FedScoop: Veterans Affairs experiments with AI ‘to-go’

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is experimenting with an artificial intelligence ‘to-go’ delivery model to assist its medical centers during the coronavirus pandemic, said Gil Alterovitz, director of AI.”

“VA, industry and academic researchers are developing embeddable AI modules that efficiently integrate across different systems, Alterovitz said during the ATARC IT Acquisition Virtual Summit on Tuesday. The modules are essentially plugins or add-ons to current software…”

“One such AI module is helping VA medical centers with COVID-19 individual risk prediction, since the virus’ initial surge in the U.S. VA is testing basic statistical models, as well as the latest and greatest ones to compile and analyze data across all its medical centers, Alterovitz said…”

AI ‘hype cycle’

“VA can’t develop modules without the help of industry and academia because of the limited AI talent pool, especially when it comes to disruptive AI, Alterovitz said.”

“Agencies rely on subject matter experts to make incremental advancements in adopting reliable technology during what has become an ‘AI hype cycle,’ said Anil Chaudhry, director of AI implementations at the General Services Administration.”

“Chaudhry is one of the leads at GSA’s AI Center of Excellence, which helps agencies plot out a phased approach to AI…” Read the full article here.

Source: Veterans Affairs experiments with AI ‘to-go’ – by Dave Nyczepir, July 14, 2020. FedScoop.

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