FEMA urges all U.S. states to send public health data to Palantir


The Federal Emergency Management Agency asked public health officials to provide deidentified daily updates on ventilator availability and “testing, capacity, supplies, utilization, and patient flows.” Palantir’s software is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new data management system launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Daily Beast)

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Talking point: Though stripped of identifying information, the data sets are potentially lucrative to Palantir, experts say. The company said it will not use the information for commercial purposes. Palantir is also working on responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in other countries including the U.K., Greece and Germany. While the HHS contract is worth US$24.8 million, the company is providing its services to other governments for free. It has previously used such pro bono work to win paid contracts.