IdeaCrew’s Open Source Cloud-based Technology Powers DC Health Link To Second Prestigious Amazon Award

DC Exchange Wins 2018 Amazon Web Services Best Practices Award with Unique Shared Services Partnership

Washington, D.C., July 17, 2018 — IdeaCrew, a leading technology consultant to the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority (DCHBX), has again been a driving force behind a major award for the DCHBX.  DCHBX runs DC Health Link, the District’s online health insurance marketplace serving 100,000 DC residents and small businesses. For the second time in three years, Amazon Web Services has selected DC Health Link for its prestigious City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Best Practices award.

“To be recognized by AWS as a top innovator in government is a major honor for all of us on the DCHBX team,” said Dan Thomas, CEO of IdeaCrew and Chief Engineer for DC Health Link. “The award underscores that open source software standards, agile development techniques and scalable cloud services can deliver quality and savings, and that public-private partnerships and shared services really work.”

IdeaCrew led a major overhaul of the technology behind DC Health Link, which it deployed in 2015 and has supported since then. The new technology improved service quality, added efficiency and lowered costs through a comprehensive systems re-design using open source software and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.  The success of the initial re-design led to a 2016 AWS City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Best Practices award. It also generated significant interest from other state-level exchanges struggling with high cost, and technically rigid off-the-shelf solutions.

In 2017, DC Health Link entered a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Massachusetts Health Connector through which the DC team would adapt its technology for the Massachusetts small business marketplace using a cloud based shared services model.  The result: success, and an unprecedented second AWS Best Practices award for DC Health Link this year.

The Amazon City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge Best Practices Award is granted annually to a local or regional government leader, or public or private school or district who has deployed an innovative solution to solve a government challenge. Qualified entries are judged on the following criteria: (a) expansion of citizen services or local government functions currently available based on the implementation of the solution; (b) use and integration of AWS Services; and (c) the significance of the solution to the local community as measured by cost savings and measurable benefits to citizens.