Cameron to moderate discussion on Affordable Care Act website

Stephanie Koons
March 03, 2014

The issues plaguing the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) website have been widely publicized, causing major roadblocks for President Obama’s signature health care initiative. Upon the website’s launch in November 2013, technical glitches made enrollment in the ACA’s federally run insurance exchanges a problem for millions of consumers. According to Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), many of the technical problems might have been avoided if enterprise architecture practices had been better employed in the website’s design and development.

“In many ways, the ACA website is a textbook case of what happens when enterprise architecture practices are not properly employed,” Cameron said.

Cameron will be the moderator of “The Affordable Care Act Website Development and Roll-out: A Lesson in Enterprise Architecture,” which will be held Wednesday, March 5, at the McLean Hilton in McLean, Va. There will be a panel discussion on the ACA website and the benefits that enterprise architecture practices could have brought to the system. Expert panel members with in-depth knowledge of enterprise architecture and how EA was applied in the ACA website design and development process will be featured. The panel members for the presentation will include John Dodd, principal for Government Health IT & Enterprise Architecture, Computer Sciences Corporation; A. Nicklas Malik, enterprise strategy architect, Microsoft Consulting Services; Leonard Fehskens, chief editor, Journal of Enterprise Architecture, Association of Enterprise Architects; and Kris Marshall, senior managing consultant, Public Consulting Company.

“Through this discussion, audience members will gain a better understanding of what went wrong from an architectural perspective and how enterprise architecture could have helped provide insight into impending issues in time to correct them,” Cameron said.

The purpose of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, which was launched in January 2011, is to gather intellectual resources across Penn State to address research concerns and questions that span the design, functioning and governance of contemporary, information-driven enterprises. In April, the College of IST launched the master of professional studies program in enterprise architecture, the first EA program in North America and the first online EA master’s program in the world. In addition, a supportive EA option for undergraduates was rolled out at the beginning of the fall semester.

Enterprise architecture is the process of translating business vision and strategy into effective enterprise change by creating, communicating and improving the key requirements, principles and models that describe the enterprise’s future state and enable its evolution. By integrating the various dimensions of an organization, an enterprise architect takes a company's business strategy and defines an information technology system to support that strategy.

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Last Updated March 05, 2014