Former NHS tech chief joins firm bidding for £480m NHS data contract

Matthew Gould, the former head of NHS digital policy has been appointed to the advisory board of Quantexa, a leading UK data technology company.

Matthew Gould was originally hired to head up the NHSX department created by then health secretary Matt Hancock to lead on technology policy for the service.

Following the absorption of NHSX into other agencies, Mr Gould became the director general for digital transformation at the Department of Health and Social Care and the national director for digital transformation at NHS England.

Mr Gould left the NHS to run London Zoo operator, The Zoological Society of London, in the summer of last year.

Quantexa is one of the remaining bidders involved in the procurement process for the NHS’s £480m federated data platform. It is part of a consortium with IBM. Palantir is understood to be the other remaining competitive bidder.

Full story in HSJ, 22 September 2023

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