Thursday, July 2, 2015

#StateOfCO, #StateOfKind

Improving the lives of Coloradans is a mission that state employees take very seriously, and it is a commitment that starts at the top. Governor Hickenlooper challenged Colorado earlier this year to commit 10,000 random acts of kindness. Schools, businesses, and individuals have been asked to lend a helping hand to someone else and to share these acts of kindness on social media using the hashtag #StateOfKind.

The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) strives to make life easier for all citizens of Colorado, and we’re thrilled to take part in this campaign. One recent example is the creation of real time eligibility for Medicaid applicants. This was a team effort between OIT, Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), and private partnerships. The result? An average of 16,000 applications per month are now being processed in real time. That means the application process is being trimmed down from 45 days to 45 minutes. Once the system determines a client is eligible for Medicaid, the client can often immediately obtain a medical card and start accessing health care through authorized providers. That is life changing for many people who have long-ignored, serious health problems.

Another revolutionary project at OIT to improve the health and safety of the state is the FirstNet Colorado initiative. The goal of this initiative is to launch the first public safety broadband network and provide emergency responders -- the heroes of our communities -- with a dedicated, nationwide, high-speed data network. When launched, FirstNet would help 5.4 million rescuers effectively respond across 3.8 million square feet of land nationally. This is especially important for aiding people during emergencies in isolated areas. FirstNet has the potential to exponentially increase collaboration to help emergency responders save more lives, solve more crimes, and keep our communities safer. Colorado is at the leading edge of this effort and, through the Adams County Communications Center, Inc. (ADCOM 911), deployed the first operational public safety LTE pilot network.

Over the past year, the OIT team has shown why we truly are the #StateOfKind. We have become increasingly engaged and customer-focused, and I could not be more proud of our work. Here is my #StateOfKind Facebook post in appreciation of all they do.

So help Governor Hickenlooper reach his goal of 10,000 acts of kindness in Colorado: Post your own #StateofKind thoughts on Facebook or Twitter -- or reshare or retweet one of ours.

Suma Nallapati: Colorado Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer. Colorado lover, business owner, mom, nuclear physics junkie. She’s the boss. Find me on Twitter at @Suma_Nallapati.

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