UPI has an open protocol upon which other technologies can be built, creating a much larger and more useful network than its competitors for financial payments. By facilitating exactly what blockchain was supposed to do—cutting out intermediaries and inducing greater competition—UPI could force a global acceleration of innovation in payment technology.
The department of Veteran Affairs and The Defense Department are simultaneously trying to implement Electronic Health Records. The military health system is using a customized version of the same Cerner Millennium software VA has been struggling to implement, but the DoD version is much further along.
Dr. Molini Patel, with the department’s Bureau of Medical Services, won one of this year’s individual awards for her work using data to track COVID-19 infections among the department’s workforce and flagging hotspots that faced the greatest need for vaccines once they became available. The award also recognized Patel’s work tracking air quality data at 80 U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.
Bailey-Crimmins, who has been serving as state chief technology officer and CDT’s deputy director of the Office of Technology Services since February 2021, has more than 30 years of state government technology experience.