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Medicaid Review Agency Embraces Cloud Computing; Mathew Chase Comments

CloudA U.S. commission tasked with evaluating Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program has enabled its information technology infrastucture to run in a cloud environment, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jason Miller writes the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission uses data analytics tools intended to help the agency manage and secure large data needed for its biannual reports to Congress.

Mathew Chase, MACPAC’s chief information officer, told Federal News Radio that the commission selected Amazon Web Services for cloud hosting and SAS for analytics.

“We have successfully built the agency services in AWS cloud platform so the next step is to ensure the servers are right-sized through detailed monitoring and then secure a lower cost-per-hour using reserve computing prices,” Chase added, according to the report.

Federal News Radio reports cybersecurity remains a challenge at MACPAC despite moving to the cloud.

Chase also said the agency encrypts data but it still needs to balance architecture usability and security.

“We are fortunate to have been able to build the agency from the ground up and this has allowed us to ensure the information security risk to the organization are first and foremost in each of the systems and services we deploy,” he added.

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