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Kentucky receives top digital honor for success of kynect

State also ranked in Top 5 for Enterprise Information and Communications Technology

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) — Kentucky continues to receive accolades for the success of its federal health reform registration program. The Center for Digital Government’s 2014 Digital States Survey, which reflects states use of technology and efforts to change entrenched practices, gave Kentucky first place honors in the health and human services category for its use of kynect.

kynect“Having Kentucky recognized for best practices in using technology is a powerful testament to the emphasis we place on improving and delivering services to our citizens and businesses,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “I’m proud to be honored by professional and peer organizations for our diligence in employing strategies that move Kentucky forward.”

The state will be honored at the Digital States Performance Institute survey awards celebration on Sept. 28 in Nashville as part of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) annual meeting.

Kentucky was also named a Top 5 state for its use of Enterprise Information and Communications Technology. This includes the Kentucky business portal, onestop.ky.gov, which makes it easy for businesses to access information they need to start up, expand or locate in Kentucky. Other work noted is the ongoing consolidation of IT infrastructure services, expected to be completed in 2015.

“I am continually amazed at the expertise and talent we have in regard to technology,” said Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Lori H. Flanery. “Our staff has worked extensively on the health benefit exchange, GIS mapping, IT consolidation in addition to so many other outstanding projects.”

Kentucky received an overall grade of B-plus. Based on the survey criteria, this grade reflects that Kentucky continues to trend upward as state leaders focus on using technology to improve service delivery, increase capacity, change cost structures and reach policy goals. Twenty-one states were designated as trending up, 17 consistent and 12 trending down.

The Center for Digital Government, part of eRepublic, has conducted the biennial Digital States Survey for 17 years ago. The group evaluates the digital technology practices of all 50 states, assigning each state a grade based on quantifiable results in better serving citizens and streamlining operations. For more information on go to www.centerdigitalgov.com.