Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CMS Blocks AP Freedom Of Information Act Request Is Patient Data Safe Or Another Community Health Systems Breach

On the heels of the news that Community Health Systems was just hacked
Comes another bombshell that Healthcare.gov may be open to attack
By all accounts the roll out was a disaster that on the CMS competence took its toll
Which is why AP filed a FOIA to see if CMS had met needed data security goals
It should come as no surprise; CMS turned the request down ending another transparency hope
Lame excuse that revealing would breach CMS’s security through obscurity as a means for it to cope
Maybe revealing security practices might make patient data easier to steal
Or more examples of CMS waste and incompetence the F0IA might reveal
After all CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a very unusual bureaucratic step
Signed off on security although her agency professionals balked as website was not ready yet
So AP is urging CMS to reconsider while the patients on pins and needles will wait
Hoping that another hacking breach will be the HIPPA medical records future fate.
The “transparent” administration once again reveals its true opaque spots
Blocking again information that security experts believe was validly sought  
© August 19, 2014 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet

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