SOUTHFIELD -- Secure-24, a provider of managed IT operations, application outsourcing and cloud computing, announced the availability of a new white paper, titled "Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX): Creating an Efficient and Competitive Market through Technology."
The white paper focuses on the challenges governments are facing in providing state-run online marketplaces for an estimated 20-40 million Americans and small businesses to shop and purchase affordable health insurance.
Two federal laws, referred to as the Affordable Care Act, put states on a hard deadline to meet certification requirements by Jan. 1, 2012 and be fully operational by Jan. 1, 2013. While speed of implementation is critical, security planning is mandatory.
In this white paper, Secure-24 presents three key issues that need to be addressed to ensure the success of HIX. They are 1) protecting ensured, insurer and patient's data, 2) guaranteeing all equipment and network components are secure from intentional and unintentional harm, 3) creating necessary security procedures, and ensuring personnel are properly trained on the processes for maintaining the exchange, and 4) assessing the risk and confirming proper risk mitigation.
In addition, states need to adhere to federal compliance regulations that are designed to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the personal information of all people using the online marketplaces.
"Right now, states need to make critical decisions on how to implement these online exchanges, and speed is of the essence," said Joe Szmadzinski, chief strategy officer of Secure-24. "This white paper outlines the various solutions states have, including providing technical platforms to third-party hosting services."
With the maturation of public and private clouds, time and money-saving options make managed services a viable choice for States implementing and operating HIX, according to the Secure-24 white paper.
Secure-24 maintains teams of highly experienced professionals with specializations in business management, cloud computing, critical application management and IT outsourcing services. The company supports growing industry segments, including government, technology, consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals.
To download the white paper, or learn more about IT Outsourcing, visit Secure-24's online Knowledge Center at www.secure-24.com.
Secure-24 is a privately held company delivering managed IT operations, ERP application hosting and cloud computing services from state-of-the-art data centers. Secure-24 is a SAP Certified Hosting and Cloud Provider with a broad SAP Basis Competency Center, and an Oracle Gold Partner hosting Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions, such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Hyperion.
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