The debut of HealthCare.gov was anything but pretty.
- System crashes
- Missing applications
- Customer service with few answers
It’s a nightmare no one wants to revisit.
Let’s hope the announcement of an overhaul is not a warning sign of enrollment terror yet to come.
Those of us who spent years in health insurance appreciate technology challenges.
- When the system is good, all is right in the world
- When the system is bad, chaos ensues
One simple programming mistake causes huge processing errors. Healthcare.gov had more than one simple programming mistake.
I remember reading predictions of HealthCare.gov’s failure on health insurance industry sites long before its debut.
Not the politically-motivated doom-and-gloom predictions, but rather the I feel your pain experience of technology vendors.
Technology is the backbone of the health insurance industry.
- Enrollment technology
- Premium billing and collection
- Provider contracting
- Plan designs with covered services, exclusions and limitations
- Claims processing and auditing
- Customer service interface
The industry knows Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither is online enrollment capabilities.
As the clock ticked closer and closer to the deadline, we knew there was not enough time for testing. And retesting. And testing some more.
The latest overhaul has a timeline totaling five months. Five months for a system with considerable challenges.
- A new government contractor for the site
- A revamp of problem-plagued basics like the coverage application
- Automated payments to insurers
- A new comparison tool for consumers
- Future plans for cloud computing and mobile device optimization
May the force be with you.
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Notice of Disclaimer –Cathy Miller is not an attorney or health care provider and cannot provide legal or health care advice. The information provided is for your general background only, and is not intended to constitute legal or health care advice as to your specific circumstances. We recommend you review legislation with legal counsel and visit your physician for health care issues.