The departments of Veterans Affairs and EnergyÂ have partneredÂ to analyze big data from the VA and other federal sources as theyÂ optimizeÂ healthcare for veterans and other citizens.
TheÂ VA-DOE Big Data Science Initiative will exploreÂ digital health and genomic data to supportÂ the development of treatments and preventive strategies in areas such asÂ suicide prevention, cancer and heart disease, the VA said Monday.
The partnership will operateÂ within DoE’s National Laboratory system and use the department’s big data, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing technologies.
VA Secretary David Shulkin said the initiative looks to give thousands of researchers access to the resultingÂ data resource in a secure environment.
Shulkin added that the VA has developed health data trend information from approximatelyÂ 24 million veterans who used the VA for healthcare inÂ the past two decades.
The initiative includes a genomics program called theÂ Million Veteran Program Computational Health Analytics for Medical Precision to Improve Outcomes Now orÂ MVP-CHAMPION.
MVP has enrolled more than 560,000 veteran volunteers who provided DNA samples, answeredÂ surveys about their health, lifestyle and military experiences, and allowedÂ access to their electronic health records to support research.
Other planned projects include the creation of algorithms to generate personalized suicide risk scores, a prostate cancer study, and research into potential predictors of certain forms of cardiovascular disease.
The VA-DOE program will also use health data from the Defense Department, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Center for Disease Control‘s National Death Index.