Experts from top technology and Internet companies including Google, Oracle and Red Hat have stepped in to help the Obama administration fix the troubled HealthCare.gov website.
According to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, serving as the project’s coordinator, the department will now use help of experts in site reliability, stability and scalability, associated with world’s most prominent Internet companies.
Writing in her blog, Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, has named Michael Dickerson, a site reliability engineer currently on leave from Google, and Greg Gershman, a developer and entrepreneur previously working for the White House and the General Services Administration.
Apart from Dickerson and Gershman, dozens of technology experts and programmers have been hired as part of the effort to have the system up and running by the end of November, which is crucial to meet the enrolment goals.
Most of the these experts were employed by contractor companies CGI Federal and Quality Software Services, directly responsible for the system’s development
The contractors have already been using technology from Oracle in building the site. Experts from Red Hat are also among the repair effort, a US official said on Thursday.
"We are doing everything we can to assist those contractors to make HealthCare.gov a highly performing, highly reliable, highly secure system," Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told shareholders at the company's annual meeting on Thursday in Redwood City, California.
Further information has been revealed yesterday regarding the troubled Obamacare website that has been plagued with glitches ever since its rushed launch in early October.
Enrolment in health insurance plans in the system was extremely low in the first days of its operation, with just 248 Americans signing up, according to documents released on Thursday by a US House of Representatives committee.
The government has said it expects about 7 million people to enrol for individual insurance in 2014, many of whom have the chance to receive government subsidies.