Gil Alterovitz, director of artificial intelligence at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), said VA is testing an AI ‘to-go’ delivery model to help medical centers during the COVID-19 pandemic, FedScoop reported Tuesday.
Alterovitz said Tuesday during the ATARC IT Acquisition Virtual Summit that VA is working with academia and industry to develop AI modules that can be embedded and integrated across various systems. Such modules serve as plugins to existing software.
He noted that one of those AI modules was embedded in a department’s patient dashboard for use by veterans. That module helps VA’s health facilities predict an individual’s risk for the new coronavirus.
“Similarly, when you think about cutting-edge AI, many times it takes years for it to be developed and to lead to actual care — kind of like that meandering experience within a restaurant,” Alterovitz said. “And so we’re looking at: How do you cut that time? How do you allow for it to be developed in this kind of scalable, modular model?”