The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will make its data available to the private sector for the first time, the agency’s acting administrator announced Tuesday in Washington.

Previously, CMS data has only been available to researchers not intending to develop commercial products. It now will be available to innovators and entrepreneurs, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said at the Health Datapalooza conference. “We do this with the clear expectation that you will create new streams of tools to improve care.”

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