Palantir rakes in $150M to integrate the VA's EHR data, create COVID-19 database for NIH

Palantir Technologies, the data analytics company that powers the National Institute of Health's COVID-19 data-reporting platform, has been awarded $150 million in two federal health contracts to streamline data integration.

Five things to know:

  1. The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded Palantir a contract valued at $90 million over four years, FedScoop reported Oct. 7. Palantir's tech will ingest data on its EHR, which is amid a paused rollout with Cerner until the end of the year, according to the report.

  2. Palantir also will integrate data from its health and benefits systems into its common operating platform to give federal officials insights into what services patients are receiving, FedScoop reported.

  3. The NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has awarded Palantir a deal to support the National COVID-19 Cohort Collaborative and its data project through an indefinite-delivery contract, according to an Oct. 4 news release. The contract's value could reach $59.5 million over two years. Palantir will get $7.9 million in the first five months.

  4. The national COVID-19 cohort includes the COVID-19 data of more than 70 companies for clinical research. There are more than 8 million records from 65 institutions hosted on the data enclave. The cohort also will be used to study long COVID-19.

  5. The NIH also has awarded Palantir $24 million to provide software to accelerate cancer and AIDS research. The original contract was $36 million for one year but has been extended to a total of $60 million for two years.

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