Government Technology: New Louisiana App Provides One-Stop Shop for Medicaid
Louisiana has debuted the Healthy Louisiana app, described as the first Medicaid enrollment app in the country. Available for Apple and Android users, residents can use the app to find doctors, compare plans, and sign up for coverage. This eliminates the need for paper forms, in-person Department of Health visits, and call center contacts.
As governments move toward data-driven policies, a new paper warns of the potential for attacks on data used to train algorithms and artificial intelligence. Once the training data is tainted, either maliciously or accidentally, the resulting performance is compromised. Governments need to be aware of these issues in order to safeguard the public and provide high-quality, equitable services.
Smart Cities Dive: Sewage-sniffing Robots May Be The Solution To City Opioid Crises
Robots that trawl city sewers are one of the newest lines of defense in the fight against opioids. Conducting “wastewater epidemiology,” these bots are being used by city governments to study sewage “biomarkers” that indicate the presence of drugs. The robot findings provide drug use data that helps city governments make policy decisions around opioids.
State Tech: How Smart Cities Are Deploying Edge Computing
Cities like Las Vegas and Pittsburgh are using edge computing to enhance their smart cities work. Edge computing means computing that happens at, or near, the data source, instead of at a centralized location. Many cities use IoT smart sensors to monitor traffic, infrastructure, and environmental changes, and edge computing at those sources means cities have quicker and more insightful data analysis.
Despite the stereotype that government is cumbersome and out-of-date, there are many pockets of disruption in government. An analysis of these pockets provides key tips for other government leaders, including the importance of digital accessibility and the need for user feedback.