The Obama administration awarded $80 million in investments in smart city initiatives that have innovative ways to protect the environment, update transportation, increase public safety, and transform city services. The number of participating cities has doubled since September 2015, when the White House first launched the Smart Cities Initiative, exceeding 70 communities.

A text messaging service called HelloVote launched Thursday to allow people to register to vote in minutes by texting or using Facebook Messenger.






Well-trained teams and basic training are the best forces against health data attacks, according to critical infrastructure experts.






The Brookings Institution recently released a study, “From health care capital to innovation hub: Positioning Nashville as a leader in health IT,” which positions Nashville as the city of the future for digital health. “We really think Nashville needs to be put on the map for health IT,” said Scott Andes, lead author of the report.






Boston’s Office of Emergency Management upgraded the city’s emergency notification system, AlertBoston, based on citizen feedback.






Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead named Tony Young as the new Director of the Department of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) and state chief information officer.






The U.S News Honor Roll this month released its 20 best hospitals list–revamped for 2016-2017 to take both the national rankings and the procedure and condition ratings into account. Of these 20 hospitals, 19 use Epic Systems.






The Department of Health and Human Services announced $87 million in funding for more than 1,000 health centers across the United States and its territories to support health IT enhancements.






As support for marijuana legalization grows across the country, police departments are looking for new ways to detect if drivers are under the influence of the drug.






New York became the first state to require banks, insurance companies, and other financial services institutions to create and maintain cybersecurity programs.






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