Tenn. health care licensing online
- By Brian Robinson
- Feb 19, 2002
Health care workers in Tennessee can now renew their licenses and pay for
them online, representing the latest and most complex of a series of projects
the state has developed to move its licensing and other services online.
The new health care service will eliminate the three- to four-week wait
when renew licenses through the paper-based system, said Diane Denton, a
spokeswoman for Tennessee's Department of Health. And, she added, because
many workers also tend to wait until the last minute to renew their licenses,
it may also cut down on the time they are not available to work.
"This has been a really big project for us," Denton said. "There are
around 200,000 licensees in the state and 68 different licensing boards,
and we had to get them all up on the Web site at the same time."
Development of the health care licensing program (www.TennesseeAnytime.org) began in September 2000, and the service went
live in January 2002.
Other online services due this year include income tax filing, unemployment
claims and summaries of child support payments.
"[Going online] all comes down to which agency is ready to move with
a service," said Angela Nordstrom, director of Tennessee Anytime. She expects
the rate at which services are made available online will accelerate. "The
governor has asked each government agency to name three services they would
like to bring online over the next year, from the grandiose to the most
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.