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News shots …. 3 August 2017

03/08/17

Budgets ‘hold back tech’ in local government

Insufficient spending is preventing local government from realising the full benefits of technology, according to the results of a survey commissioned by communications cloud provider 8x8.

Money boxIt found that from 1,095 local government staff, only 21% think their organisations invest enough money to stay up to date with the latest developments. This compares with 56% for the private sector.

The survey was more positive in finding that 51% believed senior management understand the importance of new technology; but there was also a worrying point in that 22% said certain individuals hold back the adoption to preserve the status quo.

 

DVLA sticks with Logic Group for payments

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has retained The Logic Group for the provision of its payment gateway solution until at least August of next year.

The agency uses the company’s Solve Centurion product, which is compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, and the contract notice says it makes sense to keep the system until the possible availability of a government payment system next year. The solution will support payments of fines and for vehicle tax and personalised registrations.

 

Golden Jubilee Hospital launches patient portal

The Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, Scotland has begun to pilot a patient portal from Orion Health, initially for 40 pulmonary hypertensive patients attending the cardiac service. It will be rolled out to more patients following the completion of the two-phase pilot.

By accessing the portal, patients will be provided with a summary of their most up to date clinical records and related hospital appointments allowing them to share this information with other clinicians.

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