Niall Brennan has been named big data czar at the CMS.
Brennan will head the new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics as the CMS' first chief data officer, “tasked with overseeing improvements in data collection and dissemination as the agency strives to be more transparent,” according to the CMS.
Brennan, who has been serving as the acting director of the CMS' Offices of Enterprise Management, was appointed to the newly created position after leading various CMS data programs and initiatives at the OEM.
“It's clear how much data transparency will help the country improve outcomes, control costs and aid consumer decisionmaking,” CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Andy Slavitt said in a statement. “This appointment signals to the industry that there is no turning back from the healthcare data agenda.”
Before coming to the CMS, Brennan was with the Brookings Institution, where he directed a number of efforts to better measure the quality and cost of healthcare, according to the CMS website.