Posts in Category "Innovative Agencies"

November 15, 2012

Honoring veterans by improving benefits claims processes and information access

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This week, with the commemoration of Veterans Day in the US (and Remembrance Day in Canada), we honored those who have selflessly served in our country’s military with honor and distinction so that the freedoms we cherish may endure.

As a veteran of the US Coast Guard,  I am proud to highlight a few of the ways that Adobe is collaborating with Veteran Affairs agencies in North America to improve access for disabled veterans and modernize administrative operations. In many cases, due to gains in efficiency, some resources may be reallocated to the actual care of the veterans these agencies are committed to serve.

 

  • Streamlining workflows for management of benefits claims

US and Canadian VA agencies, including the US Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), have standardized on multiple Adobe solutions, like LiveCycle for BPM, transforming processes to collect, track, and automate the millions of benefits claims they receive every year.

The organizations have since reported reduced data error rates and significant improvements in efficiency throughout their enterprises, achieving the simple goals of fewer administrative delays and more timely service delivery for our veterans.
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  • Extending usability of veterans’ health records and other critical information

Considering that most systems of record were implemented before today’s mobile revolution, it’s no surprise that many of them do not natively support remote usability of enterprise information and multi-channel functionality for self-service apps.

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September 22, 2012

Forecast for Digital Government: Partly Cloudy

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The adoption of cloud computing has steadily become one of the most significant enablers of innovation in recent years. From providing mobile access to remotely synchronized folders, to delivering on-demand streams of new video releases, the cloud has transformed how consumers interact with their devices in countless ways (often quietly behind the scenes).

Further blurring the line between private and public sector innovation, government agencies are increasingly turning to the cloud for similar technical advantages that translate directly into business value for their enterprises as well.

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In fact, IDC predicts that public IT cloud services will see gains at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.4 percent—five times that of the IT industry overall between 2012 and 2016. But despite promises of significant gains in agility, scalability, and reliability, most public sector executives commit to extensively crunching the numbers on ROI and addressing security concerns (at both agency and content levels) before taking the plunge into even the most popular cloud service models, including:

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August 30, 2012

Optimizing Human Services for a Mobile World

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Mobile technology is no longer an optional luxury. Research shows that in 2011 more smartphones shipped than personal computers. Therefore, a truly effective Digital Government requires a strategy that moves beyond merely porting traditional web content to mobile devices. This post will explore why agencies must think about designing mobile service experiences from the citizen in, rather than from the system out; delivering personalized content and applications that are optimized for how citizens expect to use their devices.

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The following article, sponsored by Adobe, was recently featured in the August 2012 edition of “Policy and Practice,” the magazine of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).

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August 7, 2012

Where’s the Real Value in All That Health Data?

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As more parts of our lives “go digital”, the collection of data related to our transactions, interests, and other preferences continues to grow exponentially.

Many commercial enterprises have demonstrated that the ability to manage and even monetize such data provides a powerful competitive advantage. In fact, it’s that principle of Digital Marketing which allows for the delivery of unique personalized experiences for consumers online.  Our health data is no exception.

The health care industry has been criticized for being a laggard when it comes to tapping the wealth of information that’s often locked away in terabytes of stored data, both structured and unstructured, compounding with every insurance claim or provider interaction.  That’s changing, however, as innovative solutions that have modernized industries like travel, financial services, and others are gradually being leveraged throughout the healthcare ecosystem.
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Recently, at the Adobe-sponsored State Healthcare IT Connect Summit, I met with executives from state and federal agencies as well as leaders of private sector health organizations to explore the key role of IT in identifying trends, cutting costs, and saving lives.

Three recurring use cases for transforming this accumulating data into actionable knowledge emerged during our meetings:

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May 24, 2012

Digital Government: More Than Just A Pretty Interface

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To anyone passionate about applying technology to drive transformative change and improve the way we live, this week is shaping up to be a tough one to beat in the public sector. It’s been like receiving a gift-wrapped box of energy, laser focused on government innovation and modernization.

Yesterday, President Obama issued a memorandum to the heads of all US executive departments and agencies calling on them to leverage “technological advances to fundamentally change how they serve their customers.”  

The memo, entitled "Building a 21st Century Digital Government," goes on to explain:

“For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different Government programs in order to find the services they need. In addition, at a time when Americans increasingly pay bills and buy tickets on mobile devices, Government services often are not optimized for smartphones or tablets, assuming the services are even available online.”

As a follow-up to Executive Order 13571 (Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service) which he signed in April 2011, the president’s memo also announced the release of a new Government-wide strategy developed to accomplish the monumental goal of enabling “more efficient and coordinated digital service delivery” across all agencies.

Simultaneously, yesterday in New York City at TechCrunch Disrupt 2012, Steven Van Roekel (US Chief Information Officer) and Todd Park (US Chief Technology Officer), launched this landmark initiative to thousands of attendees excited to learn the details.

The comprehensive accompanying strategy, entitled “"Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People", includes a 12-month road map that emphasizes three priority actions:

  •  Encouraging agencies to deliver information in new ways that fully utilize the power and potential of mobile and web-based technologies
  •  Ensuring the safe and secure delivery and use of digital services to protect information and privacy
  •  Requiring all agencies to establish central online resources for outside developers, and to adopt new standards for making applicable Government information open and machine-readable by default

In today’s interconnected global economy, such leadership will likely provide a blueprint for similar international efforts as government enterprises worldwide mobilize to optimize efficiency and offer citizens digital experiences on par with those offered by their private sector counterparts.

To that end, we recently hosted the first annual Adobe Government Assembly (AGA) for Canada. The recent creation of Shared Services Canada, a new agency dedicated to optimizing service delivery, has brought new attention to efforts there to "improve the efficiency of IT services across the Canadian federal government and ensure value for taxpayers' dollars."

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April 9, 2012

Adobe Government Assembly 2012

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Adobe Government Assembly (AGA) is our premier corporate event to demonstrate commitment to the US Public Sector community, announce product launches/pipeline, and highlight collaborative successes with our partners across the country in federal, state, and local markets.

This year, with speakers, panelists, and customers representing almost every segment of the US Public Sector, the 2012 AGA in Washington DC proved to be a dynamic forum for exploring trends that are clearly driving the federal government’s innovative technology agenda, including ‘cloud-first’ policies, Analytics for Measuring Agency Performance, data center consolidation initiatives, and Mobile Government.

AGA session tracks were designed around the following three pillars of relevant challenges that government agencies face day-to-day as well: engaging communities through new technologies, achieving efficiencies during a time of significant budget constraints, and the threat paradigm of data security.

For example, I spoke on a popular panel that delved into the topic of improving agency efficiencies by automating mission-critical business processes.  John Montel, a co-panelist from the US Department of the Interior, detailed how DOI recently implemented Adobe solutions to modernize ways citizens interact with his agency.

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February 7, 2012

Adobe Connect: A Roadmap for 2012 and Beyond

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Whether it’s for telework, town hall meetings, e-learning, telemedicine, continuity of operations, or mission critical collaboration, many civilian and military agencies rely on Adobe Connect.  To learn what’s to come in 2012 for this best-in-class solution, we had the opportunity to talk with Guillaume Privat, Director of our Adobe Connect business.

 

Q: 2011 saw several large government agencies adopt Adobe Connect or expand their deployment. What can you tell us about the plans for the solution in 2012?

A: In 2011, we rolled out Adobe Connect 8, which focused on ease of use and the ability for users to access their meetings, webinars or virtual classrooms on any smartphone or tablet.  2012 will the year of Adobe Connect 9.  We recently announced we were opening up the beta for Adobe Connect 9. We looked at how our customers are using the product and it’s clear that ‘screen sharing’ is not enough.  They are looking for solutions to their business problems.  How can they train faster and measure the effectiveness of that training?  How effective are their town hall meetings or citizen outreach campaigns?  Should they spend more or less money on these activities?  The focus for the future release is to create these end-to-end solutions that will help government organizations measure and report on productivity gains or cost savings.

 

Q: Are you going to continue your focus on mobile?

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February 1, 2012

2012 Adobe Government Assembly… coming soon

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Please join Adobe for its annual Adobe Government Assembly, February 8th, at the National Press Club.

The AGA is a forum for federal, state and local IT, acquisition and security professionals to discuss strategies and actionable tactics for meeting today’s challenges and revolutionizing tomorrow’s government operations. You’ll hear from public sector leaders and industry experts on the key issues of advancing citizen engagement, implementing innovative technologies and protecting critical information.

Keynote speakers include GSA’s David McClure, Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, and best-selling author Peter Sims.

Click here to register.

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September 15, 2011

New Brunswick and the Adobe Web Experience Management Solution

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New Brunswick has a reputation for being a technology leader. The Canadian province uses the Adobe Web Experience Management solution to elevate the quality of its diverse websites to provide citizens with engaging web experiences. For the government’s inventive Communications team, Adobe solutions became the cornerstone for a web revitalization project to enable technical and non-technical users across departments to quickly create and publish online content. Already, New Brunswick has adopted the more streamlined web content workflows to accelerate updating over half of its 22 department websites.

Government managers across teams and disciplines are pleased with their newfound ability to better manage and publish digital assets. To make it even easier for staff, New Brunswick is using standardized templates created with Adobe’s WEM solution to help ensure a consistent, branded feel to its website.  

The Adobe solution not only quickly delivers relevant content to key audiences, but is also stable and easy to use. With enhanced citizen services, government managers anticipate they will draw more traffic and encourage visitors to spend more time on the site. To reach as vast an audience as possible, New Brunswick plans to integrate social media and mobile capabilities for improved communication with citizens.

To learn more about how New Brunswick is transforming the look and feel of its website, read the case study on the Government Technology site here.

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August 29, 2011

San Diego County DA’s Office and Adobe Acrobat

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In a recent conversation, Mark Whitmore, the Deputy District Attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, told us how the organization accelerates Juvenile Court proceedings using Adobe Acrobat Pro in a Microsoft SharePoint environment. The organization, together with its partners—San Diego Juvenile Justice Partners, the County Technology Office, the Probation Department, and the Office of the Public Defender—uses advanced PDF capabilities in Acrobat Pro and SharePoint document management. The digital case file environment, known as the Justice Electronic Library System or JELS, was developed by the County Technology Office and serves all county juvenile justice stakeholders in the DA’s office, Probation, and other areas.

By using Acrobat to convert case files to searchable PDF files integrated into its SharePoint environment, the division saves administrative staff from having to sort, collate, file, retrieve, and photocopy countless case files on paper. The improved case file management has already freed up time for 10 staff members to devote to other critical activities. Deputy DA’s and other participants with access to the JELS system can go over case documents electronically prior to each hearing, greatly accelerating case file review.

The JELS system has dramatically enhanced collaboration in the office and the courtroom. Based on its success, the California County Information Services Directors Association (CCISDA) awarded San Diego County a first place Innovation Award in the collaboration category.

To learn more, check out the full story on the San Diego County DA’s office here.

You can keep in touch with the Acrobat team on Twitter @Acrobat and, of course, keep up-to-date with all things Adobe in goverment on Twitter @AdobeGov.

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