February 2011

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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.

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