2,000 Ohio doctors opt for e-Health record help
The Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) has recently announced that more than 2,000 physicians have signed contracts with OHIP and its seven regional partners between September and December.
Ohio’s goal is to reach 6,000 physicians and other health care professionals in 2011. That push will be funded by $28.3 million in federal stimulus money, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Greater Dayton Area Health Information Network, part of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, will help implement electronic health records in Montgomery, Preble, Miami, Darke, Shelby, Auglaize, Mercer and Allen counties. The number of doctors who signed up in those counties was not immediately available Thursday morning. Implementation in Butler, Warren, Greene, Clark and Champaign counties will be through HealthBridge, a health information nonprofit serving greater Cincinnati.
According to a news release, a signed contract with OHIP means doctors will receive free assistance from regional partners to prepare for and select an electronic health record vendor; lower pricing for software from preferred vendors; lower pricing for software from preferred vendors; and access to low-interest loans from four banks.
Physicians and other eligible professionals may receive Medicare and Medicaid financial incentives over the next several years, with top amounts set at $44,000 per physician for Medicare and $63,750 for Medicaid. The earlier physicians sign up, the higher the incentive that they receive.
Ukrain to create common information infrastructure by 2015
According to the State Agency of Ukraine for Science, Innovation and Information, a common information and telecommunications infrastructure of central and local government agencies will be established until 2015 as part of the third stage of electronic government development.
The concept of electronic government was approved at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Under the concept, the first stage (until 2012) foresees the development of legal and regulatory framework required for the provision of administrative services electronically, the creation of common standards for interaction between the subjects of e-government and a common national system of electronic document circulation, as well as the provision by central and local government agencies of services to citizens electronically.
The second stage (until 2014) foresees that services will be provided in electronic form in all spheres of public life.
Azerbaijan develops single integrated platform for services within e-Government
The Caspian European ICT Club (one of the divisions of the Caspian- European Business Integration Club; CEIBC) has considered issues of information security in the process of introduction of e-Government services at a recent meeting. Addressing to meeting Elmir Velizadeh, Deputy Communications Minister of Azerbaijan, informed that up to date the country had already introduced more than 10 out of the 20 services envisaged by the State e-Government Development Programme.
“Within the e-Government Program 2010-12 and Action Plan 2010-11 it is considered a possibility to integrate all components of e-government services into a single platform,” Velizadeh said. Taxpayer Service Concept 2011-15 approved in 2011 also provides creation of a single platform to render all services to business in electronic form.
Uzbek biometric passports to be updated every ten years
Uzbek citizens will now have to update their passports every ten years under Uzbekistan’s new biometric passport system, the Uzbek Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday. Uzbekistan is making the change to comply with standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which sets the requirements for international travel documents.
Biometric passports have enhanced security features that can be read using electronic devices to verify holders’ nationalities. As part of its new system, Uzbekistan will issue three types of biometric passports: those for members of the diplomatic corps, those for general Uzbek citizens and those without permanent citizenship who are permanent residents of the Uzbek state, the Uzbekistan Daily news web site reported on Tuesday. Previously, Uzbek citizens received a new passport at the ages of 16, 25 and 45. After holders turned 45, their passports were not updated. The new passports will be distributed in two stages between 2011 and 2015.