A DNA database in the NHS: the end of privacy?
Governments, police, journalists, employers, insurers and even nosy neighbours would inevitably get access to personal information about medical conditions and non-paternity if a DNA database is built in the NHS, writes Dr Helen Wallace
Government faces growing data storage demands
With rapidly growing amounts of data being produced, Rusty Rosenberger sets out storage options available to government bodies
Open data – the big talk must be backed with action
Ministers want the government's data to drive innovation and improve people's lives. To achieve that, Bill McCluggage tells Matthew D'Arcy, government must adopt a strategic approach to open data instead of just pushing it out – and hoping for the best
Up the Amazon without a paddle...
Public sector organisations that fail to get up to speed with website design and online customer interaction risk losing any sense of legitimacy in the eyes of the people they are supposed to serve, warns Tom Steinberg of mySociety, who will be among the speakers at Public Service Events' Digital By Default 2012 conference
PSN – sharing costs and essential infrastructure
Local collaboration has long been at the heart of public service delivery but the Public Services Network opens up the prospect of looking beyond local partners, writes Neil Rogers
Why councils need to kick the late payment habit
Early payment allows the public sector to turn their spending into an asset and generate income at the same time as helping SMEs, writes Roberto Moretti
Cutting council costs – innovation, remote working and interesting intranets
West Lindsey Council is cutting its office costs through remote working – all enabled by an innovative intranet. Intranets are no longer a 'nice-to-have', writes Robert Killick
People want to engage police on Facebook and Twitter
Police forces should embrace a strong public desire to interact online – it can help with fighting crime, improving engagement and cutting costs, writes James Slessor
NHS needs a health check on data security
The NHS has been officially diagnosed with a long standing case of document leakage disease, writes Chas Moloney, who says patients are being badly let down
Data: releasing the power?
Open data may make government feel uncomfortable, but it's the future, a fuel for social and economic growth, insists Francis Maude. Matthew D'Arcy looks for progress
G-Cloud - fundamentally changing public sector IT
There is tremendous opportunity for the public sector to harness the power of social and mobile cloud computing to innovate and transform, says Steve Garnett
Big data: the public sector is still lagging behind
Achieving data transparency in the public sector is still work in progress, writes Mark Dunleavy
Dawn of the e-health era
Pascal Garel, Chief Executive of the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, charts the opportunities and difficulties in implementing telemedicine services across Europe…
'NHS must tell patients about data and privacy breaches'
Healthcare leaders must also become privacy leaders into the future, says Kurt Long, who insists change is needed in the NHS to make this happen
A secure network for the public sector
Civil servants should look forward to flexible working, increased office space and greater business efficiencies as a result of the Public Services Nework, writes Ross Parsell
'NHS and councils need help as they fall behind on data protection'
The NHS, local government and Whitehall bodies are lagging behind private firms when it comes to data protection compliance, warns the UK's information watchdog, re-emphasising the need for compulsory audit powers
A platform for empowerment
Scepticism about telehealth is misplaced, and such technology will be the driving force behind 21st Century medicine, believes InHealthcare CEO Saneth Wijayaratna…
Digital first – but not by default for the NHS
Digital services can transform the way health experts interact with patients, but we must be careful to ensure that those unfamiliar with technology are not left behind, delegates at Public Service Events' NHS Informatics conference heard. Matthew D'Arcy reports
Banking on 'Big Data'
All the evidence points to the development of a Digital Single Market being instrumental in future growth, as DIGITALEUROPE Director-General John Higgins highlights…
Drive to digital needs a whole new mindset
Realising the full potential of digital government is about more than technology, says Chris Yiu, head of the Digital Government Unit at Policy Exchange. Civil servants need to embrace the changes already sweeping through the rest of the economy