VA AI Director Gil Alterovitz Outlines Long-Term Goals

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Gil Alterovitz

Gil Alterovitz, director of artificial intelligence at the Department of Veterans Affairs, discussed his plans to apply AI to VA's problem solving efforts, Nextgov reported Thursday. He told Nextgov about his ongoing efforts and long-term goals to help veterans and support veteran care via AI and VA's plethora of data. 

“We really want to be the go-to place for veterans through AI research and development—so instead of reacting, we can really anticipate their needs," Alterovitz said.

The AI director said the technology can help researchers quickly detect cases of acute kidney injury, an illness that doctors usually notice when chances of treatment have reduced. A VA-supported research team used machine learning with veteran patient data to forecast on kidney failure, the report noted.

“When you think about how we are preparing ourselves, what we want to do is set a vision for the future and leverage all the strengths that we have," stated Alterovitz, a former Harvard professor.

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