The Dept. of Veterans Affairs appointed its first-ever artificial intelligence director, Dr. Gil Alterovitz, to lead its work in improving veteran care with AI-powered solutions.

Alterovitz is a Harvard Medical School professor, as well as a member of the Computational Health Informatics Program within Boston Children’s Hospital. Previously, he served as a presidential innovation fellow, and assisted the White House with updating its nation-wide AI research and development plan.

Alterovitz’s new position will focus on leveraging AI to better understand the VA’s big data on its 9M+ veterans. AI is projected to have enormous potential in advancing medical treatment with innovative breakthroughs, more accurate diagnoses and improved patient treatment.

“Given how health care is evolving, AI is really the only way to move forward in terms of reducing costs and providing better care,” said Alterovitz.


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