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The Taos News

Cody Hooks

4 August 2016

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Improving health care with the patient’s goals in mind requires in-person consultations and a system that efficiently collects data from the patient’s medical history and treatment. The Camden Coalition Health Informa...

Coloradoan

Sarah Jane Kyle

3 August 2016

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Two Northern Colorado counties and Fort Collins, especially, face high levels of homelessness, many of whom are veterans, though it's not for a lack of organizations; rather, a lack of coordination among veterans' ser...

GeekWire

Lisa Stiffler

29 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The homeless population in Seattle is in a crisis of high proportions, with people facing a myriad of challenges. Different organizations have started to better integrate technology such as social media in addressing ...

Kaiser Health News

Jenny Gold

22 June 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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ER staff often have no idea they are sharing patients with other hospitals just a mile away. So they treat those patients completely independently, often repeating tests unnecessarily, assigning them multiple case man...

Mother Jones

Jaeah Lee

31 May 2016

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A new tool that studies human behavioral data is being piloted in an effort to prevent police abuse and violence. Using data kept by individual police departments, this new program studies officers’ history of past pr...

Ensia

Erica Gies

11 April 2016

United States

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The water system in the United States is beginning to be in need of replacement. In order to facilitate this infrastructure project and prevent it from becoming overwhelming, technology such as water sensors and softw...

Next City

Zoe Mendelson

25 February 2016

Mexico City, Mexico

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By “gamifying” the process, urban planners can crowdsource data collection. In Mexico City, members of 14 organizations—ranging from government agencies to nonprofits and consultants—launched a city-wide game, Mapatón...

BBC

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

3 February 2016

Estonia

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Government services are easily accessible in Estonia in part because everything is online. A digital signature carries the same weight as a physical signature, and data is shared between offices allowing forms such as...

The Shreveport Times

Lex Talamo

29 November 2015

Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

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Shreveport, Louisiana, faces blight. New Orleans decreased blight by 30 percent by creating an authority for the task, using technology to collect data, and providing residents with information and help.

NPR

Eric Westervelt

14 October 2015

Orlando, Florida, United States

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A Florida community college is boosting learning and graduation rates with new technology that gets professors access to real-time data on student engagement and performance.

The Buffalo News

Mary B. Pasciak

27 September 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Schools in Los Angeles have strict consequences for truancy and tardiness but offer rewards and recognition for good attendance. Administrators use iPhones to record the ID numbers of tardy students, tracking them in ...

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M. Sophia Newman

1 July 2015

Nairobi, Kenya

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Non-profit organization Reliefwatch is addressing supply chain breakdowns for developing world health clinics by sending them robocalls asking about procurement needs. The information updates a database in real time,...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Rebecca Plevin

13 May 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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One challenge of the United States’ health care system involves keeping costs down while simultaneously improving the level of quality care. Cedars-Sinai Health System in Los Angeles has adopted electronic medical rec...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Rebecca Plevin

6 May 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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The United States health care system is expensive and enables doctors to prescribe costly brand name medication instead of generic versions. Sutter Health assembles its doctors a few times a week to review with electr...

Seven Days

Ken Picard

4 March 2015

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Medical providers, tech experts and business professionals joined together to create in Vermont to create MEDSINC, a mobile app that helps people with no medical background to treat children with health risks. The "mo...

The Globe and Mail

John Lorinc

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignore...

Pacific Standard

Sam Quinones

29 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 2014, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that gang-related crime had dropped by nearly half since 2008. The transformation of LA holds lessons for decreasing violent crime through community policing, a foc...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

28 June 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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San Francisco’s chronically homeless population remains staggeringly high. Salt Lake City has managed to eradicate much of their chronically homeless by geographically placing supportive housing distant from the city’...

TED Blog

Kate Torgovnick May

6 May 2014

United States

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Crisis Text Line provides counseling services via text, a medium with which teens are sometimes more comfortable. The approach complements the work of counselors and collects data for research purposes.

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 December 2013

High Point, North Carolina, United States

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Areas of High Point, North Carolina have suffered from crime, poverty, and neglect, until the city began implementing Operation Ceasefire, a policing program that uses data collecting, community support against crime....

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

13 November 2013

Port-au-Prince, Philippines

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After typhoon Haiyan, the devastation to the Philippines was hard to locate and track. The Red Cross staffed volunteers to sort through crowd-sourced data to create maps. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap software applic...

WNYC

Manoush Zomorodi

16 October 2013

New York, New York, United States

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent ...

Time Magazine

Victor Luckerson

10 December 2012

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Like their for-profit counterparts, charities are starting to embrace Big Data as a means to perform more efficiently and share that performance with potential donors. Data gathered is used both to measure successes a...

Inside Climate News

Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

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