January 2013 – The Healthcare Payments Hub: A New Paradigm for Funds and Data Transfers in Healthcare

from the HIMSS Medical Banking Project World Bank Task Force

There is opportunity for providers, payers, banks, financial networks, and healthcare clearinghouses to establish an interoperable healthcare payments “hub” that enables Straight Through Processing of healthcare financial transactions This hub is intended to demonstrate bottom line financial advantage to each of the counterparties and/or stakeholders involved.


World Bank ICT Days: Live webcast of the forthcoming events at the World Bank

Crowdsourcing Development Solutions for a Smarter Future, with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park – Live Webcast

EVENT: Crowdsourcing Development Solutions for a Smarter Future
DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2013
TIME: 08:30 to 10:00 AM EST (DC time), 12:30 to 14:00 GMT
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

Three-quarters of the world’s inhabitants have access to a mobile phone today, prices of computing and mobile internet devices are plunging, and social media tools are nearly universal. The potential that holds for global development is immense. Information & Communication Technology (ICT) approaches or “smart solutions” are already recognized as critical to solving the development challenges of tomorrow, including using technology to leverage the power of collective intelligence and crowdsourcing expertise and ideas from around the world.

On February 28, join United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and other global experts for a live-streamed conversation about the role of technology in a “smarter future.” The event is part of the World Bank’s ICT Solutions Day, which engages decision makers and experts in an open, collaborative process of developing ICT-enabled approaches to development challenges.


Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, United States
Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
Jean-Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of ICT and Youth, Rwanda
Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, Ghana
Bikesh Kurmangaliyeva, Deputy Chairperson of the Board, “Zerde” National ICT Holding, Kazakhstan
Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Africa region, World Bank
Andrew Stott, former CTO and Deputy CIO, UK Government

Read more in these 2012 World Bank reports: Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile and The Transformational Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Africa.

Follow the event on Twitter using hashtag: #wblive

When: February 27, 28 and March 1, 2013


You are cordially invited to watch a live webcast of the upcoming ICT events at the World Bank:

Cloud Computing Masterclass on February 27,
Incorporating Design Thinking Approaches in Development Projects on February 27,
ICT Solutions Day: Co-Creating a Smarter Future on February 28,
Open Data Readiness Assessment Briefing on March 1,
Urban Living Labs as the Engine for Smart Cities on March 1,
Digital Inclusiveness through Local Content Creation Workshop on March 1.

Submit your comments and questions via Twitter (Hashtags: #wbICT and #SmartDev) or our Chat Room (via Adobe Connect) @ https://worldbankva.adobeconnect.com/ict

1. Cloud Computing Masterclass
February 27, 09:00am – 11:30am Washington time

Speaker: Andrew Stott, former Deputy CIO, UK Government; Senior Consultant, ICT Unit


Masterclass session – What is cloud? What are the benefits? What are global leaders doing?
Cloud clinic – 40 reasons against Cloud and how these can be swamped
Debate and brainstorming session – How to get a cloud initiative running including cloud readiness assessment.

Live Webcast / Recorded Session: www.worldbank.org/edevelopment/live and http://streaming2.worldbank.org:8080/vvflash/extlive2

2. Incorporating Design Thinking Approaches in Development Projects
February 27, 12:30pm – 02:00pm Washington time

Speaker: Mikko Koria, Development Director, IDBM Program Aalto University School of Economics

All across the world, higher education, industries, public sector, and users are linking to each other into innovation ecosystems. How can these collaborations that now include users as a critical component help while designing Bank operations? Professor Mikko Koria, Director of the International Business Design Management program at Aalto University (Finland) will share with us why these collaborations matter in human and business development, why we should consider them as an approach towards project design, and how we can leverage its design thinking principles as an approach to problem solving for better project preparation and policy design.

Live Webcast / Recorded Session: http://streaming2.worldbank.org:8080/vvflash/extlive2

3. ICT Solutions Day: Co-Creating a Smarter Future
February 28, 08:30am – 06:00pm Washington time

Smart Solutions is about identifying and scaling innovative, ICT-enabled approaches to development challenges. In this day-long event we will leverage the best global thinking to explore the power of collective intelligence and the latest technology enablers to co-create smart solutions across the sectors. Selected countries will present their challenges and the audience together with experts will engage into design thinking – a client-driven, open, collaborative process of building up meaningful ICT-enabled solutions that will address the challenges in a new way. See a schedule and description at http://go.worldbank.org/J3HCU23B50.

Live Webcast / Recorded Session: http://live.worldbank.org/crowd-sourcing-development-solutions-us-cto-todd-park and http://streaming2.worldbank.org:8080/vvflash/extlive2
Join our microvolunteering and crowdsourcing efforts for smarter solutions via LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Open-Development-Technology-Alliance-137043?gid=137043

4. Open Data Readiness Assessment Briefing
March 1, 09:00am – 10:40am Washington time

Speakers: Andrew Stott and Jeff Kaplan, Senior Consultants, ICT Unit

The World Bank has become a leader in Open Data both through its own experience and work with some of the world’s pioneering Open Data initiatives. Governments at all levels are starting to see Open Data as a powerful tool for transformation of their countries into dynamic, innovative economies, with modern, citizen-centered public sectors and vibrant ICT markets.

The Development Data Group (DECDG), the ICT Sector Unit (TWICT) and the World Bank Institute (WBI) have partnered to help client countries use Open Data for development. As part of this global initiative, DECDG and TWICT have been awarded a grant from the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building to support the implementation of Open Data initiatives in client countries. Under this initiative, we are able to support a limited number of Open Data Readiness Assessments to diagnose what a government need to do to make its data truly open and to use open data to improve public services and government performance and transparency, as well as to create jobs and catalyze innovation throughout an economy.

The World Bank’s Open Government Data Working Group has recently developed an ‘Open Data Readiness Assessment’ (ODRA) tool for conducting an action-oriented assessment of the readiness of a government – or even an individual agency – to evaluate, design and implement an Open Data initiative. The tool is added to the ‘Open Data Toolkit’ published at data.worldbank.org/ogd. It is made freely available for others to adapt and use. We invited Andrew Stott and Jeff Kaplan, who are the main authors of the tool, to provide a briefing on the methodology to those interested to make use of the tool and share the early findings from the ongoing assessment to Ulyanovsk Oblast of Russia, the first such assessment using this methodology.

You can access and contribute comments on the ODRA tool online at the following link: http://personal.crocodoc.com/7yQvCzX

Live Webcast / Recorded Session – http://streaming2.worldbank.org:8080/vvflash/extlive2

5. Urban Living Labs as the Engine for Smart Cities
March 1, 11:00am – 01:00pm Washington time

Speaker: Jarmo Eskelinen, Chair, ENOLL/CitySDK

What are smart cities anyway? Mr. Jarmo Eskalinen, Head of Forum Virium in Helsinki and CEO of the European Network of Living Labs will share with us their approach, one that creates better collaborations between citizens and governments through technology; and one where living labs become the orchestrators of such ecosystem.

Live Webcast / Recorded Session – http://streaming2.worldbank.org:8080/vvflash/extlive2

6. Digital Inclusiveness through Local Content Creation Workshop
March 1, 02:00pm – 04:00pm Washington time

Speaker: Tony Simard, President and Founder of Boite à Innovation

The workshop will present innovative and user-friendly technologies developed by the Boîte à innovations in African languages Fon, Yoruba, Baatonou, Wolof, Pulaar in addition to French and English. Boîte à innovations-a Canadian company with branches and partners in Cotonou, Libreville and Dakar- uses integrated approaches of literacy and V-learning to develop training modules and user friendly applications in a number of key areas including micro-finance, computer science and market surveys. The approach of Boite à innovation is an interesting example of content creation adapted to African languages and cultures and aimed at enhancing confidence and creating a digital culture for all.

Live Webcast / Recorded Session – http://streaming2.worldbank.org:8080/vvflash/extlive2

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