The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a streamlined process for researchers to access and analyze the agency’s health care data. CMS is transitioning from preparing and shipping encrypted data files that have been requested, and now enables access from researchers’ own workstations with less cost to them and the agency. Here is the CMS announcement:
“In a move that advances the Obama administration’s work to make the health care system more transparent and accountable—and to help meet the pressing challenge of health care delivery system reform—the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the launch of the CMS Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) at the White House event Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships. Part of the President’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which aims to improve researchers’ ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the VRDC is a secure and efficient means for researchers to virtually access and analyze CMS’s vast store of health care data.
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