The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Nov. 19 announced formation of the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Niall Brennan, previously acting director of the CMS Offices of Enterprise Management, will lead OEDA and serve as the first CMS chief data officer.
OEDA is tasked with overseeing improvements in data collection and dissemination as CMS seeks to become more transparent. The agency has had difficulty with the veracity and usefulness of data it presently is making available, such as on the Hospital Compare website, among others.
According to the announcement, OEDA will “help CMS better harness its vast data resources to guide decision-making and develop frameworks promoting appropriate external access to and use of data to drive higher quality, patient-centered care at a lower cost.”
Struggling with a growing tsunami of data generated from the Medicare, Medicaid programs, among others, CMS also has newer responsibilities that include “stewardship of the EHR Incentive Programs, more expansive quality measurement programs, and the establishment of the Health Insurance Marketplaces,” which have all expanded the scope of data that CMS collects, states the agency. “As CMS works to shift the focus from volume of services to better health outcomes for patients, coordinating care, and spending dollars more wisely, the need for CMS to analyze data across its multiple programs and provide greater access to this data, whether in granular or aggregate form, will only intensify.”
CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt said that Brennan’s appointment to head OEDA “signals to the industry that there is no turning back from the healthcare data agenda. Niall Brennan will help make sure CMS leads the way.”
As the acting director of the CMS Offices of Enterprise Management, Brennan oversaw a number of efforts related to data, e-health, business operations, and project management. Prior to leading OEM, he was the director of the Office of Information Products and Data Analytics at CMS, where he oversaw agency efforts on data storage and dissemination, analytics, and the creation of information products.
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