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The Costs of Data


The Costs of Data

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Jim P.
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I worked with HIPAA data.

When I was working with the developers, the test DB they would develop against had about 65K rows of patients and about 10 facilities. The production DB had over a million residents and over a 1000 individual facilities.

They had a function that looked up the list of active therapists -- but didn't discriminate by facility id. So the function was returning over 23K lines to look for one out of maybe ten. But using the limited DB it worked well. With the production DB it sucked.

But they would never let me sanitize the Production DB to test or develop with.



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Jim P. (8/22/2013)

But they would never let me sanitize the Production DB to test or develop with.


And Jim this is a challenge I face as well, and probably many others.

The confidentiality of the data is seen to be so high that many believe that it should not be replicated, or the physical resources to do it are not seen as too valuable and a waste of space. The problem with this lack of insight and strategy is limiting to those who would like efficiency and a better user experience. And to them the amount of time spent waiting is not an issue as long as they believe the data is safe and the resources as limited as they can be.

Little do these folks realize that a 1 minute wait over 25k transactions a week, or other like metric will add up to a fill salary every month this is foolishness is allowed to continue. And they also do not realize is that any DBA who has the needed password has full access to every bit of data in the system and that the security of that data is already at the mercy of the DBA.

These same people would never let a person tune their car or repair their house without needed testing like doing it on the best guess. They would be horrified to know that their plummer just took their best guess at what was wrong and what was needed to make the water flow at an acceptable rate and thus ended up with a bill of 10k. They want the real testing and real estimate when it involves their money but who knows what drives them when they spend the companies cash.

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Miles Neale (8/23/2013)

<End Friday Rant #1>


That is what I ran into. And then the one that I found that was left alone. I found XML data that was never obfuscated or de-identiified stored in the test DB before me. I had a "s--t-fit" and brought it to management in a way that I was covered and left their butts hanging.

I can't afford +$100K in fines.



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