The CMS has created a data exchange platform to enable researchers to work with the agency's health information using a secure virtual desktop. Accessing data through the CMS Virtual Research Data Center will cost researchers less and save on time and other resources needed to deliver data. "By providing researchers with secure, timely and affordable access to CMS data, the agency is making it easier to do the important research that will lay the foundation for better quality and lower costs in the health care system," said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

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