Palantir to Support American Track Kovid-19 Vaccines



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  The federal government is helping to establish a system tracking the manufacture, distribution and administration of Kovid-19 vaccines, state and local health officials briefed on the said effort.

According to health officials and materials reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Palantir is developing software that federal health officials will use to manage various vaccine data and identify the issues that Americans receive shots. Can stop doing.

The system, Tiberius, attempts to use cutting-edge data science to help the federal government manage the work of protecting Americans against Kovid-19.

Governments around the world are increasingly insisting on the Kovid-19 vaccine and drug manufacturers are increasingly doing what is usually a degenerative process. Daniela Hernández of the WSJ explains the potential health risks that participate in the development of the vaccine. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko / Associated Press

It would create the work that was credited to Palantir, who was credited with helping the US military track against Osama bin Laden, and the software that immigration officials used to find illegal immigrants, the coronovirus Taxes for federal health officials hospitalized.

State and local health officials, who are setting up programs to vaccinate residents, said the Tiberius system could further their efforts, for example, identifying high-priority populations and then health care workers, the elderly and Allocating shots to others at highest risk of infection. .

Yet Palantir’s involvement could draw fire from some Democrats and privacy advocates, who have previously expressed concern about the company gaining access to sensitive personal health information.

Another Palantir data collection and analysis tool, called HHS Protect, is similar in scope to Tiberius and is used by the US Department of Health and Human Services to track hospitals’ Kovid-19 data. It has been criticized by some for its complexity.

State and local health officials said they were told during a recent briefing by federal counterparts that Palantir was involved in the effort. A spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services said Tiberius uses Palantir technology, with Palantir serving as a subcontinent.

The Tiberius system will not have access to personal health information, Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, whose members manage state and local government vaccination programs. A spokesperson for HHS said that no personally identifiable information would be brought to Tiberius.

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Vaccine data systems are developed as a test and end result of several key candidates that give results about effectiveness and safety that may prompt the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize widespread use.

In preparation, federal health officials have asked state counterparts to begin planning delivery of any authorized vaccine dose in early November, which could become one of America’s largest vaccination campaigns in decades, and schools, A key may be to allow businesses and other establishments. To reopen completely.

State officials have drafted the plans and were to submit them to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by 16 October.

Tiberius uses software similar to HHS Protect, the foundry tool of Palantir, according to an HHS spokesperson. The foundry, which collects and analyzes data, is also used by the United Nations World Food Program to direct food where it is needed, similarly it is used to direct vaccines for Tiberias. Will be done for

The Tiberius platform will take data from federal agencies, state and local governments, and drug manufacturers, distributors, and others associated with Kovid-19 vaccines, according to the system prepared by Palibir as described in the documentation.

The documents stated that the system would allow health officials to “integrate a wide range of demographic, employment and public health data sets to identify the location of the primary population” and decided to support the allocation of the documents.

The information is intended to give federal officials real-time views of data about vaccines, from their testing to the inventory level and ultimately to the administration to the people, the material said.

Health officials can use analytics and maps created by data systems to plan distribution and make allocation decisions about vaccine doses and track delivery of vaccines to hospitals, clinics, and other locations that deliver shots, according to documents .

The material contains an example of a map of Alabama showing the Kovid-19 case by county. A second map looks at a vaccine-allocation scenario of how it compares with case trends in the state.

Once vaccine supplements are available, the Tiberius system is designed to allow authorities to “identify bottlenecks, inventory shortages, and gaps in administration in key populations,” the documents state. .

Tiberius can be a helpful tool to determine how many people work in health care or nursing homes in Philadelphia and to allocate initial doses to high priority groups, Philadelphia health spokesman James Garo said.

Utah’s Department of Health aims to use Tiberius to help vaccinate, sending vaccines to hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices to target specific critical populations, and see vaccination campaigns with those in other states How does that compare, with John Reid, Health Sciences Manager Department.

North Carolina and Wyoming’s plan also calls for Tiberius to be used to help allocate doses.

A spokesman for HHS said that Tiberius fictional “Star Trek” character James T. Takes from Kirk’s middle name. The multi-pronged initiative to find the Kovid-19 vaccine is called “Operation Tana Momentum”, which is also an allusion to “Star Trek”.

Denver-based Palantir was co-founded by billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who serves as chairman. The company went public in September and was valued at $ 21 billion on the first day of trading.

Palantir typically provides custom data to customers, to help them manage their own data rather than taking ownership of the data.

The firm has long worked for the Department of Defense and oversees the US Department of Health and Human Services and agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA.

Palantir has a contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, which has used Palantir software to find undocumented immigrants in the US, its chief executive said in an interview last year.

Palantir’s federal health-related work includes two contracts valued at approximately $ 25 million to track hospital data known as HHS Protects such as age groups, available beds and arm-protective gear for Kovid-19 patients. Track according to An online federal database of government spending. According to the documents, the Tiberius system is “taking advantage of technologies similar to HHS Protect”.

Some health officials and Democrats have criticized HHS Protect and a related data-collection tool, because they know long-used CDC tools well and because the tools are not always up-to-date or provide useful analysis We do. Critics said the Trump administration could use control of the data to reduce the range of Kovid-19 cases allegedly in US supporters of HOHS. Updates are more modern and easier to handle for new types of data than older CDC tools.

In July, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar stating that Palantir had not disclosed that it had disclosed any personal health information collected through HHS Protect What to do with it and what it has to do with privacy safeguards. Were in place. Lawmakers also asked HANH for copies of all active contracts with Palantir.

HHS has not responded to the request, according to its acquaintance.

Write Peter Loftus at [email protected] and Rolf Winkler at rolfe.winkler.wsj.com

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