Artificial Intelligence at Veterans Affairs - Part 1

This edition of Fed Gov Today is sponsored by Leidos.

Today and Thursday, conversations from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Artificial Intelligence Institute’s International Summit for AI in Health Care, September 6-8 in Washington.

The VA is optimistic about moving AI solutions from prototype and testing to deployment. Part of that transition is engaging end users in that deployment. Evan Carey is Deputy Director for AI Networks at the National Artificial Intelligence Institute. At the VA AI Summit, he tells me moving from testing to implementation isn’t a new challenge.

One theme throughout the sessions at the VA AI Summit is the potential to address burnout among healthcare providers. You’ll hear more about that issue on today’s show, and Thursday’s podcast too. Ning Yu, Chief Natural Language Processing Research Scientist at Leidos, explains how AI can help with burnout and a number of other challenges health care providers and systems face.

Making health care provision more efficient, more equitable, and more accessible are three goals the VA has for using AI in its healthcare system. Dr. Andrew Borkowski is Founding Chief of the Artificial Intelligence Service at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, FL; and Facility Lead for the NAII. At the VA AI Summit, he tells me how AI can help the VA achieve those goals.


Don't Miss Part 2 on Thursday, October 5th


  • Dr. Shereef Elnahal, Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Narasa Susarla, AI/ML Lead, Chief Architect/Chief Engineer, Health Group
  • Michael Kim, Chief of Staff National Artificial Intelligence Institute U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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