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By GCN Staff


HHS awards grants to support states

HHS awards grants to support states' health data sharing

The Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its efforts to accelerate healthcare information sharing, and helping to fund a dozen state's data-sharing projects.

The $29.6 million grant will support programs in 12 states that plan to adopt the necessary tools, technology and services to provide and share health information, according to the agency. The funding will help address workflow challenges and technical issues to improve the meaningful use of clinical data from outside sources.

The funding is part of a two-year cooperative agreement program, and the grants come from program funding established by the 2009 American Recovery and Revitalization Act’s Health Information Technology and Clinical Health Act. All told, nearly $38 million has gone out to 20 awardees for three health information technology grant programs.

Posted on Aug 04, 2015 at 9:37 AM0 comments


text to 911

Crisis Text Line highlights NG911 potential

The Crisis Text Line, a 24-hour crisis-counseling hotline, takes text messages from people dealing with everything from domestic violence to suicide and passes the information on to public safety answering points, as appropriate.

Created in 2013 to help people who are in crisis but feel uncomfortable talking over the phone, the Crisis Text Line has received 7.3 million texts from as all 295 area codes in the country and provides a glimpse of the possibilities of a successful next-generation 911 implementation.

The flat IP-architecture of next-generation 911 could allow public safety answering points to specialize in types of issues, like suicide, according to an article in American City and County.

Posted on Aug 03, 2015 at 12:09 PM0 comments


DREN to receive supercomputing boost

Supercomputer network to get speed upgrade

Researchers using the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) will be getting a productivity boost when the service upgrades to 40 gigabit/sec.

DREN securely connects five Defense Department supercomputing facilities to 4,300 scientists in over 150 agencies.   Fully IPv6-enabled, DREN currently provides connectivity through a mix of Ethernet, IP and optical wavelength services, with speeds varying accordingly. The Navy DOD Supercomputing Resource Center at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, which operates national test facilities for the rocket engine propulsion programs, will be the first of five DREN locations to receive 40 gigabit/sec service.

CenturyLink and LGS Innovations will be performing the upgrade.

Posted on Aug 03, 2015 at 12:08 PM0 comments


DOT

DOT's 2015 transportation infrastructure data now available

The 2015 National Transportation Atlas Databases are now available for download. The data provides geographic-based details for more than 500,000 miles of roadway, 610,000 bridges and 19,527 airports. New highway crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also in the mix.

This year’s datasets cover 36 data themes with 57 data layers. The NTAD sets are available in open shapefile format with  metadata documentation supported by most GIS software.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 1:01 PM0 comments


NYC kicks off annual BigApps competition

NYC kicks off annual BigApps competition

New York City recently opened this year’s NYC BigApps competition for  mobile and web apps, connected devices, platforms, games and other technology products that can make New York a better place by addressing affordable housing, zero waste, connected cities or civic engagement.

To support app developers, the competition provides access to more than 1,000 public data sets on the NYC OpenData Portal, as well as data and APIs from dozens of private and academic partners. In addition, each challenge category is being supported by a group of city agencies, civic organizations and companies that will help teams ideate, design and build their products by hosting mentor office hours, events and tours.

All project submissions are due by Oct. 14. A panel of evaluators will choose up to 20 finalists, and the winners will be announced in December.

Originally launched in 2009, NYC BigApps has helped create over 500 apps and other tech products and has engaged more than 500,000 New Yorkers.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM0 comments