CHARLESTON, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) has selected the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System as a finalist for the 2017 Igniting Innovation Showcase to be held on March 14, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
The ACT-IAC’s Institute for Innovation seeks nominations to recognize highly innovative IT products, services, systems, and solutions that benefit government (federal, state, local, and tribal) and citizens. The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System was selected as one of 30 finalists out of 120 submissions to compete for the top award.
The Igniting Innovation Award is given to the best overall innovation as determined by social media voting by the audience at the event. Dynamite Awards are given by a panel of roving judges at the Showcase event. The judges will meet with each of the finalists during the event and select the innovation that best fits each of the following categories: Impactor, Game Changer, Transformer, and Incubator.
The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System enables the tracking of sexual assault kits from the time they are shipped to a healthcare facility to when they are collected and returned for forensic testing. Additionally, the system collects invaluable feedback on the quality of the collected kits that will be used to identify potential areas of improvement and training opportunities to ultimately improve evidence collection. The combination of these two features into a centralized, web-based solution that provides a single point of entry for all stakeholders results in a major process innovation for the tracking and evaluation of sexual assault kits. Visit http://finance.yahoo.com/news/west-virginia-aims-eliminate-untested-170000579.html for more information about the system.
"We are very honored that our system was selected by the ACT-IAC as a finalist for the 2017 Igniting Innovation Showcase,” said Rick Staton, Director of the Division of Justice and Community Services. “The system provides a major breakthrough to the longstanding problem of lost and untested sexual assault kits which is a problem faced by many states, and not unique to West Virginia."
For more information about ACT-IAC and the 2017 Igniting Innovation Showcase, visit https://www.actiac.org/events/igniting-innovation-2017?detail=324096.
The online system was developed by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services and the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory in partnership with WV.gov. Guidance and recommendations were also provided by the West Virginia Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission, the West Virginia Foundation for Rape Information and Services, and the West Virginia Hospital Association.
The Division of Justice and Community Services is part of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. For more information about the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, visit http://www.djcs.wv.gov.
WV.gov is the official website of the state of West Virginia (http://www.wv.gov) and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive. West Virginia Interactive works with state and local government agencies to build and manage interactive online services and is a subsidiary of digital government firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV).
Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is celebrating 25 years as the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 12,000 digital government services for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking digital government personal assistant, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.