West Virginia Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System Places in Top 8 at Prestigious ACT-IAC Innovation Awards

CHARLESTON, W. Va.--()--The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System was recognized as a top 8 finalist at the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Igniting Innovation Showcase awards on April 26 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. Of the nearly 120 applicants, 30 were selected as finalists to showcase their innovation at the awards event. The winners were determined through a combination of judging and social media voting by attendees at the event.

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 could not be more proud of being selected as a top 8 finalist for the Igniting Innovation Showcase awards,” said Rick Staton, Director of the Division of Justice and Community Services. “The data being collected by this system will help to minimize or eliminate untested and lost kits and improve the quality of kit collection in West Virginia, and it is truly an honor to have this innovation recognized."

For more information about ACT-IAC 2017 Igniting Innovation Showcase and to view the complete list of finalists and winners, visit https://www.actiac.org/igniting-innovation-2017-0.

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.

About 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).

About NIC

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.

Contacts

WV.gov
Ian McQuinn, 304-414-0265 x1106
ian@wvinteractive.com

Release Summary

The West Virginia Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Information System was recognized as a top 8 finalist at the ACT-IAC Igniting Innovation Showcase awards.

Contacts

WV.gov
Ian McQuinn, 304-414-0265 x1106
ian@wvinteractive.com