As I mentioned in last week’s article, I attended the Healthcare Analytics symposium in Chicago a couple weeks ago. During this meeting, Niall Brennan, CMS Chief Data Officer, spoke about recent advances and future enhancements to data and systems provided by CMS for the healthcare community.
He described the new “Blue Button Initiative” where CMS and the VA are providing the public access to “synthetic sample data sets for the purpose of fostering innovation and enabling industry stakeholders to provide feedback for future development.”
He discussed the new CMS Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC). This system allows users to access approved data files within a virtual environment that is supposed to keep this data private and secure. Users can purchase their own workspace in this environment and upload their own data to generate queries against related CMS information.