E-government and its challenges

The 2016 E-Government Survey issued by the United Nations poses some surprises and challenges. Australia received a weighted E-Government Development Index (EGDI) score of 0.9143 for 2016, made up of three components: Online Service Index (OSI), Telecommunication Infrastructure Index (TII), and Human Capital Index. In the throes of Rio Olympic fever, one could smugly sit […]

Making Innovation Happen

Some recent readings on innovation have set me thinking about the challenges we face to drive innovation, both within our company and with our clients. In launching a recent report, the OECD highlighted the need for a coordinated approach to technological change and innovation. While the OECD is focussed more on government-level policies, the theme […]

Streamlining Imports and Exports

  • March 15th, 2016
  • IT Strategy
  • Cogent Business Solutions

On the road to digital transformation. So good to see the Digital Transformation Office looking at simplifying import processes. Back in 2013, Cogent was engaged to conduct a feasibility study to investigate the opportunities for greater consistency in systems design, common processes in permit processing for regulated imports and exports across the Commonwealth. The feasibility […]

Pushing and Pulling in Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Digital health information can be pushed or pulled, and while most health information systems are likely to have components of both, it is important to understand that they exist in different paradigms and require different policy and legislation. Pushing of digitalised health data works in wa­­ys similar to paper based systems; only electronically. Pushed health […]

Digging Deeper: Big Data and Healthcare Planning

We have the numbers… now we can use them. It is the question of the decade: how do we not just collect but effectively use data to plan for the future of health. Increasing concerns surrounding rising healthcare costs, population densities, chronic diseases and aging populations only add fuel to this discussion. Data collection itself […]