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  • Mass. discarding broken ObamaCare site

    05/05/2014 3:29:18 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies ^ | may 5, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Massachusetts is preparing to abandon its troubled ObamaCare website, a system so problematic that the state was forced to enroll tens of thousands of people in temporary insurance plans through Medicaid.  The plan underscores the depth of technical problems with the Massachusetts Health Connector and echoes a recent decision by Cover Oregon, another glitch-ridden marketplace, to hand federal health officials the reins to its system this month.  Massachusetts officials are pursuing what they described as a "dual-track strategy" for their insurance marketplace, combining new, off-the-shelf enrollment software with a back-up plan to shift the system into if the transition takes...
  • Obamacare Outsourced

    01/13/2014 8:09:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Economic Populist blog ^ | January 12, 2014 | Robert Oak
    The Obama administration has offshore outsourced Obamacare. They made Accenture the lead contractor for the website The contract is estimated to be worth $90 million and the original contractor, CGI Federal, is out. We pointed out earlier that the failed Obamacare website was poetic justice as CGI Federal is also an offshore outsourcer of U.S. jobs. But now the poster boy for labor arbitrage, offshore tax havens, and bloated, often failed government contracts is in charge, Accenture. Accenture is one of the biggest offshore outsourcers of American jobs. In 2012 they used 4,037 H-1B Visas alone and are ranked...
  • WH Docs: Designed to Handle “1,100 Users” at Once

    11/07/2013 8:47:17 AM PST · by rightistight · 12 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/7/13 | Aurelius
    The day before the catastrophic was supposed to start offering insurance, internal reports show that the website was only configured to handle “1,100 users” at a single time before “response time gets too high.” The document was released by Under the category “stress test,” testers for ran a performance evaluation on the site. This evaluation occurred on September 30, just one day before the site was ready to hit prime-time. During the testing, results were, quite frankly, atrocious. The tester writes (emphasis mine): Ran performance testing overnight in IMP1B environment. Working with CGI to tune the FFM...
  • Obama Administration Uses Pirated Code on

    11/05/2013 10:35:27 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 46 replies
    torrentfreak ^ | 10/19/13 | ernesto
    Obama Administration Uses Pirated Code on The new Obamacare website has had its fair share of problems over the past weeks, and the trouble continues. As it turns out, the Government website uses the open source software DataTables, which is a plug-in for the jQuery Javascript library. While using open-source software is fine, the makers of decided to blatantly remove all references to its owners or the original copyright license. In other words, they simply took the open-source software and are passing it off as their own, a clear violation of the GPL v2 and BSD (3-point)...
  • Obamacare website to be down again for maintenance late Saturday

    11/02/2013 10:17:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    Obamacare website to be down again for maintenance late Saturday 12:51pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The glitch-ridden website used to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law will be down for "extended maintenance" overnight on Saturday, the Department of Health and Human Services said. The website has been plagued by technology problems and has not worked reliably since its launch on October 1, embarrassing the administration and providing ammunition for Republicans seeking to roll back the law known as Obamacare. The application, enrollment tools, and "data hub" will not be available from about 9 p.m. ET on...
  • Million Lines of Code Pictorial, and Obamacare Has 500 Million Lines (geek alert)

    10/29/2013 9:43:03 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 15 replies ^ | October 28, 2013 | Ex-skf Blogger, Information is Beautiful
    Good luck Mr. President "fixing" the mess of Obamacare code (at the very bottom in the graphic below) by December 1, 2013. Oh I forgot. He didn't know. He didn't know this either. (What DOES he know anyway?) (What did they use? Cobol? Fortran? Basic? Stacks of punch cards?) From Information Is Beautiful:
  • Why the Obamacare website had zero chance of success

    10/26/2013 2:58:57 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 11 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 10/26/2013 | Derrick Wlodarz
    If you wanted to build a case study in the perfect recipe for IT project disaster, you wouldn't have to look any further than the new official Obamacare website, The site, which was supposed to be the official gateway for Americans to purchase cheap (now clearly up for debate) health insurance, has become an overnight poster child for just how bad the government can fumble a well-to-do technology implementation. The common symptoms are all present: budget overruns, too little time to test, poor design & planning, and you can take it from there. So when the President came out...
  • Gall's Law says the Obamacare website will never work

    10/22/2013 7:49:26 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. The inverse proposition also appears to be true: A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be made to work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system. --John Gall
  • QSSI, contractor chosen to fix, faced questions from lawmakers last year (The No ...)

    10/25/2013 10:45:54 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10-25-2013 | Jia Lynn Yang
    The company chosen by the Obama administration to oversee the repair of the new federal health insurance Web site faced questions from lawmakers a year ago about whether it was an appropriate choice for earlier work on the site, given that it is owned by the country’s largest health insurance company. Click here for full article================================================================== The No Gloating Zone If you were expecting any gloating from me over how Democrats are being hoisted on their own petard -- an unread law they rammed through the House and Senate on a party-line vote, using crooked means and against the will...
  • CNN: ObamaCare Site Doomed, Riddled with Security Dangers

    10/23/2013 7:24:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | October 23, 2013 | John Nolte
    Today, on the CNN Money site, there is a terrific story about the problems surrounding the ObamaCare website. The story includes all kinds of new information from a host of experts, and most of the news is flat-out terrible: The half-billion dollar site needs to be rebuilt from scratch, the site has an unwieldy 500 million lines of computer code (it took just 500 thousand lines of code to send a rover to Mars), and that code is "riddled with security holes" that could result one of "the biggest breaches in American history[.]" These same experts do not think there...
  • ‘Alpha teams’ formed to address problems with ObamaCare site (Video)

    10/23/2013 7:40:17 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/23/13 05:49 PM ET | By Justin Sink and Elise Viebeck -
    The White House and insurance companies are creating “alpha teams” that will work to address the corrupted enrollment data that is being produced by the ObamaCare website. Senior administration officials, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, met with 14 executives from the nation's largest insurance companies on Wednesday to discuss how the geek squads would be deployed.
  • Builders of Obama's health website saw red flags (rewrote code to suit admin change requests)

    10/22/2013 5:14:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies ^ | 10/22/13 | Jack Gillum and Julie Pace - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions mount over the website's failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government...
  • Obamacare contractors: Don’t blame us

    10/23/2013 4:57:27 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Obamacare contractors: Don’t blame us By: Jennifer Haberkorn and Jason Millman and Brett Norman October 23, 2013 05:19 PM EDT The Obamacare website contractors plan to tell Congress on Thursday that they are not to blame for the massive problems at and that they completed successful testing before the Oct. 1 launch. But, according to prepared testimony, the four contractors ran into unforeseen problems once open enrollment began. The testimony offers a slight glimpse into the problems that made the website all but unworkable — and warnings that the problems are far from over. Lawmakers are expected to press...
  • Tears and energy drinks: Inside the ObamaCare fiasco

    10/23/2013 12:17:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration’s showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors. As questions mount over the website’s failure, insider interviews and a review of technical specifications by The Associated Press found a mind-numbingly complex system put together by harried programmers who pushed out a final product that congressional investigators said was tested by the government and not private...
  • CNN: Blowing up HealthCare.Gov and starting over still looking like their best option,....

    10/23/2013 11:55:54 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 60 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2:41 pm on October 23, 2013 | by Erika Johnsen
    Full Title: CNN: Blowing up HealthCare.Gov and starting over still looking like their best option, say more tech experts************************************************************* There’s a growing consensus on the mid- to late-November time frame by which the Obama administration really, really needs to have ObamaCare’s online portal running smoothly to avoid inducing more death-spiral risks and subsequent industry panic, and all of their plans for public outreach and directing people to call centers and whatnot is only going to get them so far.“Tech surge” or no tech surge, CNN reports that still more experts and computer engineers are piling on to the suggestion that...
  • Key House Republican presses tech companies on Obamacare glitches

    10/23/2013 3:58:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Reuters News via ^ | October 22, 2013 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican chairman of a key congressional oversight committee has asked Google, Microsoft and three other U.S. companies to provide details on their possible involvement in a "tech surge" aimed at fixing a website implementing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the request in a letter to Google, Microsoft, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Oracle and Expedia, committee spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll said. Issa, a relentless critic of the Obama administration, wants information on contacts the companies may have had with the White House about the website...
  • Experts stunned at cost for website development

    10/22/2013 6:05:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 173 replies
    My FOX-TV DC ^ | October 22, 2013
    “My overall sense, right from day one, was it was created by people who had never created a commercial database application before," said FMS Software developer Luke Chung. Chung looked over the site and was stunned by the code and the cost - by some estimates, perhaps $200 million. Chung continued, “At $200 an hour, that would be a million man hours, 5,000 man years. I don't think they had time to use 5,000 man years. So I don't know where the money went. I don't know what these people were doing. There're not that many web pages. I don't...
  • How the Failure Will Morph into Obamacaregate

    10/22/2013 11:35:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | October 22, 2013 | David Weigel
    ".................The Canadian-owned company built the website, and in testimony from September 10, it told the skeptical House Energy and Commerce committee that things were going just great. To date, the FFM implementation has achieved all of its key milestones from the initial Architecture Review in October 2011 to Project Baseline Review in March 2012 and, most recently, the Operational Readiness Review in September 2013. Additionally, in April 2013, health insurers began submitting their plans to the system for review by CMS. Starting in August 2013, consumers were able to go into the system and register their accounts. At this time,...
  • Obama picks Zients to oversee website fixes - "expert in field of effective management"

    10/22/2013 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 22, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The White House has tabbed former acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Jeff Zients to work with the team overseeing repairs to the ObamaCare website. Zients, who served as the White House Chief Performance Officer, was named in September as the director of the National Economic Council. According to the administration, he will transition into that role at the end of this year. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Zients started on Monday to provide “short-term advice, assessments and recommendations” in a blog post obtained earlier on Tuesday by Bloomberg. White House press secretary Jay...
  • Obamacare Tech Firm Tried, Failed to Build Gun Registry in Canada

    10/22/2013 8:26:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 90 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    CGI, the Canadian company whose U.S. subsidiary built the failed Obamacare website, was once contracted to build a federal gun registry for the Canadian government... CGI's contract was canceled in 2007 after a report by the Auditor General found that the Canadian Firearms Information System (CFIS) being built by CGI was "significantly over budget" and that it had been plagued by delays. The Conservative government that took power in 2006 canceled CGI's gun registry contract, and eventually repealed the Canadian gun registry entirely. ... The failed gun registry was only one of CGI's many Canadian failures, which included canceled contracts...
  • 15 sites track visitors

    10/22/2013 4:17:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/22/2013 | Josh Peterson
    Users visiting the Obama administration’s site are being tracked by 15 different sites via cookies installed on their browsers.Using the Chrome browser plug-in Collusion for Chrome, The Daily Caller was able to determine that a user who visits the Obamacare site will have 15 different sites collecting information about them.The sites include:,,,,,,,,,,,,, and, for example, which is managed by Automattic — the same company that manages WordPress — conducts polls and surveys for companies.Pingdom tracks site performance issues. Kissmetrics tracks people across multiple platforms,...
  • HealthCare.Gov Needs Five Million Code Lines Rewritten

    10/21/2013 6:55:49 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 121 replies
    HealthCare.Gov Needs Five Million Code Lines Rewritten By Andrew Johnson October 21, 2013 9:13 AM Comments 42 Obamacare’s online exchanges have been riddled with problems since they came online three weeks ago, and those issues may continue for at least the next few weeks. Contractors said fixing the problems by the November 1 deadline set by the administration would be “unrealistic,” according to the New York Times. From the sluggish websites to garbled enrollment information, the flaws require the extensive rewriting of code: “One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be...
  • ‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges

    10/20/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 124 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2013 | By LOUISE RADNOFSKY
    The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people.” “We are committed to doing better,” agency officials said in a blog post that also said that “our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve” Spokespeople for the agency didn’t immediately respond to questions seeking more...
  • Sebelius 'will testify' on ObamaCare website woes, Durbin says

    10/20/2013 9:17:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 20, 2013
    A top Democratic senator said Sunday that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress about the problem-plagued ObamaCare website, amid a growing call for her to accept requests to testify. “Ultimately, Secretary Sebelius will testify,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, told “Fox News Sunday.”
  • Former official: Admin refused to bring in outside help for ObamaCare website for fear GOP....

    10/18/2013 8:45:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 99 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:41 pm on October 17, 2013 | by Allahpundit
    Full Title: Former official: Admin refused to bring in outside help for ObamaCare website for fear GOP would subpoena them; Update: Ten-year-old technology? Update: No improvement in week two; Update: Wasn’t tested until days before launch?Via Lachlan Markay and Ace, who calls it “Nixonian.” This is the rare Hot Air item that might actually make liberals angrier at the White House than conservatives. If you’d staked your party’s credibility on realizing the utopian dream of universal health care only to have Obama deliver this fartburger, you’d be furious. Why anyone on either side still wants Sebelius in charge, I have...
  • WH Official Blames Republicans for Obamacare Website Problems

    10/18/2013 9:34:22 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 57 replies
    In a Politico article lamenting the second week of failed performance of, the Obamacare insurance website, the unnamed official attempts to explain why the whole thing has been such a dismal failure: it's the Republican's fault.
  • Obamacare's Failure In One Chart

    10/18/2013 8:14:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/18/13 | Tyler Durden
    Confirming our fears from a few days ago, the early numbers are in for Obamacare... and they are not good. Of course, listening to "bloggers" an be bad for your health, but it seems, very few of the million of "uninsured" have decided that it is as crucial as the "leader" has exclaimed. As Millard Brown Digital reports, fewer than 1% of those trying to register for health insurance under Obamacare have completed the enrollment process. The following inverted pyramid highlights the dismal reality of the Affordable Car Act so far...   
  • ObamaCare Site Creator: 'People Fainting In Conference Calls'

    10/16/2013 4:23:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Nolte
    CGI Federal is the Canadian IT contractor responsible for creating most of the ObamaCare website. Tuesday, after describing the site as a "complete train wreck," the Washington Post took an in-depth look at the company -- its origins, track record, and how it landed the ObamaCare contract. It is all worth a read, but one staffer told the Post that the working environment at CGI is so awful today that "People are getting sick, fainting in conference calls." The debacle has taken its toll on the working environment at CGI Federal's 10-story complex in Fairfax, Va., according to a...
  • Obamacare’s Federal Exchanges are Failing at Every Level

    10/15/2013 5:45:59 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Reason ^ | October 14, 2013 | Peter Suderman
    The technical troubles with Obamacare’s exchanges are bad enough that even supporters are turning critical. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, a longtime champion of the health law, has declared the launch so far a “failure” and a “disaster.” Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is asking whether anyone will be fired over the botched rollout. But here’s the thing: The serious problems that have gotten the most attention so far may only be the beginning of the headaches for the exchanges. Right now, the most visible problems are concentrated on the user end, in the registration and enrollment process....
  • Obamacare Might Well Be Imploding

    10/15/2013 5:42:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    Reason ^ | October 14, 2013 | Shikha Dalmia
    By all accounts, the roll out of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges has been a fiasco of epic proportions. But diehard supporters claim that this is a minor roadblock that won’t affect the law’s long-term future. “Obamacare is here,” lectured liberal columnist Eugene Robinson. “Get used to it.” Robinson might be right. Then again when funny man Jon Stewart echoes Tea Party “wackos” to demand a one-year delay of the individual mandate, the lynchpin of the edifice, you know all is not well. And Stewart is hardly alone. CNN anchor Wolfe Blitzer is also recommending a delay. The reality is that the...
  • Obamacare website looks "like nobody tested it," programmer says

    10/09/2013 6:16:03 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Obamacare website looks "like nobody tested it," programmer says (CBS News) launched more than a week ago, and while millions of Americans have signed into the site, not many have been able to actually sign up for insurance because of glitches with the website. Administration officials implementing the new health care law will be on the hot seat Wednesday as the House Oversight Committee hopes to find out what the problems were. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told CBS News' Jan Crawford that he plans to ask how the mess surrounding the website could even happen. No one knows how...
  • The Insiders: Obamacare is a blemish on American technology

    10/13/2013 10:36:39 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 11, 2013 | Ed Rogers
    What the president heralds as his signature accomplishment is not only creating great domestic upheaval as a political and policy failure, it is also an immense American technological failure on display for the world to see. The American brand has been dealt some sharp blows under this administration. We are suffering from a weak economy, reeling from the recent embarrassing debacle over Syria’s chemical weapons, and we still haven’t brought anyone to justice over what happened in Benghazi. The world watched as our enemies protected junior nobody Edward Snowden when he handed over our secrets, and now the world is...
  • Obamacare Site Source Code Includes ‘No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy’ Warning

    10/14/2013 12:55:42 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 7 replies
    The Corner ^ | October 14, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    The Obamacare online exchanges have been met with several concerns since they launched at the beginning of the month, but a recent discovery may raise further fears about privacy under the health-care law. The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier reports that during the process of creating an account, the website asks users if they accept the “Terms & Conditions,” which prohibit unauthorized attempts to upload information or change the site. But the website’s source code, which is not visible to users on the standard “Terms & Conditions” page, includes a warning that users should have “no reasonable expectation of privacy”:
  • Feds reviewed only one bid for Obamacare website design (Obama Campaign Contributor?)

    10/14/2013 5:32:27 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 13, 2013 | RICHARD POLLOCK
    Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance.CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there...
  • The Obamacare implosion is worse than you think

    10/14/2013 8:52:34 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 103 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2013 | Marc Thiessen
    Obamacare is imploding. But thanks to the government shutdown, everyone is talking about the implosion of the GOP instead. The shutdown drama has distracted from the fact that Obamacare’s debut is worse than many realize — and it threatens the fundamental viability of the law itself. The administration claims the Obamacare online exchanges crashed because the Web site got more than 8 million hits in the first week. Please. You know how many people visit every week? More than 70 million. The difference is: 1.) Amazon seldom crashes, and 2.) on Amazon, people actually buy something.
  • Obamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are

    10/14/2013 10:45:35 AM PDT · by boatbums · 64 replies ^ | 10/14/2013 | Avik Roy
    A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.
  • Efforts To Hide Full Cost Of ObamaCare Insurance Fueled Epic Crash

    10/15/2013 5:02:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 15, 2013 | by Grace-Marie Turner
    The irony is rich. President Obama told Maryland college students just days before the launch of his healthcare "marketplace" that it would take just a few keystrokes to compare prices and policy details. "Don't take my word for it, go on the website," Obama told a crowd at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD, five days before the launch. "See for yourself what the prices are. See for yourself what the choices are and then make up your own mind. That's all I'm asking." But the bureaucrats in his administration clearly weren't listening. They created a website that is...
  • Obamacare website looks "like nobody tested it," programmer says

    10/10/2013 7:15:43 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | 10/9/2013 | CBS News
    The website for President Obama's health care overhaul is still experiencing technical problems more than a week after its launch. Anna Werner revisits a Dallas man who still can't log on to the website and compare health plans.
  • ObamaCare reg on digital patient records raises security concerns

    10/03/2013 9:39:25 AM PDT · by Excellence · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 02, 2013 | Jonathan Serrie
    A provision in ObamaCare requiring medical providers to switch from paper patient charts to electronic records is intended to reduce costs and improve care. But privacy advocates fear the transition is too fast for security measures to keep pace. Daimon Geopfert -- a security and privacy expert with the McGladrey consulting group -- compares the situation to a group of banks with tunnels to the same vault. "The security of that master vault, in many cases, is as insecure as the least secure of those banks," he said.