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Could A Tech Giant Build A
Better Health Exchange? Maybe Not

National Public Radio, by Steve Henn

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Posted By:Chaps, 12/2/2013 6:51:22 PM

Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed deadlines, a nonworking website and a state forced to process thousands of insurance applications on paper. Some Oregon officials were sounding alarms about the tech company´s work on the state´s online health care exchange as early as last spring. Oracle was behind schedule and, worse, didn´t seem able to offer an estimate of what it would take to get the state´s online exchange up and running.

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Oh, don´t fret, they´ll make the deadline and everyone will be happy they waited /sarc

Hope all those folks with cancelled policies know where the emergency rooms are around town as it looks like your health care provider has a new address

Please remember to spell out source & split long headline. LCom Staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plex, 12/2/2013 6:58:36 PM     (No. 9637304)

I am glad I no longer work for Oracle.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hybernicus, 12/2/2013 7:06:12 PM     (No. 9637310)

This is not necessary a commentary on a private business, but it is an example of a FAILED GOVERNMENT PROGRAM.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/2/2013 9:11:00 PM     (No. 9637478)

No. Leave insurance to the insurance industry.

Nobody, including a former insurance commissioner who is now a senator, remembers that FL had an exchange for small businesses that worked well. You didn´t need a computer to enroll. Standardized plans, standardized forms, standardized rates, and a pen.
People that wanted it, enrolled. No enforcement on anyone else. Why did it not last ? Greed by insurance companies.

Insurers don´t want you to remember how many subscribers never see a doctor and it´s all profit.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tipover, 12/2/2013 9:36:59 PM     (No. 9637496)

Oracle has a history of failure w/r to governmental contracts. They really torched the database (several years and much money) for Idaho DMV about 20 years ago and of course they were too intelligent (sarcasm) to listen to the programmers and managers from the State that had written and managed the program that was to be upgraded in order to determine goals and means. Of course the Upper Management and Political appointees didn´t help either as they had more faith in Oracle than their own employees. It took several years, much money and busted deadlines before they finally gave the responsibility back to the folks that got things back on track (Idaho Dept of Transportation IT).

Private is not always better. They (ITD/DMV) did have to hire some new folks to train as programmers (from scratch) and support personnel.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kOok, 12/3/2013 12:03:46 AM     (No. 9637621)

I personally worked for two companies that went through Oracle installations. In both cases, it almost killed the company. I have never seen a company be so arrogant, so convinced that their client (us) didn´t know what they really needed, but THEY (Oracle) did know, and by God you were gonna get it! In all future interviews I asked if the prospective companies managers if they planned on converting to Oracle. Almost every one of them said yes. {sigh}

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Doctor P, 12/3/2013 11:02:01 AM     (No. 9638251)

Private companies do not FORCE "customers" to use their products.

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