Opening the discussion, German Klimenko noted that information technologies forced their way into the lives of all the people — “Everyone can see the conditions and quality of our life changing dramatically, and to a large degree that is thanks to the IT sector.”
As the Presidential adviser told, today the state faces two key tasks:
“The first one is to earn the money. For this purpose the state takes charge of support for business, development of digital economy, in order to assume a dignified place at the present juncture of industrial revolution. The second one is to spend the money on the people. This is about the social sphere, about where to better invest the funds, allocated for education or medicine”, he noted.
As the Presidential adviser believes, this is where the IT-sector becomes indispensable. First of all, it makes it possible to ensure transparency, to monitor any data or processes on a timely basis. An example of Moscow was given, where there is an electronic system allowing seeing immediately what the queue is in any policlinic at a given time.
German Klimenko paid special attention to the influence of information technologies on medicine development. He recalled that just yesterday the first parliamentary hearings on this issue took place in the State Duma. According to his words, after the legal regulation and implementation of the notion of telemedicine into the law context, there are radical changes ahead:
“Everyone will probably have a kind of an electronic mentor — what to eat, what to drink, what pill to take. One will have to visit a doctor only in case of a truly urgent need. Meanwhile, your doctor will already have in hand all the information about your health,” the Presidential adviser told.
The second round of questions, raised by German Klimenko, included the development of state services with use of modern technologies. “The way this system works today, how the relations between the state and the population are built, is probably the best what happened to us for the last 10 years.”
Summing up the results, German Klimenko emphasized two main problems that hinder the more effective development of IT-technologies in the social sphere. They are the diversity of economy of the country’s regions and the difference between the population’s age categories which must be taken into account in the writing of software products.
“The IT-sphere is developing rapidly, but at the same time there are elderly people for whom it is more difficult to adapt to new software products”, the Presidential adviser noted.