EPAM disowned Healthcare.gov
10:32, — hi-tech
The company with Belarusian roots EPAM Systems put forward an official statement on the development of Healthcare.gov.
“EPAM never participated in software development for the web-site Healthcare.gov and has nothing to do with any other commitments to the Affordable Care Act. Any statements of the contrary are absolutely false”, - the statement reads.
Information that software developers from Belarus worked on the project HealthCare.gov, came out on 3 February on the freebeacon.com web-site. According to the news piece’s authors, intelligence services informed president Barack Obama’s administration about that last week and asked to check the system for malware. Intelligence’s concerns were caused by the system’s potential cyber-attack vulnerability in case it was developed with the participation of developers, controlled by Belarusian government.
Intelligence turned attention to the interview of the head of Minsk High Technology Park Valer Cepkala.
“One of our clients is the USA’s Health Care Ministry. We are helping Obama carry out the health care reform”, - Valer Cepkala claimed on 25 June 2013 in an interview to the Voice of Russia radio station.
Later a spokesperson of the National Security Council of the USA Cathleen Hayden claimed that Health Care Ministry’s experts “did not find any trace of any programs being developed in Belarus”. The company CGI Federal that developed the HealthCare.gov web-site confirmed that Belarusian developers did not partake in the project.
EPAM Systems is an American IT company, a software producer, consulting specialist, a resident of the Belarusian High Technology Park. The company’s headquarters are located in Newtown (USA, Pennsylvania).
The Healthcare.gov web-site, meant for finding and purchasing a health insurance, has been launched on 1 October 2013 in the framework of the health care reform, carried out by Barack Obama’s administration. On the first day the web-site went out of order, having not managed the number of visitors. The web-site took three years to be developed. The costs amounted to 292 million dollars.