Oregon health exchange technology troubles run deep due to mismanagement!!

"Shut it down," said Rocky King, Cover Oregon’s executive director. "Let’s not waste anybody else’s time here." OHA’s advisors said a systems integrator was necessary. "The state does not have the development resources with the requisite experience," consulting firms Wakely Consulting Group and KPMG wrote in a joint March 2011 report. They added that the integrator could lead to "significantly lower" overall costs. In July 2011, OHA was poised to follow that advice. It solicited a systems integrator to oversee the exchange work. But that month Oregon Health Authority Director Bruce Goldberg hired Carolyn Lawson to become chief technical officer of OHA. Four months into the two-year exchange project, Lawson changed its entire makeup. She launched a sweeping reorganization of the team working on it, and canceled the solicitation for a systems integrator deciding it would save the state money, documents show. The state would be its own systems integrator.


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