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A recent survey that graded states on their tech portfolios revealed something very interesting. The news is good for technology firms — it appears that most levels of government are about to begin upgrading old legacy systems through modernization efforts. Information technology experts have long questioned why government moved so slowly to replace and upgrade technology.
The argument that the funding was simply not available did not ring true to those who knew how quickly and significantly technology could reduce costs while creating efficiencies. That claim seems to be true more often than not.
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If the GMIS International members are the heart and soul of the organization, then one might say that the GMIS Corporate members are the lifeblood of GMIS. Without blood, the heart wouldn't have anything to pump. Likewise, without the heart there wouldn't be any blood. Since February is the month for Valentine's and also National Heart Month, I thought the analogy was fitting.
GMIS International Corporate Membership is critical to the continued success of GMIS International. Without them who would we as technology professionals go to for all of our technology needs?
Did you know that GMIS Corporate Members not only receive access to GMIS International agency members, but they also gain the following benefits as well?
Corporate Membership — $2,500/year*
*Dues for companies with less than 25 employees or $2 million in annual revenue are $750/year for Corporate Membership.
- Private login to view the GMIS International (GMIS) Membership Directory of CIOs/IT Directors.
- Access to Corporate Forums with Members.
- Receive monthly email from HQ to Members via Listserv.
- First right-of-refusal for all Conference Sponsorships/Exhibits.
- Opportunity to be Featured as the "Member in the Spotlight" in the GEM and on the website.
- Listing in the Membership Directory.
- Corporate Profile on the website.
- External links to the Corporate Websites.
Data Dive = IT Benchmarking & Metrics
- Gain valuable insights related to IT benchmarking and metrics based on data provided by GMIS Members from across the United States.
- Data Dive provides your company real-time access to public sector IT demographic, budget, inventory and planning data.
Share Corporate Knowledge with Members
- Submit Board-approved surveys to members.
If you are a GMIS International member, contact your vendors and let them know about this valuable opportunity. If you are a vendor and would like to become a Corporate Member go to www.gmis.org/page/CorpMembs and register.
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Health IT Outcomes
Blockchain technology has been touted as the next big thing in healthcare, serving as a transformative force, as Health IT Outcomes reported. As Humana CEO Bruce Broussard writes, the technology is "positioned to be the next dramatic innovation in healthcare with a potential impact rivaling any other advances and lessons can be learned from the embracement of blockchain by the financial services industry."
PC Tech Magazine
African technologist Muhumuza Faizo King writes:
"Innovation is simply the application of new methods and ideas to create new solutions that have value as perceived by final consumers. Any variation goes, as long as it includes 'new' and addresses final consumer needs and wants.
But what does it take to innovate? Can IoT be of advantage to innovators?
I have engaged myself into research and various inclusive debates about the relationship between IoT and innovation, recently professor Fawzi Behmann a passionate technology scholar, vice-chair IEEE NA Communications Society and president of Telnet Management Consulting Inc. in USA, put it clearly when I curiously asked him to share his view about the same, 'The Internet of Things is here! Innovate because if you don't someone else will and they will conquer you.'"
In 2017, technology will make the jump from the hypothetical to real-world applications, the head of Cisco Systems' state and local and education government business for the western U.S., told StateTech.
Britt Norwood, who's been with Cisco for over 16 years, says that technology that has been hovering on the horizon will this year begin to have real-life implications in our cities and states. In 2017, many technologies, such as the Internet of Things, are making their way onto city streets and enabling everything from Smart Cities to cloud computing and more centralized management for state and local governments.
Here's a look at what new challenges will rise up alongside this new technology, and how it will reprioritize the focus of states, counties and municipalities across the country.
Transmission & Distribution World
An overwhelming majority — 89 percent — of power and utility executives say their cybersecurity function does not fully meet their organization's needs, according to the EY Global Information Security Survey 2016-17.
That number continues to rise compared with last year as companies struggle to manage increased risk from growth in digital and connected devices.
"Cybersecurity efforts must evolve with advancing technology. The proliferation of digital devices and the convergence of operational technology and information technology environments are creating new efficiencies and business improvements but are also increasing the attack surface of power and utility companies," said Matt Chambers, EY Global Power & Utilities, Risk and Cybersecurity Leader. "Now, with attackers casting their sights on bigger targets, critical infrastructure is more at risk than ever before."
Health Data Management
Despite all the attention now focused on cybersecurity, a large number of organizations say they are not sure they know the most effective protection strategy to combat these types of attacks.
This lack of knowledge and protection “is putting businesses across the globe at risk of grinding to a halt,” according to the new Corporate IT Security Risks survey from Kaspersky Lab.
Federal News Radio
Gordon Bitko's biggest problem with "shadow IT" is the term itself. He said it gives the wrong impression, like employees are trying to do something shady, undercover. But Bitko, the FBI's chief information officer, said he'd actually like to enable employees to more efficiently and effectively innovate on mission-side IT.
Shadow IT is when employees develop technological solutions that haven't been officially authorized by their organization. And Bitko said there's nothing wrong with technology-driven innovations that help employees perform their missions. The problem is the lack of coordination from on high.
Healthcare IT News
Healthcare organizations across the globe are under pressure to deliver quality, outcomes-based care while reducing unnecessary costs. One way to achieve this is to empower physicians with easy, direct access to all of a patient’s clinically relevant medical data. While this understanding has led to a meteoric rise in EHR systems, one significant roadblock to ultimate clinical productivity still exists: most of the EHRs available on the market today do not complement the textual data with clinically relevant images.
In today's digital world, change is inevitable. The technology and processes that are currently working for your business aren't guaranteed to work for you in the future. Because of this, it is imperative that you are always planning ahead.
Here are seven ways technology can future-proof your business.
On a near-annual basics, federal agencies provide updates on EHR adoption that serve as a bellwether of the healthcare's industry technical capabilities, most notably the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
However, reliance on these facts and figures can be problematic as a result of varying definitions of EHR technology.
As recently as May 31, ONC published EHR adoption data via the Health IT Dashboard reporting that 83.8 percent of hospitals were using a basic EHR system and that 96 percent possessed a certified EHR technology.
At first glance, the two figures are significant. A reader could easily infer that hospital EHR use is near ubiquitous. However, upon further review, that is not the case. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding is semantics.
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