Online Health Exchanges: How Secure?
Is the data hub created by Obamacare a hacker's dream?
Fourteen states, plus the District of Columbia, are running their own health exchanges, as is the federal government, which is operating the HealthCare.gov exchange on behalf of more than 30 other states. One lingering question, however, concerns not just the long-term uptime and availability that consumers should expect from these exchanges, but whether they can handle people's personal data in a manner that maintains privacy while keeping it safe from hackers. Already, systems being used to facilitate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- aka Obamacare -- have been criticized as posing a large security risk because they're designed to handle numerous people's personal information. In the wrong hands, that data could prove lucrative for identity thieves or anyone who wanted to resell personal information on the underground market.
One particular concern is that the system's "data hub" -- a tool for routing a health exchange applicant's information to relevant government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service -- will put people's personal information at risk. Read full story on InformationWeek
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