Disruptive Technology and the Public Sector
The term “disruptive technology” refers to innovations that displace established technologies, sometimes creating entirely new industries. Past examples include the automobile replacing the horse and carriage, or the rise of computers fundamentally changing the way we live. In the present disruptive technologies are transforming the way citizens and government relate to each other.
Government Technology reports:
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, which cares for 22,000 inmates in 27 facilities, including the Baltimore city jail, was spending $5 million to $6 million annually in transport and overtime pay to take prisoners to off-site clinics. It recently made a significant investment in telehealth equipment in partnership with its private-sector partner, Pittsburgh-based Wexford Health Sources Inc. Dr. Thomas Lehman, Wexford’s corporate medical director, said Maryland is not alone in expressing interest in expanding the equipment’s use. “When we look at the new bids and proposals, all corrections departments across the country are now interested, not only from the aspect of public safety and decreasing overtime costs, but also of delivering good care and access to specialists for inmate patients.”