e-Swabhimani – The National Best e-Content Award

e-Swabhimani – The National Best e-Content Award

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the creativity and diversity of locally developed content and to find digital solutions that have a strong impact on the society

Objectives

  • To promote and popularize the development of relevant e-Content and application as per the local requirement.
  • To recognize and incentivize the best e-Content and application creators, introduce them to the world market.

In Essence

Partners

Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure

A wide range of content are developed that would serve the needs of society.

e-Heritage Programme – Cutting-edge Digital Heritage Information

e-Heritage Project

Heritage tourism has emerged as one of the most successful types of modern tourism. However, at present the access to information on cultural heritage is limited and scattered. The accuracy and consistency of available information are also concerns.

Given this context, the ICTA initiated the ‘e-Heritage Project’ to introduce cutting-edge technology for the storage and dissemination of information on the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

The Project is a three year (2016-2018), implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other national stakeholders. ICTA will obtain the support of services providers and experts in the fields of cultural heritage, archaeology and tourism promotion during the implementation. Sustainability will be ensured in collaboration with the stakeholders to enhance benefits to the tourists, students, academia and the society in general.

Objectives

The Project aim to improve tourists’ access to information, tourists’ knowledge and satisfaction on Heritage sites through comprehensive digital Heritage framework to raise Sri Lanka’s image as a Heritage Destination.

In Essence

Partners

  • Ministry of Education
  • Department of Archeology
  • Central Cultural Fund
  • Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO
  • Department of National Museums

The enhanced knowledge on cultural heritage sites and the satisfaction contribute to increase in the overall tourist (local and overseas) to Heritage sites, which directly impact positively on revenue from cultural Heritage sites.

Digital Health Project

Digital Health Project

The Digital Health programme of ICTA aims to create a ‘Digital Health Echo System’ in the country by introducing electronic health records and supportive information systems into the Government healthcare service whist creating an enabling environment for private sector, healthcare professionals, academia and all other stakeholders to engage effectively in implementing digital health across the country by end of December 2018.

Project Goal
Improve quality, safety, efficiency and patient centeredness in service delivery of Sri Lankan state health sector using information and Communication Technology

Objectives

1.    To increase the Electronic Medical Records coverage of the selected hospitals up to 80% from the total patients who access the health services
2.    To ensure availability of updated, accurate information for patient care and planning of health services.

3.    To improve quality and efficiency in service delivery, governance, accountability and effective use of resources of the government hospitals.

4.    To improve the capacity of health authorities to detect emerging and re-emerging diseases and take necessary preventive actions.

In Essence

Partners

Ministry of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine
Provincial Departments of Health Services
  • To increase the Electronic Medical Records coverage of the country up to 60% from the total patients who access the government health services.
  • To ensure availability of updated, accurate information for interested parties including policy makers, medical administrators, doctors and patients.
  • To improve governance, accountability and effective use of resources of the government hospitals.
  • To Improve interoperability of EHR by supporting national level frameworks
  • To improve the capacity of health authorities to detect emerging and endemic health problems and take immediate measurements to control such problems.

Implement Electronic Health Records Systems in 300 government hospitals
Electronic medical records for 60% of Sri Lankan population

Our Approach

Project Steering Committee
Chairperson – DGHS, Co-Chairperson – CEO or Representative of ICTA
Members : Ministry of Health – DDG (Planning), Director (HI), 9 Provincial Directors
ICTA: Director – Projects, Programme Manager, Project Manager (Digital Health)

Provincial Project Steering Committee
Chairperson and Co-Chairperson – PDHS and a Senior Medical Administrator (Where Necessary)
Members: Representatives of ICTA, Regional Directors of Health Services, Directors/MSs of selected Hospitals

e-Hospital Steering Committee
Chairperson – Director/MS of the Hsopital
Members: Representatives of ICTA, PDHS/RDHS Office,  Representatives of all layers of the hospital including administrators, medical officers, nurses, pharmacists, MLTs, minor staff, etc.

300 Government Hospitals

Hospital Health Information Management System (HHIMS) is a collaborative effort of the ICTA and the Ministry of Health implemented by the Digital Health project. It is a comprehensive, integrated information management system designed to manage health records/ information of hospitals. HHIMS also provides information on progressive health records of patients for informed decision making. ICTA possess the expertise, experience, materials including software in par with the international standards to implement the HHMIS in Sri Lanka.The system developed on FOSS platform is now have implemented in many Base and District hospitals such as follows.

  • Base Hospital Dambadeniya
  • Base Hospital Awissawella
  • Base Hospital Panadura
  • Base Hospital Mahaoya
  • District Hospital Dompe
  • District General Hospital Ampara
  • Base Hospital Horana
  • Base Hospital Homagama

Other Initiatives

Web based Document Management System for National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA)
Computerization of National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka (NBTS)
Inventory Management System for Department of Bio Medical Engineering Ministry of Health , Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine

01

Currently the employees of NMRA and NMQAL are facing huge difficulties when performing their duties as they have to manage a huge amount of paper based files and forms.Most of their working spaces have invaded by the mountains of files which make the working environment very complicated and stressful. Hence the management of NMRA has come up with an idea to get rid of this messy environment by moving to a possible computer based solution.As a result they have invited ICTA, the national consultancy agency for implementing IT based solutions within government organizations in Sri Lanka to team up with them to implement a proper web based solution.

Having accepted the invitation, ICTA conducted a process study at NMRA to identify their complex and interdependent functionalities and possible process reengineering opportunities as the first step.

Proposed web based Document Management System for National Medicines Regulatory (NMRA) is intended to manage the document processing related to issuing certificates for drugs, device and borderline products and activities of its sub division named, NMQAL. ICTA will assist them for future engagements in developing and implementing this system through their expertise of project management.

02

National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is a special campaign under the Ministry of Healthcare, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine. It has a unique role providing timely supply of quality assured blood and blood components and related laboratory, clinical, academic and research services for the entire government sector hospitals and for the majority of the private sector hospital in the country.

In order to manage Island wide operations efficiently and effectively, an information system was developed for NBTS, which act as a Management Information System (MIS) based on the primary information. It consists of several components such as Centre Management, User Management, Basic HRM, Donor Registration, Donation Management, Mobile Donation, Campaign Management, Receiving Counter Management, Request Counter Management, Issuing Counter Management, Blood & Blood Component Stock management, Inventory Management and Laboratories.

The system also facilitates decision making through a Decision Support System (DSS) providing a few dash boards enabling accurate planning and forecasting.

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka is currently working in close collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service as the technical adviser to accomplish the Phase I of the National Blood Transfusion Service Information System (NBTSIS).

03

Being the center of procuring, distributing and maintaining the bio medical equipment and spare parts in Sri Lankan government hospitals, Bio Medical Engineering Department resides a huge responsibility with them. They are frequently troubled with keeping updated records on the locations of medical equipment and their spare parts in the current manual process. With the help of ICTA, Department of Bio Medical Engineering was able to figure out a solution addressing this issue. ICTA has done a comprehensive business analysis to understand the current situation and provided them with a better solution through introducing an efficient and effective inventory management system.

Contact Us

Project Management Unit- Digital Health Project
460/A,
New Building,
Ministry of Healthcare,
Nutrition and Indigenous medicine,
T.B. Jayah Mawatha,
colombo 10.
T.P.: 011-2678099
Fax: 011-2678099

Lanka Government Cloud 2.0

Lanka Government Cloud 2.0

When the current technology enhancements and trends are considered, it is essential to implement a fully-fledged cloud environment which is capable of facilitating the emerging needs. Furthermore, ICTA is planning for new initiatives such as big data analytics, digital documentation and mGov application which need a fully-fledged cloud environment.

The version 1 of Lanka Government Cloud (LGC 1.0) was initially implemented with the objective of facilitating Lanka Gate and its components and enhanced later as a government cloud. Due to this, there are some limitations to enhance the LGC 1.0 further to cater to all government and emerging needs.

In view of the above facts, ICTA intends to implement an industry standard cloud environment to serve as the ‘Lanka Government Cloud 2.0’ (LGC 2.0) to provide efficient, cost effective, reliable and secure services. LGC 2.0 will cater to all government infrastructure requirements and it is expected that citizen engagement will be increased in numerous ways with proposed initiatives. While LGC 2.0 will be providing answers to the limitations and constraints of the initial version of the LGC (LGC 1.0), LGC 2.0 will create the platform to move forward with government cloud (G-Cloud) concept with great scalability.

Parallel to the Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0) which aims at connecting 3,500 government organizations during next three years, LGC 2.0 will be playing a vital role. Big data cluster will be a key component of LGC 2.0, where all government data belong to all categories will be stored. Big data analytics (or process of examining large data sets containing a variety of data types) which will be a major outcome of the big data cluster can be very effectively used for the economic growth of the country. Apart from this, open data platform will create a conducive environment in the country along with the government’s initiatives such as ‘Right-to-Information – RTI’ act.

In Essence

LGC 2.0 aims at providing industry standard cloud services to cater to all government. LGC 2.0 will consist of a big data cluster which will facilitate storing of government data belong to any category, big data analytics and open data platform. Moreover, LGC 2.0 will provide common shared services such as document management system.

  • Provide industry standard cloud services
  • Promote effective utilization of hardware resources by using latest cloud operations systems and tools.
  • Provide centralized solutions for common platforms such as document management system and big data platform.
  • To be aligned with the current technology enhancements and trends and thereby facilitating the services for emerging needs.
  • 1 Petabyte storage for big data cluster Other statistics are not yet available. However, planning to provide;
  • IaaS, SaaS facilities for all government needs
  • Virtual machine and Docker based (application container) services
  • Common and shared services for all government organizations

Lanka Government Cloud 1.0

Lanka Government Cloud 1.0

Cloud computing has emerged significantly and many businesses and governments worldwide entertain number of benefits by subscribing to the services offered by clouds. Under the ‘Lanka Gate’ project of the e-Sri Lanka initiative, the primary objective of this hardware infrastructure was to host a group of systems including Lanka Gate, Country Portal, Mobile Portal, associated e-Services and other re-engineering government solutions. This hardware infrastructure was designed in such a manner that it can be expanded to support not only the systems listed above, but also it can meet IT system requirements of the entire government organizations. Furthermore, this model could entertain hardware (server) requirements of any government organization which is willing to leverage on this infrastructure to add physical hardware resources to increase the scalability. Along with the ‘Government Community Cloud’ concept, this framework of hardware and network infrastructure is named as ‘Lanka Government Cloud (LGC)’.

LGC was implemented in 2011, and LGC is primarily designed for the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivery model which is the most common cloud delivery model. However, Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery models are also desirable for government for hosting some categories of application. ICTA has already deployed several applications under SaaS model.

LGC now runs more than 400 virtual servers for more than 50 applications including critical production systems such as Lanka Gate and its components, e-Services, e-Civil Registry, e-State Land Information Management System and e-Local Government. Government organizations have several benefits such as high availability, security, cost effectiveness, flexibility and easy implementation by leveraging on LGC. Therefore, the demand has been increased.

In Essence

Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) was implemented with the primary objective of providing reliable, secure and cost effective infrastructure services. LGC is a blade-server based hardware infrastructure with virtualization capabilities with high hardware level redundancy.

Government organizations can leverage on LGC rather than investing on servers and server rooms/data centers.

  • Provide reliable and secure infrastructure facilities for the Lanka Gate and its components.
  • Provide reliable, secure, cost-effective and flexible infrastructure facilities for e-Government applications.
  • Facilitate the government to adopt cloud technologies and thereby increase the success rate of e-Government applications.
  • More than 400 virtual servers
  • 50+ different applications
  • 20+ government organizations

Lanka Government Network Postal Office Connect (LGN P-Connect)

Lanka Government Network Postal Office Connect (LGN P-Connect)

To build highly available, secure and reliable government network to link all post offices to a single digital infrastructure.

The project will be implemented in 200 post offices in year 2016;

Outputs

  • Establish government network with 100Mbps last mile connectivity to each post office.
  • Establish wireless networks at each post office
  • Enable access to unlimited Hi-Speed secure Internet facility for postal offices (up to 10Gbps)
  • Enable access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any post office
  • Offer better and cost effective communication platform to use with cloud based email facility, G2G IP based voice facility and video communication facility to entire postal network
  • To provide trusted and secure connectivity to other government organizations to exchange government data.

Outcomes

Achieve the connected government concept by connecting every government organization to a single data backbone to make public services citizen centric and perform cross organizational functionalities electronically. Ensure the accessibility to the LGN network from anywhere in the country via Wi-Fi technology.

In Essence

Lanka Government Network Postal Office Connect (LGN P-Connect) is the high-speed underlying information infrastructure which is:

  • highly available (works 99.99% of the time)
  • secure (free from virus and hacking, encrypted)
  • reliable (consistent performance)
  • To provide high speed Wide Area Network (100Mbps) connectivity to post offices to connect with LGN main backbone
  • To provide Wi-Fi facility to access LGN services and government services for employees and for citizens as well.
  • To establish a common digital infrastructure to postal network of Sri Lanka to share information and provide digital content and electronic services to general public

Connectivity and LGN P-Connect facilities will be provided to total of 4000 post offices by end of year 2017.

Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0)

Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0)

Aligned with the National Policy of ‘Digitization of Economy’, ICTA implements several initiatives to provide efficient and effective services to the citizens and businesses. Improving and developing the digital infrastructure of Sri Lanka is one of the key initiatives undertaken by ICTA towards achieving the above objective. In order to transform Sri Lanka towards a digitally empowered society, ICTA has introduced some revolutionary technologies, LGN is a strategic project of Re-Engineering Government program launched by the ICTA.

The government of Sri Lanka has recognized the need for a digital economy and has taken measures to digitalize the administration in order to successfully face future economic and social challenges.
Lanka Government Network version 2.0 (LGN 2.0) is a Wide Area Computer Network which is the highly available, secure and reliable and dedicated underlying information infrastructure backbone that aims to connect all the government organizations of GOSL in a cost-effective and secure manner to provide centralized Internet, Email and video conferencing services, Enable access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any government organization. Also, it’s provide number of government eservices and Provide trusted and secure connectivity to other government organizations to exchange government data through this network.

By successfully deploying the LGN project, ICTA aims at encouraging public sector employees to get better acquainted with Information and Communication Technology (ICT), assuring efficiency and smooth flow of information as well as improving standards of service in the public sector to be able to provide efficient citizen services.

 

 

Objectives

• To establish a dedicated digital infrastructure to government in order for share information and provide digital content and electronic services to general public.
• To provide high speed Wide Area Network connectivity to 860 government locations to connect with LGN main backbone.
• To provide Wi-Fi facility to access government services for employees and for citizens as well.
• To facilitate the government organizations to utilize this LGN network for effective and efficient service delivery
•  To merge existing network infrastructure of each government organization into LGN network where if required.
•  To provide uninterrupted, reliable and fast Internet connectivity to the government organizations.
•  To provide trusted and secure connectivity to other government organizations to exchange government data.

To formulate policies, operating procedures and guidelines to assure the security of the network to align with industry best practices, the proposed LGN 2.0 initiative offers up to 100 Mbps last mile connectivity for all government location through fiber optic media. Also from this network ICTA intends to build their Local area network with providing Wi-Fi facilities with enabling cross government dedicated network in Sri Lanka.

In Essence

Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN 2.0) is the high-speed underlying information infrastructure which is:

  • highly available (works 99.99% of the time)
  • secure (free from virus and hacking, encrypted)
  • reliable (consistent performance)
  • Established government network with 2Mbps to 100Mbps last mile connectivity to each government organizations including post offices.
  • Established wireless networks at each government location.
  • Enabled access to unlimited Hi-Speed secure Internet facility for government organizations
  • Enabled access to Lanka Government Cloud (LGC) services from any government organization
  • Enabling of  integration with existing networks in GoSL with LGN in a secure manner
  • Offer a better and cost effective communication platform to use with cloud based email facility, G2G IP based voice facility and video communication facility
  • Offer relevant ICT training facilities to government officers through Capacity Building project

Connectivity and LGN 2.0 facilities provided to total of 3500 government organizations by end of year 2017.

Lanka Government Network (LGN) 1.0

Lanka Government Network (LGN)

The ‘Lanka Government Network’ (LGN) is the government owned private network which is highly available, secure and reliable underlying information infrastructure backbone that aims to connect all the government organizations of Government of Sri Lanka in a cost-effective and secure manner.

The project was implemented in 3 main stages as follows,
Stage I: Provided LGN facilities to 325 government organizations across 13 districts in year 2007-2010)
Stage II: Provided LGN facilities to additional 151 government organizations across 7 districts in year 2010-2012.
Stage III: Provied LGN facilities to additional 74 government organizations across remaining 5 districts in year 2014.

In Essence

Lanka Government Network (LGN) is the underlying information infrastructure which is:

  • highly available (works 99.99% of the time)
  • secure (free from virus and hacking, encrypted)
  • reliable (consistent performance)
  • Provide basic computer equipments necessary to support the operations and connectivity
  • Provide network connectivity (LAN) within the organization
  • Provide inter-connectivity (512Kbps WAN) to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed email access (with web based email access) to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed Internet access to all GoSL organizations
  • Provide centrally managed trusted secure connection to authorized government agencies
  • Provide centrally managed IP based G2G voice services facility to GoSL organizations

USD 22 Million project

Connectivity and LGN facilities provided to total of 551 government organizations:

  • 48 Ministries
  • 60 Departments
  • 22 Statutory bodies
  • 25 Distrct secretariats
  • 331 Divisional secretariats
  • 9 Provincial chief secretariat offices
  • 36 Provincial ministries
  • 18 Provincial departments

Government web Development and Government Internet Data Center (GIDC)

Government web Development and Government Internet Data Center (GIDC)

Public sector of Sri Lanka is yet to harness the potential of Internet to provide their information and services due to few reasons such as
1. Low penetration of Internet which results in
a) Ignorance of the capabilities of websites to disseminate the information and provide services to their clients
b) Lack of recipients for web based information and services
2. Lack of in-house know-how on web related issues
3. Lack of technical and financial assistance related to web activities such as web development and hosting

Reengineering Government Programme has launched many projects to address above issues. For example LakGovNet project would increase the Internet penetration in the public sector immensely while Government ICT Training project would equip around 10,000 government officers with ICT knowledge and skills in the near future.

In parallel to above initiatives Re-Gov programme has taken two major steps to increase the government web presence.
(A). Government Web Development Project which provides necessary assistance for constructing the websites or revamping the existing websites of the government organizations.
(B). Government Internet Data Center (GIDC) which provides web hosting facilities for the government

Methodology

The approach of the Re-Gov programme is to select several web developers (through the tender process) and assign them with the development of websites for selected government organizations for developing websites.

The web developers will work with relevant government organizations under the supervision and guidance of Re-Gov Programme.

In order to facilitate common approach for government web development Re-Gov Programme has formulated 3 documents to guide the government organizations as well as web developers a set of web development guidelines for government.
1. Web development guidelines for government organizations
2. Government ICT standards – which set down the web development standards
3. Proposed structure for government websites – This outlines a general structure for government websites
All the organizations that are participated in this project to develop their websites will get the free web hosting facilities for three years, at the Government Internet Data Center

In Essence

(A) Government Web Development Project
The main objective of the project is to increase the Sri Lankan government web presence. This aims at encouraging the public organisation in dissemination of information and delivery of services through Internet by providing financial and technical assistant to construct public websites. This service is provided to government as a complete free service.

(B) GIDC is the government owned Internet Data Center where all government organizations can host their websites and web services free of charge. GIDC consists of all required components of an Internet data center such as security, payment gateways etc. but at the first stage GIDC is only providing web hosting space for the government organizations.

Organization Type No of websites
Ministries 20
Departments 37
Authority 07
Boards 04
Bureaus 03
Commissions 05
Corporations 03
Councils 01
Foundations 01
Institutes 14
Institutes 14
Institutes 14
Secretariats 2
Organization under provincial Councils 44
Divisional Secretariats 331
District Secretariats 25

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe)

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe)

Lanka Interoperability Framework (LIFe) is a set of open standards to ensure the interoperability in government information systems. Interoperability enables diverse information systems from various organizations to seamlessly work toget

In Essence

  • Define Data and Process standards for each information domain
  • Make sure all information systems in Government adhere to LIFe
  • Ensure Government systems can easily communicate with each-other for form an ‘Integrated Government’
  • 5 Information domains are already covered (Personal, Land, Vehicle, Tax Collection (Inland Revenue) and Foreign Funded Project Coordination)
  • Process Standard on ‘Single Window for Export’ is defined
  • 5 Domains each to be covered in next 02 years