It’s truly amazing to think about the possibilities that advances in technology have unlocked. No longer do the barriers of time and distance have to limit the ability for anyone to access education, healthcare and government services. We can now connect with the push of a button. And often, it allows us to help the people who need it most.
I recently read an article by Bryant Jordan of Military.com that discusses how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is changing the lives of veterans across the U.S. and helping meet their unique healthcare needs via telehealth. Veterans are able to meet with primary care physicians and specialists from the comfort of their home, minimizing the pain and hassle of traveling to medical facilities, which are often many miles away. There’s no doubt technology has provided convenience and improved access to healthcare, but the VA has seen other positive results as well. By increasing veterans’ ability to access medical professionals and services, improving follow-up and ongoing services, inpatient bed days have been reduced by 58% and admissions have declined by 38%. Read More »
Tags: collaboration, govtech, healthcare, innovation, telehealth, telemedicine, TelePresence
This week at Cisco Live!, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles spoke on a government customer roundtable. Rob Fields, the CIO for the Department provided insight into the challenges that he faced with legacy equipment, the organization’s technology vision and plans for the future.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety had purchased lowest bid, low-quality networking equipment prior to Fields’ appointment as CIO. He knew that before he could accomplish any of his technology goals he had to rebuild the network with Cisco from the ground up.
Around this time the State of Florida imposed a travel ban, which was negatively affecting personnel throughout the department. Fields and his team had already been looking at video solutions following the network upgrade, but the travel ban gave them an even greater sense of urgency. “We installed video solutions at 15 locations and began conducting Florida Highway Patrol command staff meetings, remote interviews, and field manager meetings, over video and immediately saw ROI. It was a huge success,” said Fields. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, Borderless Networks, govtech, TelePresence, unified workspace, videoconferencing, voice over IP
While at Cisco Live! in Orlando, Fla., I had the pleasure of leading a tour of the future Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center at Lake Nona, along with Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, the center’s new chief of staff.
This amazing facility will be the first new VA hospital to be built in the U.S. in nearly 20 years. When complete, it will be a state-of-the-art medical center that will care for many of the approximately 400,000 veterans and their families living in Central Florida (1.8 million veterans call Florida home).
The 1.2 million square-foot facility in Orange County will be one of the largest hospitals in the VA system. It will have a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, a 134-bed inpatient diagnostic and treatment hospital, a 118-bed nursing home, a 60-bed domiciliary, and a veterans benefit mini service center. Its campus will also include the Simulation Learning Education and Research Network, which is a high-technology, immersive environment that uses simulation to train VA medical personnel. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, govtech, healthcare, telehealth, telemedicine, Veterans Administration
Tomorrow at Cisco Live!, I will be moderating a roundtable discussion featuring four government thought-leaders:
During the roundtable, each customer will discuss how they are using technology to address current challenges -- such as greater demand for mobile technology, fewer resources, limited budgets and new models for delivering citizen services. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, collaboration, Connected Justice, govtech, mobility, smart_connected_communities, State Local Government
Within the next five years, more than 1 million armed forces personnel are expected to transition from U.S. military to civilian life. As our veterans return from deployments such as Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them will need new jobs to support their families – and additional training to get those jobs.
Unfortunately, our veterans typically experience higher unemployment rates than the national average and sometimes have difficulty matching their skills and training with jobs in the private sector. That’s why Cisco established a corporate veterans program in 2011 to support veterans and their spouses. We provide funding, training, technical expertise and technology to help them through what can be a difficult transition period. Read More »
Tags: #CLUS, cisco live, cna, employment assistance, govtech, VA, veterans, Veterans Affairs