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VA Establishes National AI Institute to Advance Health Tech for Military Vets; Robert Wilkie Quoted

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Robert Wilkie
Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled a research and development hub for artificial intelligence-based health care technology platforms intended to support former military personnel, their families and caregivers.

VA said Thursday the National Artificial Intelligence Institute will collect ideas from veterans and organizations across the government, commercial and academic sectors to facilitate R&D programs.

The department’s Office of R&D and Center for Strategic Partnerships collaborated to establish the facility.

Robert Wilkie, VA secretary and a 2019 Wash100 winner, said the institute will work to drive introduction of new systems and initiatives meant to help the government manage health outcomes for veterans.

The institute will build on the National AI R&D Strategic Plan and American AI Initiative to support large-scale programs, policies and partnerships.

VA noted it uses the technology in efforts to reduce wait times at medical facilities as well as help clinicians identify individuals at risk of suicide and choose treatments for patients.