In collaboration with numerous State departments and agencies, the Office of Innovation has undertaken an array of projects to support the State of New Jersey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the delivery of information and services to New Jerseyans, and the businesses and institutions of the Garden State. Collectively, these Office of Innovation’s projects have reached millions of New Jerseyans, and served hundreds of thousands of businesses across the Garden State.
- Public Information and Awareness: the Office of Innovation has designed, developed and launched a multitude of projects to make information and guidance on programs, services, rules, and regulations more transparent and easily accessible. Examples of these projects include the COVID-19 Information Hub - which attracts more than 500,000 visitors each week, the COVID-19 Business Information Hub - which has served hundreds of thousands of businesses, the COVID-19 Symptom Checker, a benefits eligibility tool to assist individuals in finding and understanding available support programs, a statewide email update platform, and more.
- Business Assistance: working with NJEDA, the Office of Innovation assisted in the development of the Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard - an interactive tool that has helped more than 100,000 businesses identify available support programs - and has assisted several departments deploy modern, high-capacity application systems.
- Public Safety, Protection, and Compliance: working in concert with numerous agency partners, the Office of Innovation has deployed numerous tools to assist with the protection of New Jerseyans, including the Out of State Traveler Registration Form, the Executive Order Violation Reporting Form, the Nursing Home Misconduct Reporting Form, the Eviction Moratorium and Question Form, the PPE Inventory Reporting Form, and more.
- Volunteerism and Donations: the Office of Innovation has assisted several departments and agencies with deploying tools to facilitate and streamline volunteerism and the donation of crucial supplies - these efforts include PPE donations, housing and facility donations, the Healthcare Professional Call to Serve, the Tech Talent Call to Serve, and general disaster response volunteerism.
- Contact Tracing: working closely with the Department of Health and the Office of Information Technology, the Office of Innovation played a crucial role in the development and deployment of the State’s Contact Tracing technology infrastructure.
- Data Modeling and Predictive Analytics: in partnership with leading data scientists and epidemiologists, the Office of Innovation has conducted extensive data modeling and predictive analysis pertaining to COVID-19 prevalence, hospital capacity, and PPE usage.
- Systems Modernization: the Office of Innovation and partners have assisted several departments with modernizing service and benefit delivery systems, including extensive work with the Department of Labor to modernize public-facing elements of its Unemployment Insurance application and certification system.
Last updated on 10/26/23