US analytics and AI firm Palantir and Accenture have been chosen as the winner of the £480m Federated Data Platform procurement, with an announcement expected imminently.

Palantir, the current supplier for FDP, and widely seen as the favourite to win throughout the procurement, bid in partnership with Accenture. Rival bidders included Oracle and IBM.

Digital Health News understands that the decision on the award of the FDP procurement, originally expected to be announced in September, has now been signed off by ministers and will be publicly announced within a matter of days.

Speaking at Digital Health’s AI and Data event last week Ming tang, chief data and analytics officer for NHS England, said that the procurement was complete but sign-off for the contract award was with ministers.

Ministers were understood to have sought more evidence of support within the system for FDP before signing off the procurement decision. In October some sixteen trust medical directors lent their names to a letter of support for FDP.

Digital Health News sought confirmation from NHS England and received the following response from an NHSE spokesperson: “The supplier procurement process hasn’t yet been concluded.”