NIH/NCATS Sole Sources $36m Analytics Infrastructure for Consolidation of COVID-19 Patient Data

NIHNCATS Sole Sources $36m Analytics Infrastructure for Consolidation of COVID-19 Patient Data

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Palantir Technologies, a noncompetitive $36 million contract for a data enclave for what will be the largest centralized aggregation of patient data worldwide. Sponsored by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the government seeks a secure network for the accumulation, storage, collaboration and scientific data management with access to clinical, laboratory and diagnostic information from healthcare centers.

NCATS   Secure Scientific Platforms Environment 

This data computing environment, called the NCATS Secure Scientific Platforms Environment, this computing infrastructure supports the Unified NIH Integrated Translational Environment (UNITE)< which hosts the N3C data platform proof-of-concept developed by Palantir in May. NCATS was able to sole source due to the excuse that there were “no other sources capable of providing this government requirement.” The technology is associated with use by intelligence agencies.

The goal of this sole source endeavor? Offer a powerful and uniform way for Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) grantees and National COVID Cohort Collaborative...

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