Theme: Technology and Innovation have enabled counties to focus on strengthening counties’ capacities in three areas: 1) protecting public safety; 2) preserving public health and well-being; and 3) promoting local economies.

Preserving Health and Well-Being through Innovation Labs Pilot Programs
At the July 2015 Technology Innovation Summit, you learned how innovation labs leverage data and best practices that have the greatest potential to improve patient outcomes or demonstrate measurable value. Aetna’s Innovation Labs provide a source for unique ideas and programs that provide market-leading capabilities to improve health care quality and reduce costs for its customers and members. Through this organization, Aetna can test specific initiatives such as those related to disease prediction and intervention; rapidly determine success rates and impact across populations of members; and quickly expand programs that show promise. This session will dive deeper into outcomes that Aetna Innovation Labs pilot programs have achieved.

Promoting Local Economies through Smarter Communities
The theme of Smarter Communities conjures up a wide variety of definitions and approaches to delivering improved government services. Sub-themes such as sustainable, safer, healthy communities, livable communities, smart gird, smart transportation all provide more focus to this broader theme. This doesn’t make it any easier, as county governments are still struggling with the problems of leveraging limited resources, delivering more accountability and transparency. This session will discuss new approaches to building information, sharing information, streamlining processes, analyzing data trends and problems, while developing a modernized approach.

Demystifying How Broadband Technologies, Next Generation 9-1-1, FirstNet, and SAFECOM Protect Public Safety
This session will provide you with a better understanding of broadband, Next Generation 9-1-1, applications and how emerging technologies will affect the future. It will provide you with best practices on how to deploy emerging technologies; look at the fiscal impact that these technologies will have on counties; describe what grants states currently are receiving and how these trickle down to the counties; and discuss how NACo has positions on over 60 National boards including SAFECOM and FirstNet to better represent and get ahead of changes and mandates that could affect your county.

Making Cybersecurity Easier
Cybersecurity is too hard. There is a shortage of qualified people to fill cybersecurity positions and those in place are overwhelmed by the complexity and fragmentation of typical network defenses. This session will discuss ways to reduce this complexity and highlight the ways industry is working to help address these issues.

Emerging Cognitive Technologies to Augment Human Capacity and Understanding
Cognitive computing refers to systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose and interact with humans naturally. Rather than being explicitly programmed, they learn and reason from their interactions with us and from their experiences with their environment. They are made possible by advances in a number of scientific fields over the past half-century, and are different in important ways from the information systems that preceded them. It consists of augmenting the human ability to understand—and act upon—the complex systems of our society. This augmented intelligence is the necessary next step in our ability to harness technology in the pursuit of knowledge, to further our expertise and to improve the human condition. That is why it represents not just a new technology, but the dawn of a new era of technology, business and society.

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