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Defense Digital Service to the rescue

COVID-19 wreaked havoc on Navy ships during the early days of the pandemic, and it looked to the Defense Digital Service for help to get outbreaks under control. DDS's solution was the “MySymptoms” app, used to collect data from sailors. DDS's Katie Olson spoke Thursday at FedTalks on how the Navy used the app to collect and analyze health data every 12 hours, allowing health officials to then follow up with crew members who reported recurring symptoms. Jackson Barnett has more.

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With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Coast Guard launches new EHR

The Coast Guard followed in the footsteps of the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs in launching a modernized electronic health record that is interoperable with the larger agencies. The guard rolled out the new EHR program at a handful of medical clinics in October and plans to deploy the modernized systems at dozens of clinics next year, Rear Adm. Douglas Schofield, program executive officer of the guard’s EHR program, told reporters Thursday. More on the Coast Guard's EHR.

A partner for AI acquisition help

As agencies look to acquire artificial intelligence solutions and other emerging IT, they have a partner in the Office of Management and Budget's new IT Vendor Management Office. The office supplies agencies with governmentwide procurement data, contracting experts and contracts to help them make informed technology purchases — especially where emerging technologies are concerned, Michael Wooten, federal chief procurement officer, said this week at FedTalks. Dave Nyczepir has the story.

Better use of cloud can improve outlook for agencies’ AI development, White House report says

Agencies can more effectively use cloud computing as they try to develop artificial intelligence capabilities, according to a new report from the White House’s advisory panel on artificial intelligence. “While it is becoming well recognized that cloud computing can advance AI R&D, several technical and administrative challenges are currently limiting cloud adoption, ” the report from the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence says. Sara Wilson has more from the report.

Is your agency adopting workflow automation (robots)?

The need to improve citizen services with limited resources is pushing government agencies to adopt robotic process automation — or “robots” — and reduce the burden of repetitive work done by their employees. Tell us in this short survey how your agency is progressing to utilize workflow automation tools? Your responses will be kept anonymous. Take the survey.

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