Health and Human Services
The New York State Office for the Aging has launched a new initiative to bring companion robots into seniors’ homes — and they go beyond the common virtual assistants to proactively support seniors’ needs.
The California Department of Public Health recently developed a chatbot to help answer questions and combat misinformation related to COVID-19 vaccinations. What’s more is that the resource was designed with equity in mind.
Four states have committed to partner with Code for America’s recently launched Safety Net Innovation Lab in the first of three cohorts to help transform how such services are delivered to the public.
Hartford HealthCare and its networks have begun using an EMS communication software called Twiage, with an initial rollout at St. Vincent's Medical Center and the remainder of Hartford HealthCare's locations soon.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce plans to allocate $30 million to the Fire Integrated Real-Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) when he unveils California’s revised budget on Friday, May 13.
If the Supreme Court indeed rejects Roe v. Wade as unconstitutional, there is a fear that digital records could be used against any woman who has ever thought about getting an abortion.
Oregon is now offering an app that will let residents show proof of vaccination in a convenient way. The app cost a total of $2.45 million and drew on lessons learned from California and Washington.
A new law in Colorado requires health insurance providers to try to collect demographic data on health providers — including sex- and gender-related info — to connect patients with better care.
Police in Worcester, Mass., would like to purchase drones to help with various tasks, including search and rescue missions. However, the police department hasn't developed a drone policy, raising multiple concerns.
Yesterday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that former NYC CIO Jessica Tisch will take over as commissioner of the Department of Sanitation. Tisch left the CIO position back in February.
The Southside Network Authority in Virginia has broken ground for a new fiber ring that will connect five cities in the state. The network will even be linked to subsea fiber-optic lines in the Atlantic.
The Nebraska State Unit on Aging has partnered with GetSetUp.io, a virtual learning platform, to bolster digital skills and a wide range of other life skills among older adults across the state.
The Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center in Windber, Pa., is in the process of developing a new telehealth program that aims to provide a higher quality of care. The program will help keep needed hospital beds open.
City Council approved a sweeping $21 million package on Wednesday to enhance the city's response to people in mental health crises—and Mayor Sylvester Turner pledged more support in the coming weeks.
Supported by $100 million of charitable investments, plans for the lab will see the country’s preeminent civic tech organization working with 15 state government partners over the next seven years.
A large group of scientists, led in part by geneticists at University of California Santa Cruz, has outlined the first complete human genome. This breakthrough could lead to many other new discoveries about health.