Daily Archives: May 22, 2020

SNOMED International Joins COVID-19 Interoperability Alliance to Support Access to Terminology and Health Data Resources

London, United Kingdom, May 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SNOMED International, the leader in global clinical terminology, announces today the organization’s participation in the COVID-19 Interoperability Alliance. The Alliance is an informatics focused environment supporting collaborative authoring of COVID-19 related interoperability data resources.

Alongside Alliance partners Clinical Architecture, logica, MITRE, Regenstrief Institute, Apelon, and Care Evolution, SNOMED International joins an open collective where parties can create, evolve and share meaningful data supporting the current COVID-19 global pandemic.

Each participating organization has contributed their respective clinical COVID-19 content, quality assured by a variety of skilled resources and subject matter experts globally. SNOMED International, specifically, has contributed COVID-19 – SNOMED CT Signs and Symptoms, COVID-19 – SNOMED CT Edition – Prerelease Terms from the Global Patient Set and the COVID-19 – SNOMED CT to ICD-10 Map, resources which can also be accessed at https://www.snomed.org/snomed-ct/covid-19.

The Alliance provides a hub for healthcare information to enable public and private organizations to quickly and easily identify, monitor, and measure data relevant to COVID-19 and has made these resources available through the following:

  • Open access to downloadable data resources created by the Alliance
  • Open access to an interactive content browser
  • FHIR API access to published data assets (for development purposes only)
  • A collaborative information management workshop for registered contributors
  • Useful links relating to COVID-19 interoperability and analytics

The type of data resources being created include clinical, demographic, and administrative value sets; Focused terminology subsets; FHIR profiles and attributes; and useful meta-data.

Data produced by the Alliance will be made available to the public under a Creative Commons license which provides the right to share, use, and build upon the data provided.

Visit the COVID-19 Interoperability Alliance or SNOMED International to learn more.

Kelly Kuru
SNOMED International
1 416 566 8725

Amazon announces five new utility-scale solar projects to power global operations in China, Australia, and the U.S.

The five projects include Amazon’s first renewable energy project in China, second in Australia, second and third in Ohio, and 12th in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a combined 615 MW of additional renewable capacity and an expected generation of 1.2 million MWh of energy annually, or enough to power 113,000 average U.S. homes

Projects will supply renewable energy to the fulfillment centers and AWS data centers that support millions of customers globally

Globally, Amazon has 91 renewable energy projects that have the capacity to generate over 2,900 MW and deliver more than 7.6 million MWh of energy annually, further supporting the Company’s Climate Pledge commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and reach net zero carbon by 2040

SEATTLE–(Antara/BUSINESS WIRE)– Today, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced five new renewable energy projects in China, Australia and the U.S. that further support Amazon’s commitment to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030 (and potentially as early as 2025), as well as to reach net zero carbon by 2040.

Amazon’s first renewable energy project in China is a 100 megawatt (MW) solar project in Shandong. Once complete, the project is expected to generate 128,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually.

Amazon’s second renewable energy project in Australia is a 105 MW solar project in New South Wales. This project will have the capacity to generate 250,000 MWh of clean energy each year, which is enough to power the equivalent of 40,000 average Australian homes.

Amazon’s newest renewable energy projects in the U.S. include two new projects in Ohio, a 200 MW solar project and an 80 MW solar project. Additionally, a new 130 MW solar project in Virginia brings the total number of renewable energy projects in the Commonwealth to 12. Once enabled, these three U.S.-based projects have the capacity to power the equivalent of 69,000 average U.S. homes each year.

When complete, the five new Amazon renewable energy projects totaling 615 MW of installed capacity will supply approximately 1.2 million MWh of additional renewable energy to the company’s fulfillment network and Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers, which power Amazon and millions of customers globally.

To date, Amazon has announced 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable energy projects and 60 solar rooftops on fulfillment centers and sort centers around the globe. Together, these projects totaling over 2,900 MW of capacity will deliver more than 7.6 million MWh of renewable energy annually, enough to power 680,000 U.S. homes.

“As a signatory to The Climate Pledge, we’re committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early and reaching net zero carbon across Amazon by 2040,” said Kara Hurst, Vice President of Sustainability, Amazon. “These five new renewable energy projects are a critical part of our roadmap to reach this goal. In fact, we believe it is possible to reach 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of the goals we announced last fall. While this will be challenging, we have a credible plan to get there.”

“Virginia’s energy future is bright. Through investments in clean energy we can reduce carbon emissions and create jobs to help drive long-term economic development,” said Virginia Senator Jennifer L. McClellan. “The announcement of this new Amazon solar project helps the Commonwealth meet our climate goals and contributes to our economic growth. The Virginia Clean Economy Act will help to drive more clean energy investments like this, to make Virginia a national hub for clean energy jobs.”

“Clean energy job creation is a crucial driver for long-term economic development in the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Delegate Richard C. Sullivan Jr. “I am pleased that Amazon continues to invest in Virginia’s clean energy future. The Virginia Clean Economy Act has put us on a path to 100 percent clean energy, and companies like Amazon are critical to helping us achieve that goal.”

Visit Amazon’s sustainability website for information and sustainability metrics that share the progress the company is making towards reaching The Climate Pledge. The goals, commitments, investments, and programs build on Amazon’s long-term commitment to sustainability through existing innovative programs, including Shipment Zero – Amazon’s vision to make all shipments net zero carbon, with 50% net zero carbon by 2030; sustainable packaging initiatives like Frustration-Free Packaging and Ship in Own Container, which have reduced packaging waste by 25% since 2015; renewable energy programs; investments in the circular economy with the Closed Loop Fund; and numerous other initiatives happening every day and led by teams across Amazon.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About Amazon Web Services

For 14 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 175 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 76 Availability Zones (AZs) within 24 geographic regions, with announced plans for nine more Availability Zones and three more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Japan, and Spain. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit aws.amazon.com.




Source: Antara News



KPU checks data server security after personal data breach claim

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The General Election Commission (KPU) is currently engaged in checking the security of its data server following a claim by a hacker of a breach of personal data of millions of Indonesian citizens.

The KPU had checked its internal data following the data breach claim, Vryan Azis, a member of the commission, stated here on Friday.

“The Indonesian KPU has been working since last night to trace the news, checking the internal condition (of the data server), and coordinating with relevant parties. Further information will be provided later,” Azis remarked.

Speaking in connection with an upload on a social media account revealing the leak of Indonesian voters’ data, he pointed out that the data is a soft file from the 2014 electoral permanent voter list.

“The KPU data file (pdf format) is released in accordance with regulations and to meet the public’s needs for transparency. This picture, based on its metadata, was dated November 15, 2013,” he remarked.

Azis clarified that the number of eligible voters in the 2014 presidential election reached some 190 million and not 200 million.

Earlier, on Thursday (May 21), a hacker claimed to have hacked data of 2.3 million Indonesian citizens from the KPU.

The information was later uploaded by @underthebreach account that had earlier also highlighted a breach of personal data of millions of users of the e-commerce platform Tokopedia in early May.

“An actor (hacker) has leaked information on 2,300,000 Indonesian citizens. The data included names, addresses, ID numbers, date of birth, and others,” according to @underthebreach.

The account also pointed out that the data appeared to be the 2013 electoral data. Furthermore, the hacker claimed to have leaked the data of 200 million others


Source: Antara News

Govt to raise water storage infrastructure capacity against drought


Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) will optimize the capacity of water storage infrastructure across Indonesia as a precautionary measure against protracted drought during the dry season.

PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono highlighted President Joko Widodo’s instructions that the government should guarantee water supply for food, health, and basic services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hence, the Ministry of PUPR will adopt measures to guarantee the availability of water during the dry season,” Minister Hadimuljono noted in a statement here on Friday.

Field monitoring results indicated that 241 reservoirs cover 16 main reservoirs holding 4,721 billion cubic meters of water to supply to irrigation areas measuring 512,515 hectares, or 96.57 percent of the total 530,738 hectares.

Of the 16 main reservoirs, 10 reservoirs with normal water levels are Jatiluhur, Cirata, Saguling, Batutegi, Sutami, Wonorejo, Bili-Bili, Kalola, Way Rarem, and Ponre-Ponre.

Meanwhile, six reservoirs holding below-normal levels of water are Kedungombo, Wonogiri, Wadas Lintang, Cacaban, Selorejo, and Batu Bulan.

In addition to the dams, the Ministry of PUPR monitors water availability in 4,227 retention basins and 344 weirs, with a volume capacity of 338.8 cubic meters.

Moreover, the ministry has readied 7,914 bore wells by utilizing an irrigation network of groundwater and raw water spanning an area of 118,652 hectares and groundwater for raw water of 2,386 cubic meters per second. Of the total, 4,098 bore wells are functioning normally, while operational disruptions are being encountered in the remaining 3,816 bore wells.

Of the 4,098 normally functioning bore wells, 488 are located in Sumatra, while 46 wells are in Kalimantan, 701 in Sulawesi, 1,514 in Java, 1,190 in Bali-Nusa Tenggara, two in Maluku, and 148 wells in Papua.

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has projected this year’s dry season to occur in April, dominant in May, June, and July, while peaking during the period from August to September 2020.

The hydrological drought is forecast to chiefly impact 10 provinces — West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, South Sulawesi, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Maluku, and Papua — with affected areas in 90 districts and cities.

Moreover, agricultural areas forecast to be affected by drought are located in the 10 provinces of West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, South Sulawesi, Bali, NTB, NTT, Maluku, and Papua, with 1.14 million hectares of irrigation areas to be affected.



Source: Antara News


Task force spokesman reports 134 COVID-19 recoveries in Papua

Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) – Some 134 out of the total 538 people testing positive for COVID-19 in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua have recovered from the disease as of Thursday, according to a spokesman.

“We are upbeat about an increase in the number of patients recovering from the disease,” spokesman for the Papua Province Task Force for the Handling of COVID-19 Dr Silwanus Sumule noted in a statement through live streaming on Thursday night.

Of the total recoveries, 49 were from Mimika District, 34 from the Jayapura Municipality, 23 from Jayapura District, 11 from Merauke District, four each from the districts of Keerom and Jayawijaya, three from Sarmi, two each from the districts of Biak and Central Mamberamo, and one each from the districts of Nabire and Digul.

Sumule revealed that 394 COVID-19 patients are receiving medical treatment at several referral hospitals.

“Papua has 16 referral hospitals for COVID-19,” he stated.



Source: Antara News