The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is investing in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist in improving healthcare for combat vets. With healthcare regimens, what works for one person does not necessarily work for the next. AI will, therefore, help with planning regimens while taking into account sensitivity to medication and things like cultural values. When AI was incorporated into PTSD treatment programs for vets, 73% of them completed the treatment compared to 10% who usually complete the program. AI, therefore, is a solution to helping vets complete PTSD treatment, a condition many fully recover from.
Collaboration between VA and DOE
To implement the inclusion of AI in the treatment of veterans, VA will be working together with the Department of Energy (DOE). The DOE will be providing the VA with ultra-powerful computers while bringing AI and bringing Big Data into the VA’s information network. This is all aimed at ensuring all vets get adequate treatment to help them resume their normal lives once they come back from deployment. The collaboration is hoping for breakthroughs in preventing suicide among vets, and treatment of cardiovascular disease and prostate cancer.
AI for Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Treatment and Suicide Prevention
The program is particularly focused on reducing the number of suicides among vets. Using an AI-based assessment program, patient-specific algorithms will be used to identify behaviors which correspond to suicidal inclinations. A clinical plan covering comprehensive mental health support will then be used to help veterans avoid falling into the suicide pitfall. Given that many veterans are male, many suffer from prostate cancer as a result of chemical agents they are exposed to during combat. Using AI, the hallmarks of prostate cancer can be followed to reduce the number of vets affected by the disease. PTSD is also known to exacerbate the debilitating effects of cardiovascular disease among vets. AI-based diagnosis and management of the disease using tools developed is a benefit many vets are looking to enjoy.