The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Nov. 12 announced the launch of the CMS Virtual Research Data Center, which will allow researchers to virtually access and analyze CMS health care data. Previously, CMS filled researchers’ data requests by preparing and shipping encrypted data files.
“However, given the rapidly growing demand for timelier Medicare and Medicaid data, the agency needs a less resource-intensive means of responding to data requests from researchers,” CMS said. “The VRDC will help CMS meet these demands while also ensuring data privacy and security and reducing the cost of data access for most users.”
Costs of accessing the VRDC and additional details can be found in the “CMS Virtual Research Data Center FAQs” at www.resdac.org.