I’m sure most people would agree that our health is the most, if not one of the most important aspects in our lives. The information pertaining to it is vital, and extra precautions are to be taken not just seriously, but are obligatory. Any loss or manipulation of data could definitely prove to be irreversible and even fatal.
Well with the new healthcare system that is supposed to take place (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or commonly referred to as ‘Obamacare’), it seems as if it is not fully ready to prepare itself from a scale of threats. Just to illustrate, the article states how the CIO for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services; “…won’t sign off on data security until Sept. 30, one day before health insurance marketplaces are scheduled to open.” This does not sound reassuring, given that this organization will be responsible for running the data hub. Also, the lack of proper screening and training by those obtaining information from applicants is mentioned to be a prominent concern. Sensitive information like SSN’s will be at the hands of many who may have not gone through adequate screening and can make ways data loss and theft.
What do you think about this, and should it be brought into the public discussion? Identity thieves will always search for ways, but the government and other agencies should hold more accountability for their programs (regardless of which political party or figure is in power).
Levin, Adam. “Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 Sept. 2013.