Forbes Japan visits e-Estonia Briefing Centre
e-Estonia Briefing Centre recently hosted a columnist from Forbes Japan and discussed the emerging e-solutions in Estonia’s digital society.
Managing Director Liina Maria Lepik explained how the executive Briefing Centre serves as a business matchmaker between Estonian companies and international delegations.
The Briefing Centre has already welcomed a number of high-profile Japanese delegations including former Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Akira Amari. Between 2017 to 2018, the number of visitors grew by 20% from 680 to 820 delegations, led by contingents from Japan.
The e-Estonia Briefing Centre is also preparing to release a Japanese version of e-Estonia presentation materials soon.
This article was originally published in Forbes Japan. Read the full article here.
Estonia – Finland e-prescription exchange to include more countries
Estonia and Finland have successfully piloted cross-border e-prescription exchange as part of the EU project eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure. This project aims to provide healthcare professionals with secure access to electronic medical records of EU residents anywhere in Europe.
Tõnis Jaagus of Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre disclosed to tech news portal ZDNet.com that over 500 digital prescriptions from Finland have been acknowledged in Estonia by the first quarter of 2019.
Estonian pharmacies began accepting e-prescription from Finnish doctors last year and plans to reciprocate the process for Estonians will begin later this year.
Jaagus added that Estonians should be able to use their digital prescriptions not only Finland but also in Greece, Cyprus, and Portugal by summer 2019.
This article was originally published ZDNet.com. Read the full article here.
Bitt partnered with e-Governance Academy to shore up digital transformation in the Caribbean
Financial inclusion firm Bitt is partnering up with e-Governance Academy to bring digital transformation to the Caribbean.
The Barbados-based fintech company entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Estonian e-governance and cybersecurity think thank to explore opportunities in modernizing the government processes in archipelagic region.
Bitt’s Chief Economist Marla Dukharan sees digital and mobile solutions as a way to empower the wider unbanked population in the Carribean region by providing them access to e-government services via smartphone.
“Imagine being able to renew your driver’s permit, your passport, or access any other government service, by using an app on your smartphone – no lining up, no time wasted.”
This article was originally published in Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Read the full article here.
Estonia ranks among top grocery shoppers in Europe
In a research conducted by Eurostat for 2018, 25% of online orders in Europe were made for food and groceries. This trend will continue to grow according to Forbes as people look for more convenient ways to save time for grocery shopping.
Among those who are taking advantage of technologies for their routine grocery errands are UK, Czechia, Estonia and Lithuania who account over 30% of all online purchases for food and groceries, respectively.
This indicates that this sector holds potential for growth as consumers are starting to embrace online shopping of FMCG and other essentials.
This article was originally published in Forbes.com. Read the full article here.