The NITC has identified nine strategic initiatives which materially advance the Commission's vision and goals. These strategic initiatives are projects that are ready to be implemented and that require an enterprise approach, involvement by the NITC, and/or cooperation of multiple entities for their success. By emphasizing selected strategic initiatives, the NITC hopes to encourage funding of these initiatives and to encourage state agencies to work together to advance these initiatives. The statewide technology plan includes a set of action items for each strategic initiative. These action items guide the work of the Nebraska Information Technology Commission (NITC) and its advisory groups.
The NITC's current strategic initiatives are:
Community IT Planning and Development
State Government Efficiency
Public Safety Communications System
Security and Business Resumption
Nebraska Spatial Data Infrastructure
In order to develop a broadband, scalable telecommunications infrastructure that optimizes the quality of service to every public entity in the state of Nebraska, the Office of the CIO and the University of Nebraska engaged in a collaborative partnership that used existing and new resources to aggregate disparate networks into a multipurpose core backbone extending from Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island to Scottsbluff. Benefits of Network Nebraska include lower network costs, greater efficiency, interoperability of systems providing video courses and conferencing, increased collaboration among educational entities, new educational opportunities, more affordable Internet access, and better use of public investments. Network Nebraska is now shifting its focus to utilization and application development. To facilitate this shift, eight continued and three new action items are included in this new version of the Statewide Technology Plan. Community aggregation, IPv6 planning, and enterprise MCU bridge services are featured among the new action items.
In order to foster community and economic development in Nebraska through the effective use of information technology, the NITC Community Council has built partnerships with other organizations to develop and deliver outreach programs. The Community Council is currently supporting the broadband planning initiative funded as part of the Nebraska Public Service Commission's broadband mapping grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. More information can be found at Nebraska Broadband.
eHealth technologies include telehealth, electronic health records, e-prescribing, computerized physician order entry, and health information exchange. The widespread adoption of electronic health records and other eHealth technologies is expected to reduce medical errors, improve quality of care, and reduce health care costs for payers.
The Nebraska Information Technology Commission formed an eHealth Council in 2007 to make recommendations on how the State of Nebraska can effectively and efficiently promote the adoption of interoperable health technologies. On March 15, 2010, the State of Nebraska received $6.8 million in funding from the Office of the National Coordinator's State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement program, which was created as part of the HITECH ACT in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The eHealth Council has developed strategic and operational eHealth plans which guide the implementation of Nebraska's State HIE Cooperative Agreement funding.
The primary objective of the Digital Education Initiative is to promote the effective and efficient integration of technology into the instructional, learning, and administrative processes and to utilize technology to deliver enhanced digital educational opportunities to students at all levels throughout Nebraska on an equitable and affordable basis. This initiative will involve the coordination and promotion of several major systems and applications that have either been developed mostly at the local level or have not been replicated statewide. A new action item involves development of statewide directory services structured to allow students and staff a single sign-on to learning management and content management systems. This initiative also includes four previous action items for continuation. The Distance Education Council/ESU Coordinating Council is recognized as a lead entity to assist in moving these actions forward.
The State Government Council will address multiple items improving efficiency in state government, including implementing shared services and adopting standards and guidelines. The council has identified and is working to implement multiple shared services for state government agencies. Also, the council will continue to develop standards and guidelines to better coordinate state agency technology efforts.
Through the use of technology, state agencies can enhance information sharing, service delivery, and constituency and client participation. Benefits include improved services for citizens and businesses, and increased efficiency and effectiveness for agencies.
The Regional Interoperability Advisory Board, Office of the CIO, and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency have established strategic goals and grants guidance to improve state and local interoperable communications capabilities. The statewide telecommunications strategy integrates regional communications systems, the mutual aid frequency plan, and the state communications infrastructure. The Office of the CIO has developed a plan for a statewide interoperable communications network that consolidates a cores of state agencies on a single system platform.
To develop and foster an environment and infrastructure that optimizes the efficient use of geospatial technology, data, and services to address a wide variety of business and governmental challenges within the state. Geospatial technologies and data will be delivered in a way that supports policy and decision making at all levels of government to enhance the economy, safety, environment and quality of life for Nebraskans.
This initiative will define and clarify policies, standards and guidelines, and responsibilities related to the security of the State's information technology resources. Benefits include lower costs by addressing security from an enterprise perspective, cost avoidance, and protecting the public trust.