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For Immediate Release: 9/1/2010
Montgomery County Department of Technology Services Receives National Recognition with Award from Center for Digital Government

Montgomery County’s Department of Technology Services (DTS) received a 2010 Digital Government Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Government for its “H1N1 Flu Vaccine On-Line Appointment Booking System.” Montgomery County is one of only five award winners nationwide in the Government-to-Citizen County government award category.

The H1N1 system was developed by DTS in close collaboration with the County’s Department of Health and Human Services. It is among the first on-line flu vaccine scheduling systems developed by a jurisdiction within the State of Maryland. The H1N1 application supplements an existing telephone-based flu vaccination scheduling process. The H1N1 system is accessible from home or office, and requires no special software or plug-ins to operate.

“The H1N1 solution is another example of how technology innovations from past practices and current needs blend to achieve a quick win for our customers,” said DTS Director and Montgomery County Chief Information Officer (CIO) E. Steven Emanuel. “The H1N1 On-Line application exemplifies the response to need and the delivery of quality solutions.”

The Digital Government Achievement Awards recognize outstanding agency and department websites and projects at the application and infrastructure level. Fifty awards were given.

Cathilea Robinett, executive director of the Center for Digital Government, said “The winners’ innovative use of the Internet to continue delivering citizen services despite tight fiscal constraints is inspiring. This skilled use of the Web embodies the spirit of the Best of the Web awards and provides examples to state and local government leaders around the country on how to bring quality services to their citizens while containing costs. We applaud all of you for your creativity and your dedication.”

Earlier this year, Montgomery was named America’s top digital county government in the United States by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Montgomery County received first place honors in the competition for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or greater. 

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Release ID: 10-357
Media Contact: Donna Bigler 240-777-6507

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