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News shots …. 12 October 2017



GLA upgrades mapping application

The Greater London Authority has launched a new version of the London Infrastructure Mapping Application, which details current and future infrastructure projects across the city.

The interactive tool takes information from the GLA, the capital’s boroughs, utility companies and developers, making it possible to zero in on projects by location, project value, funding status and sector. This can apply for transport, housing, energy, water, commercial and retail, and civic and public developments.

The new version enables the user to filter down to a point or area in which they are interested, export open data, and upload their own data to create a personalised map. The GLA said it is working on new feature including 3D modelling, information on underground assets and an interactive dashboard.


Survey shows reliance on paper invoicing

92% of local authorities, emergency services and housing associations are continuing to rely on paper for invoicing, according to a survey carried out by iGov and e-invoicing specialist Basware.

Responses from 146 individuals from 136 organisations showed that 60% are still opting to print invoices rather than send them as PDFs, and 51% regard the time spent on this as a ‘main challenge’. While 53% see e-invoicing as a solution, only 31% are using the technology and 38% see making the right choice as a burden.

24% planned to invest in e-procurement over 2017-18 and 21% intended to increase their capacity for receiving e-invoices.


Dukinfield GPs turn to Nuance speech recognition

A Greater Manchester GP practice has begun to use a speech recognition software from Nuance Communications to process its clinical documents.

Dukinfield Medical Practice has carried out the deployment of the Dragon Medical software with a Nuance partner, Freedom of Speech, to speed up the transcription of doctors’ notes – and reported that the move has enabled it to treat four more patients each day. The doctors have also reported that it has made patient letters more detailed, and enabled the secretarial team to concentrate on more patient focused tasks.


Home and Communities Agency acknowledges data breach

The Home and Communities has notified the Information Commissioner’s Office of “limited breach” of its information security policy, after sending an email to 508 housing associations that made visible other recipients’ email addresses.

It said that while the information disclosed was not sensitive, it is taking the breach very seriously and has apologised to the providers affected.

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