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Category: Affordable Healthcare Act a management issue

Posted by MIT Sloan Executive Education - 3 years and 9 months and 5 days ago

Much of the blame around the website—a web-based insurance marketplace established by the 2010 Affordable Healthcare Act—has focused on the fact that the site couldn’t handle the amount of traffic it received. Essentially, it wasn’t scalable. But look beyond the headlines and it becomes clear that there are bigger issues around the website: not only is it not scalable and therefore not accessible to the thousands of Americans hoping to use it, but it also has some user design flaws. Both of these issues—accessibility and user design—can be attributed to a reported lack of testing. According to The Washington Post in “Full Testing of Began Too Late, say Contractors,” testing on the site began a mere two weeks before its hard and firm go-live date of October 1, 2013. 

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