nativity, family’s first graduate, destitute woman certificates.

    Gone were the days when people spent time, money and energy for getting essential certificates such as income, community and nativity from the revenue department.

    Now, they get certificates within a week from the date of submitting details at the Common Service Centres, established in all Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) as part of e-governance project of the State government. Moreover, except for some specific requirements, there is no need for them to visit the offices of Village Administrative Officer (VAO), Revenue Inspector (RI) or Tahsildar to get the certificates.

  • Mi
    Apr
    08
    2015
    AE: UAQ government to introduce 100 e-services

    Signs deal with Tacme to provide e-solutions to the UAQ residents

    The Umm Al Quwain Government has signed an agreement with IT solutions provider Tacme to introduce 100 e-government services as part of the wider UAE government’s initiative to have access of e-services for the residents across the country.

    Tacme – subsidiary of Mawarid Finance – has started implementing the project to upgrade the system in Umm Al Qaiwain.

  • Di
    Apr
    07
    2015
    US: DoT, USDA to stop kicking the IT consolidation can down the road

    The Agriculture and the Transportation departments are part of a growing number of agencies on a consolidation binge.

    USDA was one of the first to reduce the number of email systems, and now it has its sights set on the next level down of redundant IT applications.

    At DoT, Richard McKinney, the department's chief information officer, said he wants to get all of the components out of the commodity IT services business.

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    US: Crafting a telehealth strategy for the C-suite

    "Healthcare is going to change and telehealth is going to be an enabling component of that."

    What, exactly, is a "game-changing telehealth strategy?"

    To Jay Backstrom and Jeff Jones, it isn't something that's tacked onto a health system's operations, like an extra room or the obnoxious uncle at a wedding. It's part and parcel with the system's organizational strategy of making healthcare more efficient and less costly.

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    US: Health IT groups praise interoperability roadmap

    Last-minute comments are rolling in from healthcare IT advocates on the Office of the National Coordinator's Interoperability Roadmap; the deadline to submit is tomorrow.

    The Consumer Partnership for eHealth and Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) both recently wrote to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo with praise for the document, as well as recommendations for what can be changed, expanded and clarified.

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    US: New York: Closing the Digital Divide with Payphones

    An innovative solution will bring high-speed Wi-Fi to all New York City residents.

    Cities are now dotted with myriad sensors and digital devices. Besides traditional traffic and security cameras, many cities have sensors to detect gunfire and still other devices to monitor vacated parking spots. As this network of digital, Internet-connected devices (i.e., the Internet of Things) grows, city officials are finding new ways to repurpose and incorporate more traditional assets.

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    US: Elections Need a Tech Reboot

    U.S. elections have not kept pace with the opportunities afforded by technology.

    In 2002 Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, a federal law that provided states more than $3 billion to modernize their elections, including upgrading their punch card and lever-style voting machines to electronic or optical scan voting machines and replacing antiquated voter registration lists with computerized statewide systems. Unfortunately these systems are now more than a decade old and reaching the end of their useful life. However, most states have not budgeted for replacements. The challenge is so grave that the Presidential Commission on Election Administration labeled this situation an “impending crisis.”

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    IN: National optical fibre network renamed as BharatNet

    The government has digitally connected 20,000 village panchayats across the country under the Digital India programme and has decided to overhaul the national broadband project programme, renaming it BharatNet.

    The news comes a day after a committee set up by the PMO to analyse the structure of the national optical fibre network ( NOFN), now BharatNet, which was initiated by the previous UPA regime, submitted its recommendations to the telecom and minister IT Ravi Shankar Prasad.

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    IN: CCI rejects complaint against CSC e-governance Services

    The Competition Commission has rejected charges of abuse of dominant position by CSC e-governance Services India in market for providing electronic services under an initiative of the central government.

    CSC has the responsibility of monitoring a project related to Common Service Centre scheme, which is meant for providing various e-services at the village level.

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    Government's Digital India Initiative Brings High Speed Internet To 50,000 Villages

    Government of India's novel initiative known as 'Digital India' is an umbrella programme coordinated by DeitY (Department of Electronics and Information Technology), which pulls together many existing schemes and restructures them to be implemented in a synchronised manner. Under the Digital India program, the Government had set out to bring digital infrastructure as a utility to every citizen in India. One vision area for this was bringing high speed internet to thousands of cities and villages in the country. Under the public internet access program now renamed as 'BharatNet', the government is aiming to coverage 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats by the end of 2016. And guess what, the Government has already become successful in rolling out the fibre optic network across 50,000 panchayats by March 31, 2015.

  • Mo
    Apr
    06
    2015
    US: 911 in Two Washington Counties May Receive Text Messages in 2016

    New phone systems that will be installed this year are the first steps toward handling more than phone calls at the RiverCom dispatch center.

    It should be possible sometime in 2016 to send text messages to the 911 system that covers Chelan and Douglas counties in Washington.

    New phone systems that will be installed at RiverCom this year are the first steps toward handling more than phone calls at the 911 call center, said Jim Fosse, director of the RiverCom dispatch center.

  • So
    Apr
    05
    2015
    SA: Smart Provinces Summit 2015

    The Smart Provinces Summit was held on February 25th and 26th at the Hotel Al Khozama, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with more than 120 participants both local and global companies took place with detailed descriptive presentations of the future to come.

    A research project envisioning future concepts, the success of The Smart Provinces Summit focussed on the current trends within the region in gathering the top functional sectors under one roof to discuss the snags, the developments to come and advancements with the assistance of innovative integrated technology, all of this to overcome and achieve smooth functionality within the supportive frame work to achieve a comfortable, informative and efficient lifestyle.

  • So
    Apr
    05
    2015
    US: CIO Council releases searchable library of public laws, executive orders and OMB documents

    The CIO Council recently released a searchable database of public laws, executive orders, memos and other documents from the White House budget office in what it's calling an IT Policy Library.

    The so-called library can be found on CIO.gov and was developed in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget's Office of E-Government and the General Services Administration.

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    2015
    Africa embraces IT services solutions

    Emerging African economies are increasingly embracing IT services solutions in a bid to support their growth initiatives.

    That’s according to the latest insights released today by International Data Corporation (IDC), with the global advisory services firm also explaining that growing public and private sector IT spending, together with maturing and increasingly competitive business environments, are also driving IT services demand.

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    Apr
    05
    2015
    Hungary developing eID architecture

    Hungarian officials have confirmed that the country will launch a biometric eID card system which can also be used for electronic signatures on e-government services.

    Local media reports that a social consultation will precede the drafting of the relevant law before the cards are introduced next January.

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    05
    2015
    US: Delaware: Legislation would enable insurance to cover ‘telemedicine’

    Under Delaware law, telemedicine is perfectly legal. However, insurance companies are not required to cover the costs.

    That means Delawareans getting consultation remotely may have to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars. House Bill 69, introduced March 26, was discussed in detail Wednesday by its prime sponsors as well as representatives from medical associations and hospitals.

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    Apr
    05
    2015
    US: How EHRs and Telehealth Technology Affect Healthcare

    Health IT along with EHRs and telehealth technology is impacting the medical sector and patient care in a variety of ways. Other healthcare reforms like the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) require the implementation of key technologies and the efficient sharing of medical data.

    At the World Health Care Congress + Exhibition, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield President and CEO Chet Burrell spoke about how technology is revolutionizing the healthcare industry.

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    Apr
    05
    2015
    AU: SA’s e-health rollout delayed further

    The rollout of the State Government’s troubled $422 million electronic health records system has been delayed again.

    The Government revealed today that the Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS) will not be implemented at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) before the transition to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

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    05
    2015
    IN: mSeva platform facilitates 30-crore monthly mobile transactions

    With 449 mobile apps, 30-crore mobile transactions every month, mSeva platform has embraced 1,624 government departments and is a recipient of the UN Public Service Award, says DeitY's e-Governance Joint Secretary Rajendra Kumar in a chat with ETTelecom.

    How has been your mSewa experience so far?

    Access to Internet and computing is very low in India while more than 900 million people have mobility devices. Since, mobile reach is higher; we are looking it to deliver public services so that the access becomes wider.

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    Apr
    04
    2015
    Shared services and the city of the future

    The business of local government is changing and citizens are demanding more out of their local administrations. Town and City governments continue to struggle to find ways to meet these needs, often with smaller budgets and fewer resources. Municipalities must look within themselves for opportunities to share, partner, and collaborate to better meet citizen needs and make progress toward the future.

    One option for municipalities to consider is to look for opportunities to share internally. For example, combining the financial and human resource operations of their town and school district into one operations office, or sharing information technology departments and systems creates ways to lower expenses, while optimizing current workloads.

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    Apr
    04
    2015
    IN: Biometric-based ration card system in Maharashtra soon

    Maharashtra Government will put in place a biometric-based authentication system in the next four months to weed out bogus ration card holders and curb leakages of foodgrains, the Legislative Council was informed today.

    The biometric system will save about 30 per cent of the foodgrains under PDS currently going to undeserving and bogus ration card holders, Food and Civic Supplies Minister Girish Bapat told the House.

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    Apr
    04
    2015
    US: Report: Regulatory Action May Strengthen Telehealth Adoption

    On Tuesday, Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute (HRI) released an industry brief on how recent regulatory action may be the catalyst to spur the fledgling telehealth market. In October 2014, the federal government expanded Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services, including remote chronic care management and an addition of seven new covered procedure codes for telehealth, including annual wellness visits, psychotherapy and prolonged services in the office.

    Providers are seeing increased demand for telehealth services as consumers find value in these services – nearly half of consumers surveyed by HRI indicated they would be willing to pay for an online service or app that could diagnose and prescribe based on symptoms described by the user. Moreover, state and federal governments are driving expansion – more than 40 states have expanded Medicaid to cover telehealth and over 20 are mandating private insurer reimbursement. In November, the USDA awarded $8.6 million in telehealth grants, many of which are being used for equipment such as high-tech cameras.

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    Apr
    04
    2015
    AU: Telstra buys Medibank e-health business

    Telstra is adding to its e-health arsenal, striking an agreement to acquire Medibank Private's Anywhere Healthcare network as Australia's largest telecommunications provider looks to grow profits outside its traditional businesses.

    Anywhere Healthcare was established in 2013 and is designed to help people in regional and remote areas, or those with mobility issues, get access to specialist doctors and healthcare over video conferencing.

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    Apr
    04
    2015
    ZM: ZDA one-stop-shop system to be launched Tweet Email RSSS

    ZAMBIA Development Agency (ZDA) says the one-stop-shop integrated system (OSSIS) facility expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year on a trial basis, will help speed up the registration process for businesses.

    According to a statement posted on the ZDA website, the OSSIS is an information and communication technology (ICT) programme that will enable stakeholder agencies share client registration information.

    To this effect, ZDA has embarked on an ICT infrastructure integration programme to help reduce business registration and other processes to about two hours at the one-stop-shop.

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    Apr
    04
    2015
    IN: ‘eGovernance is transitioning into mGovernance’

    “Being a global leader in mobility, Vodafone has worked with governments in many parts of the world. We have a very good understanding of the eGovernance and mGovernance space and we are in a position to partner with the government for taking the vision of Digital India forward,” says Shekhar Agrawal, Senior Vice President, Vodafone India. In conversation with Express Computer

    What are your views on financial inclusion schemes that have been rolled out?

    To ensure good governance, it is critical to have economic growth that is inclusive in nature. We are very positive about the financial inclusion agenda of the new government. We have been having conversations with government departments about the need of a trustworthy and transparent funds and subsidy disbursement process. Our mobile payment service M-Pesa can be an integral part of public distribution and direct business transfer (DBT) mechanism. Vodafone M-Pesa is the world’s most successful money transfer service. It enables millions of people who have access to a mobile phone, but have only limited access to a bank account, to send and receive money, top-up airtime and make bill payments.

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    Bangladesh seeks India's help to implement NPR like scheme

    Bangladesh is looking towards India's flagship schemes of national population registration (NPR) and Aadhaar card.

    Wary of increasing threats to its internal security and to implement targeted subsidy schemes for the benefit of its poverty ridden population, Bangladesh is looking towards India's flagship schemes of national population registration (NPR) and Aadhaar card.

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    Togo embarks on wide-scale project to deploy fibre to 500 administrative centres

    The Government of Togo has launched an ambitious project to connect 500 institutions, including ministries, government agencies, hospitals, universities and airports, to fibre-optic infrastructure by the end of next year. At the launch of its e-government initiative on 10 March, the government confirmed the signing of an equipment contract with Huawei Technologies of China, which will see 200km of cabling deployed in the tiny African nation. Funding for the project is being facilitated via concessionary financing from Exim Bank of China. Shi Weiliang, vice president for West Africa at Huawei, said that the optical fibre will be installed in ‘less than a year’, and will improve Togo’s internet capacity which is currently limited to its single link to the West Africa Cable System (WACS).

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    IN: NOFN is critical for e-commerce & eGovernance

    Buying a cellphone can be as complicated as buying a secondhand car. Like the secondhand car salesmen, the cellphone retailers offer a limited selection of models, which makes it difficult to believe their recommendations, especially when new devices are being introduced every week. Recently I needed to buy a new cellphone and I took the route that has elements of both, online and offline.

    The practice is normal nowadays—select few models with e-tailers, test them in a regular store, go back online to make the final purchase.

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    IN: eGovWatch: Government announces policy on open source software for eGovernance projects

    Government has announced policy on open source software, as per which all government applications and services will be based on the open source software, to bring in increased transparency in administration.

    The policy statement on Deity (Department of Electronics and Technology) website stated that the Government of India aims to make Government services digitally accessible to citizens in their localities and to ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs.

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    IN: The Distant Dream of eGovernance

    “eGovernance is a partnership between the government and the private sector. It can succeed when both sides cooperate and collaborate in the fullest possible way,” says Tapan Ray, Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY)

    “After joining the IAS, my first district posting was in Baroda as the District Development Officer. During those days, personal computers were a rarity. Hardly any government office had one,” reminisces Tapan Ray, Additional Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT (DeitY). But despite the low level of computerisation, Ray was fascinated by computers and he decided that his office in the district needed one. Hence, he purchased a Personal Computer for his office.

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    IN: Odisha: CAG exposes flaws in state's e-registration system

    The CAG found that appropriate procedures were not followed for vendor selection for the project where the govt committed to bear 68% of the cost

    A report of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) has exposed the deficiencies in the e-registration system of the state government.

    The e-registration system that started in January 2010 aimed at replacing the existing manual system of registration of deeds, valuation of properties, capturing and preserving copies of documents, conducting searches and maintaining back office records, enhancing the quality and speed of service delivery to the citizens and maintaining transparency in valuation.

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    MT: Public Services Online: To encourage take-up of eGovernment services

    Malta Information Technology has launched a new project – Public Services Online – aimed at enhancing knowledge and take-up of eGovernment services.

    The project, co-financed through the European Social Funds, is being coordinated by MITA together with other stakeholders including CDRT, various Ministries and Digitaliseringsstyrelsen (the Danish Government Digital Agency).

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    Apr
    03
    2015
    Indian government mandates use of open source software

    Country's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology releases new policy that makes it mandatory for all e-government systems to be deployed on open source software.

    The Indian government has decreed the use of open source software across all systems used by the public sector, mandating that all Request for Proposals (RFPs) to instruct suppliers to consider the use of such applications.

    In its policy unveiled this week, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology said open source adoption was necessary to support the government's goal to transform India into a "digitally empowered society and a knowledge economy". It added that the country had always advocated the use of open standards and open source technologies in the public sector to tap the touted economic benefits of doing so.

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    Apr
    02
    2015
    Govt of India adopts open source software policy for its e-governance projects

    India’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has announced its policy of adopting open source software for e-governance facilities. This new implementation is aimed at giving the administration financial and strategic benefits.

    The policy is effective for all Central Government organizations and also State Governments willing to adopt it. The policy will apply to all new e-governance projects and fresher versions of the existing systems that are being developed. Under this declaration, it is mandatory for software suppliers to provide information for the use of both open source software (OSS) and closed source software (CSS). And they should also validate wherever necessary, the requirement of CSS over OSS.

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    02
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: 13 gram panchayats of Belagavi to go high-tech

    Thirteen gram panchayats of Bailhongal taluk in the district will go high-tech shortly by getting high quality broadband access. The work of laying optical fibre cable network for providing the facility is in its final stage.

    As many as 329 GPs of the state have been selected in the first phase for laying optical fibre cable, comprising 13 GPs fall under Bailhongal taluk. The central government is funding this project through Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) while state governments' contribute by permitting to lay optical fibre cable in free of cost. Central government, state government and BSNL have signed MoU to execute the project during UPA government, as a part of National Telecom Policy-2012. There is an aim of carrying broadband services to all villages and habitations of the country by 2020.

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    02
    2015
    Getting Smarter About a Basic Need

    Why connecting communities with technology is vital for economic and social vibrancy.

    Food, water, shelter and clothing – these four things are often described as human beings’ basic needs. But what about creating communities? Being connected to one another is a fundamental part of the human experience and one could argue necessary for survival, or at least sanity.

    Pop culture routinely explores the detrimental effect the lack of community has on us. Whether that’s how to re-establish some semblance of community amid unspeakable horrors in The Walking Dead or watching a person grow increasingly unhinged as The Last Man on Earth, losing our connections to others is one our greatest collective fears.

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    02
    2015
    West Africa nations tackle e-governance

    West African countries are turning to ICT to conduct government business as they seek to improve service delivery to their citizens, eliminate the manual distribution of documents especially among top officials and boost confidence in the public sector.

    Ghana last week introduced an e-platform that will allow President Mahama and his cabinet members to exchange information. The platform is designed to allow electronic archiving of documents and offers search and retrieval functionalities and alert systems to highlight outstanding tasks and new announcements, according to the president's website.

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    Apr
    02
    2015
    India makes open source mandatory for all central agencies

    Requirement for suppliers to consider open source and proprietary software on equal footing.

    All Indian e-government systems implemented by central government agencies have to use open source software, unless suppliers and agencies can justify any exception, according to a policy just released.

    Agencies will adopt open source software “as a preferred option in comparison to closed source software”, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology said in the document.

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    Apr
    02
    2015
    India doubles down on use of Open Source software

    The government on Sunday announced a policy on adoption of open source software, which makes it mandatory for all software applications and services of the government be built using open source software, so that projects under Digital India "ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs".

    "Government of India shall endeavour to adopt Open Source Software in all e-Governance systems implemented by various Government organizations, as a preferred option in comparison to Closed Source Software," said the policy statement, put on the website of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

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    Apr
    02
    2015
    IN: Now, a competition to choose 100 smart cities

    States to give choices, Centre to decide by year-end

    After celebrity nominations akin to the famous ALS ice-bucket challenge for its Swachh Bharat campaign, and a nationwide contest for an e-governance mobile app for the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the government is going to choose 100 urban centres for its 'smart city' project through a competition.

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    02
    2015
    IfG.CC - Geschäftsprozessmanagement leicht gemacht - 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?

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    Apr
    02
    2015
    Rwanda commended for using ICT for sustainable development

    Rwanda has been commended as a model in using ICT and e-Governance for sustainable development by the experts in ICT and policy makers who gathered in Kigali last week for the Commonwealth e-Governance Forum Africa.

    Professor Tim Unwin, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) lauded Rwanda’s efforts in harnessing ICTs potentials to increase accountability and transparency.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    IN: Aadhaar count in 13 states higher than their populations

    Aadhaar numbers assigned to adult residents in 13 of the country's 36 states and Union territories have exceeded their respective population as per 2011 census figures. Not only this, the overall Aadhaar coverage in Delhi and Telangana is already more than their population.

    Unusual as it seems, experts claim that this anomaly between the census figures and Aadhaar numbers assigned in the states is not abnormal. Apart from attributing it to the increase in population since 2011 and migration of residents in between states, they also allege that certain "gaps" in census enumeration may have left scope for errors in the population data.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    IN: Top govt panel approves Rs 2.73 lakh crore to modernise cities

    The Centre has set the stage for one of the biggest urban renewal programmes to modernise our cities in recent times, with a top government panel approving Rs 2.73 lakh crore to develop 100 smart cities and upgrade basic civic infrastructure in another 500 cities during the next 10 years.

    The Centre’s Expenditure Finance Committee, which does the financial appraisal of projects before they go to cabinet cleared Rs 1,00,000 crore for developing smart cities and Rs 1.73 lakh crore for the National Urban Rejuvenation Mission (NURM), that aims at improving water supply, sewerage, drainage and transport infrastructure in 500 cities.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    IN: Karnataka: Meet soon to debate row over Aadhaar registration

    District-in-Charge Minister Ramanath Rai has said that a meeting with the Director of e-governance and IT and BT department director will be convened shortly to discuss on row over Aadhaar registration in Dakshina Kannada district.

    Speaking at the tri monthly KDP meeting here on Saturday, Member of the Legislative Assembly J R Lobo and Member of the Legislative Council Ivan D’Souza said that only 30 tokens are issued daily for the enrolling names under Aadhaar. People in Dakshina Kannada district are finding it difficult to enrol their names for Aadhaar cards.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    ZM: Introduction of ICT subject in primary schools is a source of worry-ZNUT

    THE Zambia Union of Teachers (ZNUT) says the introduction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) subject in primary schools is a source of worry for rural pupils who do not have access to computers.

    The Ministry of Education has made it compulsory for pupils in primary schools to learn ICT although the move is not supported by adequate facilities.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    ictQATAR, Qatar Museums Sign MoU for 3D Digitization

    The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) and Qatar Museums have signed an MoU for digitizing 3D materials. As per the MoU, Qatar Museums becomes the 3D Conversion Center for the State of Qatar.

    The agreement was signed by Reem Al-Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society, ICT and Society, ictQATAR, and Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud, Acting CEO of Qatar Museums.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    US: Washington bill would require insurers to cover telemedicine services

    The practice of telemedicine – using real-time video technology to get medical advice from afar – is becoming a standard of the health care industry, bringing the aid of specialists into rural areas where there’s a shortage of doctors.

    But under state law, health insurance providers don’t have to pay for many services that involve telemedicine. A bill in the Legislature would require private carriers and Medicaid plans to reimburse patients when they receive covered benefits through telemedicine, potentially lowering treatment costs for patients and medical facilities.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    AE: Abu Dhabi e-Government portal continues to witness widespread success and growth across the uae's capital more than two years after it's launch

    Page views increased by 65% and a reported 41% increase in online visitors

    Abu Dhabi e-Government Portal, a pioneering e-service websitemanaged by Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), continues to grow and witness widespread success across the UAE's capitalin 2015.

    The continued high user-demand rates of the E-Government Portal comes after the success it had over the past two years in terms of scope, scale and the high quality of services it provides to all segments of society.

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    Apr
    01
    2015
    IfG.CC: Die Prozessmanagement-Roadshow - Das IfG kommt zu Ihnen

    Seit Oktober 2014 richtet das Prozessmanagement-Team des IfG.CC in mehreren deutschen Städten eine Roadshow zum Thema „Sicherung von Fachwissen in Organisationen“ aus. Mit der bundesweiten Roadshow sollen auf der Grundlage der Erfahrungen aus der Erhebung von ca. 600 Geschäftsprozessen in Unternehmen und Behörden ausgereifte Möglichkeiten und Methoden der Wissenssicherung vermittelt werden. Die Sicherung von Fachwissen wird zunehmend wichtiger, da sowohl durch Stellenwechsel als auch verstärkt durch die demografische Entwicklung Mitarbeiter die Organisationen verlassen und so notwendiges Wissen verloren geht. Sowohl Unternehmen als auch Behörden benötigen daher Lösungen und Konzepte, um die drohenden Wissensverluste aufzufangen.

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    31
    2015
    IN: Puduchcerry: e-governance platform for drug licences

    Come April, drug manufacturers and retail drug stores in the Union Territory will no longer have to apply manually at the Department of Drugs Control for grant and renewal of licenses.

    In an effort aimed at bringing transparency and to ensure disposal of applications within timeframe, the Department of Drugs Control has decided to use e-governance platform for processing license applications through online web portal www.xlnindia.gov.in.

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    31
    2015
    IN: Chandigarh: 'Transparency, e-governance need of the hour'

    Inaugurating a seminar on good government at Panjab University's department of law, union minister of law and justice, DV Sadananda Gowda said the concept was not a new one for the country.

    Quoting from the Rig Veda, the minister told law students and faculty members, "In order to achieve good result, a pious objective is determined first and then followed by good Karma for its accomplishment."

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    31
    2015
    US: How Smartphones and Apps are Shaping the Future of Health Care

    More hospitals are forced under the Affordable Care Act to track patient outcomes, paving the way for digital health tools to expand.

    The future of health care may soon come down to virtual physicians, implants under the skin that hold medical records and personal vital signs accessible from an app.

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    31
    2015
    The key to a successful big data strategy? Empowering leaders in your organisation

    One of the most important aspects of creating a big data analytics strategy is empowering leaders, according to Jean-Michel Franco, director of product marketing for data governance at Talend.

    Franco was addressing delegates at Computing's Big Data & Analytics Summit 2015, where he said data quality and not quantity was key to maximising insight using big data analytics.

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