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EY an awardee of $49m U.S. Government blockchain health contract


On the 17th July, EY announced it is one of the recipients of a $49million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to build AI and blockchain solutions.

The HHS has awarded the indefinite government-wide contract worth $49 million to numerous firms for intelligent automation and AI (IAAI) services. EY is a prominent name on the list of awardees, along with fellow consultancy firms KPMG, Deloitte, and Accenture. IAAI also encompasses machine learning and blockchain technology.

In federal health, blockchain has the potential to automate conventionally manual processes. The department has already implemented blockchain and AI in its BUYSMARTER procurement program, which enables different departments to pool orders to save money.

The head of EY’s U.S. Government and Public Sector practice, Mike Herrinton, stated: “EY implements digital solutions with modern technologies that can help agencies unlock the potential of their data and assets, and change the way customers interact with the government.”

EY’s Digital and Emerging Technologies suite of services plan to provide intelligent automation by using AI, blockchain, and Internet of Things (IoT) in tandem. This suite may include the recent health payments project the firm is undertaking with AI company Sensyne Health and blockchain company Guardtime.

Earlier this month, enterprise-focused Guardtime announced its partnership with DMI, a U.S. government IT consultancy firm, also for AI health services. DMI is one of the other awardees of HHS’s $49m contract. Meanwhile KPMG, also an awardee, is working with Guardtime for separate blockchain projects.