Missouri State Representative Asks: “What is Your Worst Case Scenario for Data Gathering”? Look at the Bubbles.


Here is data breach information visualized on Informationisbeautiful.net.

View an interactive version of this infographic by clicking on the link.  Once you click onto the interactive version, you can search for specific areas of breaches, such as academic and government sites.

World's Biggest Data Breaches


Keep this infographic in mind when you read about the national clearinghouse of information the government is establishing on healthcare and workforce management data.  From The National Standard:

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for vendors to run its “National Data Warehouse,” a database for “capturing, aggregating, and analyzing information” related to beneficiary and customer experiences with Medicare and the federal Obamacare marketplaces. Although the database primarily consists of quality control metrics related to individuals’ interactions with customer service, potential contractors are to “[d]emonstrate … experience with scalability and security in protecting data and information with customer, person-sensitive information including Personal Health Information and Personally Identifiable information (personal health records, etc.).” Vendors are also instructed that one of the requirements of a possible future contract would be “[e]nsuring that all products developed and delivered adhere to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance standards.”

For a number of years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the division of HHS responsible for Medicare and now Obamacare also, has maintained a “national data warehouse” (NDW) related to the 1-800-MEDICARE helpline. The passage of the Affordable Care Act and subsequent establishment of the Marketplaces has expanded the scope of the NDW. The CMS notice explains the NDW as follows:

The NDW performs a significant role with oversight and monitoring functions under the Virtual Call Center Strategy (VCS) initiative and Medicare Reform legislation. The NDW acts as the central repository for capturing, aggregating, and analyzing information related to the beneficiary experience with Medicare and the consumer experience with Marketplaces. The NDW also serves as a foundation for operational and management reporting to support improved decision-making, business practices, and services to callers.

The type of data included in the NDW “includes information for CMS’ Virtual Contact Center operations including, but not necessarily limited to” items such as “Workforce management data,””Quality monitoring,” “Medicare disenrollments,” “Beneficiary satisfaction surveys,” and “Web Chat metrics.” The NDW is part of CMS’s larger $15 billion “Virtual Data Center” program awarded to multiple vendors in 2012. The eventual vendor for the NDW must be able to integrate and share data with the other Virtual Data Center vendors.


Question.  As ‘workforce management data’ is important in the Chamber of Commerce’s push for a common set of educational standards to enable data tracking of human capital, is it a fair assumption to think that educational/personally identifiable data gleaned from the Common Core set of data will be (if not already) part of the National Data Warehouse?

Representative Margo McNeil asked those testifying against Common Core in a Missouri House Hearing two years ago why we were so opposed to data tracking:

Last week during the House Education Committee hearing on SB210 Representative Margo McNeil asked witness Gretchen Logue what she was so worried about with the data gathering. Specifically she asked, “What is your worst case scenario with the data gathering?”

We answered her here and here.

But that was before we had this outstanding graphic showing data breaches over the last 10 years.  Oh, I don’t know, Representative.  There’s just something about that infographic that’s a bit concerning, don’t you think?


Published January 3, 2015



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