Archimedes Inc. is offering free data analytics software to analyze Medicare claims data from 2008 through 2010 under a collaboration with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Publicly available from CMS is the Medicare Claims Synthetic Public Use Files, which are similar to the CMS Limited Data Sets but with a smaller number of variables. “They provide data analysts and software developers the opportunity to develop programs and products utilizing the identical formats and variable names as those which appear in the actual CMS data files,” according to an agency explanation. “The files have been designed so that programs and procedures created on the SynPUFs will function on the CMS Limited Data Sets. The SynPUFs also provide a robust set of metadata on the CMS claims that have not been available in the public domain.”

Archimedes’ ARCHeS Population Explorer software will support the querying and analysis of datasets to understand the rates of various outcomes for specific Medicare populations, based on such factors as a medical condition, age range, and medication use, or a combination of these and other factors, according to the vendor. Information on accessing the software is here.

A three-hour training session on the Archimedes software will be held on June 2, immediately preceding the Health Datapalooza IV conference in Washington, with a limit of 30 attendees. More information is available here.

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