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.
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For as long as I can remember, I have been a closet techie-geek. Although I have never camped outside at the neighborhood electronics store to buy some new gadget gizmo (yet), I have always nurtured a keen interest in the ways technology may be leveraged to change behaviors or solve real problems. I may be a little biased, but in my opinion there is no better use of technology than for the modernization of healthcare. And since healthcare has been a hot topic lately, with robust incentives in place to help drive adoption of technology, lots of people are paying attention.
Perhaps that’s why the HIMSS 2011 conference broke all previous attendance records in February when 31,000 attendees from around the world assembled in Orlando to learn about the latest healthcare IT innovations.
In alignment with the theme of this year’s conference “Linking people, potential, and progress,” Adobe satisfied a twofold objective for exhibiting at HIMSS. First, we demonstrated our commitment to an evolving healthcare ecosystem by highlighting Adobe solutions that have impacted major segments, including payers, providers, and government agencies, with powerful digital experiences.
Next, we celebrated our engagement with the extensive network of developers and integrators throughout the Adobe partner community. Our exhibit theater provided a forum for select partners to deliver compelling presentations on relevant topics including:
“Collaborative Healthcare: Improving the Patient Experience and Reducing Cost” by InteSolv
“Tomorrow’s Health Record: Mobile, Intuitive and Secure” by Ensemble
“Medicaid Provider Management & Member Eligibility Solutions” by eServices
Partner engagement, a major contributor to Adobe’s far-reaching success in healthcare, remains in focus as we leave HIMSS and prepare for our Enterprise Partner Community Conference in New Orleans. Emphasizing the power of intuitive and effective Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions, Adobe will bring new meaning to this vibrant city’s alias “Big Easy.”
We recently sat down with Barry Leffew, Adobe’s vice president of Public Sector Sales, to get his perspective on the company’s presence in the Government market. This is the first segment of a two-part interview.
In today’s video, Barry discusses:
0:04 – His current role and background
0:30 – A typical day
1:00 – The history of Adobe in Government
1:35 – PDF and Government
2:20 – The evolution of Adobe technologies and Government
In part two, which we’ll post in the next couple days, Barry covers:
The breadth of Adobe’s presence in Government today
Key trends he sees in Government IT
The importance of customer experience and how it applies to Government
What the future holds for Government IT
Keep your eyes on this space for the second part of the conversation, or follow us on Twitter to be sure you catch it.
Recently, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The Act includes a number of provisions intended to increase access to video programming on television and the Internet, require access to the user interfaces used to access information online via smartphones, and require access to on-screen menus for DVD players and set-top boxes. You can read more about the Act and Adobe’s thoughts on it on the Adobe Accessibility blog.
We caught up with Andrew Kirkpatrick, group product manager for accessibility at Adobe, directly after he attended the signing event at the White House. Please check out the following video for Andrew’s thoughts on the Act and the event.
A transcript of the video is available in YouTube and in PDF here.
We recently sponsored a Section 508 accessibility event at the U.S. Access Board Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The late October event included discussion on the changing standards, policy, and compliance landscape.
We were honored to have talks by the following special guests:
Kareem Dale, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Terry Weaver, Director of IT Accessibility, General Services Administration
David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
The morning also featured a presentation from Adobe and other government leaders on best technology practices for achieving accessibility.
Please check out the following video for an overview of the event, including thoughts from several of the speakers.
Sure, it may sound a little far-fetched now; but the fact is many challenges that once prevented the concept of a PHR (Portable Health Record) from becoming a mainstream reality are gradually being overcome. In addition, as technology evolves, there are other social, political, and economic factors aligning to create the perfect storm for the PHR and its broad adoption. Among them is the growing expectation of open government, transparency, and individual empowerment and accountability. As a society, we are gradually growing comfortable with the idea of playing a more active role in the management of our health, which includes having more meaningful interactions with providers. A recent survey from The Markle Foundation reveals that 70 percent of the American public agrees with the concept of personal accessibility and ownership of PHRs.
However, not everyone sees this scenario playing out through rose-colored glasses. CIOs and healthcare managers who support today’s closed EMR (Electronic Medical Record) systems share valid concerns about maintaining the integrity and auditability of PHR health data after it leaves the confines of the controlled enterprise. The public agrees; the Markle Foundation survey shows that an overwhelming 80 percent of respondents, as well as healthcare providers, cite privacy safeguards as an important requirement for federally funded Health IT initiatives. The role of ubiquitous file-level security has surely never been more valuable in Health IT than it is today.
Recently, I participated in a government panel discussion with thought leaders from Cisco and Fortify. We touched on a host of relevant topics, but clearly the recurring theme was maintaining the balance of security and interoperability throughout the customer experience as ownership of health data evolves to include the patient himself.
Earlier today, Adobe announced the next version of our Acrobat family, Acrobat X. We sat down with long-time Adobe veteran Rick Brown, who runs product management for Acrobat, to get his perspective on the new release and how the software is used by government agencies.
0:03 – Rick’s responsibilities and background
0:45 – Acrobat X: what drove development; some of the new capabilities
2:50 – Acrobat in Government, including how agencies use it today
You can follow the Acrobat team on twitter @acrobat, and check out their blog here.