Nortal has appointed Juha Laakkonen as the Country Manager for Nortal Finland since September 1, 2014. As of today, May 5th, 2014 Juha Laakkonen, the former CEO of Lappset Group Ltd joins Nortal as the Head of Industry & Logistics Business Area.
"While Europe and Finland are still in the economic downturn and most of the manufacturing happens outside of Europe, the companies like Nortal help our industries and public sector to stay competitive by implementing more efficient daily routines and advanced, innovative technological solutions. I am excited about the new challenge," says Juha Laakkonen.
Nortal Finland current CEO Jorma Kallio will move to work at Nortal key customer projects as well as the business development activities until further notice, after which he will retire.
"I am happy and proud Juha is aboard. He is goal oriented leader with a passion to take Nortal to new markets and to acquire new customers. I leave the operational responsibilities with him in confidence," said Mr. Kallio.
Juha Laakkonen, 44, worked as the CEO of Lappset Group Ltd since 2008. His educational background comprises double degrees; IT engineering and Bachelor of Business Administration. Laakkonen is a former Finnish national champion of decathlon and an Honorary Consul for Iceland in Lapland.
Nortal is designing a Central Electronic Health
Information System for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania and
for the State Institution Registrų centras (Registers Centre). This will be a
one-stop point for residents of Lithuania and health care specialists to access
health services electronically. The Central Electronic Health Information System
(CEHIS) will consist of health care specialist and patient websites, which will
permit rapid sharing of information. This will reduce the patients’ waiting
times and the number of documents to be filled out and it will make it possible
for both patients and doctors to focus all their attention on effective
When the electronic services are implemented in the health care establishments, this will improve service to clients and their access to service. This will give reality to the principle “one citizen – one electronic medical case history”.
“Residents of Lithuania will be able to use CEHIS to electronically access, without barriers imposed by time, geography or institution, their medical case history information. People will be able to log on to the system and see messages about their health tests, prescriptions, inoculation records and referral records. They will also be able to request the certificates they require, to register with general practitioners or to communicate remotely”, said Vice-Minister for Health of the Republic of Lithuania, Erikas Mačiūnas, listing the benefits of CEHIS. “An electronic health report will replace the current paper cards, and when essential information is required about a patient, the doctor will be able to access it in the blink of an eye.”
The number of documents to be filled out by hand and patients’ waiting times will be reduced
Once the Central Electronic Health Information System is introduced, health care professionals will be able to repeatedly use patients’ medical information and they will be able to provide health care services faster and better, including writing prescriptions electronically. With information exchange systems improved, doctors will be able to devote more time to patient care. Since patients will be able to do many things on the CEHIS website, they will be able to avoid spending long periods waiting to see doctors.
Vice-Minister E. Mačiūnas continued: “At present, statistical data shows that there are 6 General Practitioners per 10,000 of the population; therefore, a patient’s time with the doctor needs to be spent as effectively as possible, not filling out forms, but in examination and consultation. Using the Central Electronic Health Information System, participants in the health care sector will be able to cooperate, and important information exchanges will be developed: CEHIS, the electronic prescription service and a database of medical images – which will reduce duplication of tests for patients who have been attending consultations in various health care service institutions. This will ensure a fast search of information needed about the patient and access to the latest databases and catalogues of recommendations concerning diagnosis and treatment”.
The system is being developed on the basis of best practice
Nortal started its activity in the health care sector by installing and maintaining national electronic medical record systems, patient information systems and self-service health care websites for clients in Finland and Estonia.
“We understand the value of such an information system for all residents of this country; therefore, we use our extensive experience and accept the responsibility of creating a new, unified access point to the electronic medical records of citizens of this country. We have put to work on this project the best Nortal employees in Lithuania and Estonia, who are experienced in the health care sector”, stated Nortal Manager Arnoldas Jankūnas. He also remarked that in the process of designing systems that are going to be used by all Lithuanian citizens, priority must be given to designing systems that are convenient to use, that provide clear and simple information delivery and are attractive.
A. Jankūnas added: “In the course of designing a system, we do everything we can to make it convenient to use both for young people, who almost always access data electronically using a mobile telephone (which is why the CEHIS website is adapted for screens of varying sizes), as well as for older people (which is why large amounts of information are presented as clearly as possible, using a modern and convenient to use method of presenting separate blocks of information of varying sizes)”.
It is planned to have the Central Electronic Health Information System operational by March 2015.
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The Lithuanian Railways website was designed and set up by Nortal.
The website has been improved with added functions.
Arnoldas Jankūnas, the Manager of Nortal, says that when talking about electronic service, priority must be given to the ease of using the website, its design, its outstanding features and its creation of opportunities for interaction. These days it is no longer exceptional to design a website that adapts to the size of the equipment being used by the client; this has become an essential feature.
“When designing the Lithuanian Railway website we made sure that the website was functional and we also designed it so that it changes depending on the day and the time of the year”, said A. Jankūnas. “A well-designed website creates positive emotions in visitors, which is equally as important as its functionality. I am pleased that Lithuanian Railways invites its clients to use a Lithuanian website that is comparable to one of the websites of the major European carriers.”
In addition to other new features, Lithuanian Railways clients will be able to use the interactive station map, an events calendar, links to social networks and the electronic form-filling capacity. Plans for the near future are to integrate ticket purchase. All the information on the website is designed to be usable by people with disabilities.
Clearer presentation of information for private clients and business clients
The basic activity of Lithuanian Railways is the transportation of passengers and freight. Therefore, information is presented on the website according to the characteristics of the visitors and it is divided into sections intended for passengers and for business.
“In order to ensure effective service for clients of Lithuanian Railways and to increase client satisfaction, we have tried to present large amounts of information as functionally and as simply as possible. For example, a client seeking passenger train timetable information is not encumbered with information about freight transport.”
For the Lithuanian Railways website a solution was adopted that is modern and convenient to use, incorporating the use of separate blocks of information of varying sizes to present all the necessary information.
You can visit the new Lithuanian Railways website at: www.litrail.lt
In his opening words, Mr. Margus Tsahkna, Chairman of Omani-Estonian Parliamentary Group reflected on the similarities of Oman and Estonia, and also on the need to be smart and efficient. “Due to its size, historical and geographical reasons, Estonia was forced to be smart. We believe Estonian e-solutions can be of use here in Oman, and let me assure you, the Estonian government is behind the Estonian companies such as Nortal that export their know-how and expertise to Oman,” said Mr. Tsahkna.
Fahad Amur Al-Hajri
Muscat, Oman – April 7, 2014 – Nortal, an Estonian IT-company with an active branch office in Muscat providing leading e-government solutions, attends the ICT exhibition COMEX 2014 to introduce its ICT solutions and tools that help governments worldwide modernise their e-services and make them available to the public.
In Oman, Nortal is currently contracted to develop the One Stop Shop project for a consolidated e-services environment for Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Government Cloud project for easy migration of existing solutions to cloud based e-services for ITA, and Oman Tax Administration project for a modernised and more effective e-taxation system.
Mr. Peeter Smitt, Nortal Managing Director in GCC Region and Head of International Unit said that Nortal is very happy that Omanis have placed their trust with Nortal in order to implement strategic IT projects in the Sultanate. “We have a good mixture of expatriates and locals working in our delivery teams and this enables us to have sustainable delivery model,” said Smitt.
At COMEX 2014, Nortal will be presenting its innovative solutions for the public sector as well as solutions especially tailored for businesses, including products and services from telecommunications sector as well as e-health solutions.
Nortal will be present at the Estonia stand along with a state and business delegation from Estonia. Besides Nortal, the Estonian delegation includes representatives from Estonian Certification Centre, e-signing solution provider Signwise and Head of Estonia-Omani Parliament Group Mr. Margus Tsahkna.
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cost of the Tax Administration data system reform is around 226 million euros.
Nortal will recruit new talents for the 15-year project.
Nortal-Fast group and the Tax Administration signed the contract regarding taxation data system reform on Thursday, 20 March. The value of the project with licensing is about 62 million euros. The total cost estimate for 15 years is 226 million euros.
The Tax Administration is currently using 60-70 different systems. Nortal-Fast will replace them with the GenTax system by Fast, which is the world's most widely used tax software product.
"This agreement shows that Nortal is a reliable partner for large, critical system projects," says Business Area Manager Timo A. Rantanen from Nortal Oy.
Nortal has previously been a partner of the Tax Administration. The company has as many as 25 years of experience in working with the Finnish tax authorities.
There will be recruitment efforts and savings
Project employees are working in the Tax Administration premises in Helsinki. Nortal is recruiting more staff for the project.
GenTax will save the tax administration an estimated 15 million euro annually in maintenance costs and license fees from 2019 onwards. The cost savings will be realised even earlier along with the gradual introduction of the system. The customers of the Tax Administration will see the changes in due course through an improved quality of service.
The acquisition of the Tax Administration data system renewal was delayed by a complaint filed in April of last year, which was rejected by the Market Court of Finland on 17 March.
- European QC Update – Where should we aim
- Preanalytical quality – Incidents before test
- Analytical quality – How to assess the clinical effectiveness of laboratory
- Postanalytical quality – How to interpret test results
- Quality systems in the laboratory - Accreditation based on ISO 17043
- EQA update – Role for better patient safety
Further information: http://www.labquality.fi/labquality-paivat/in-english/
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