Medtronic to install 115 GI Genius modules across VA facilities

Medtronic’s GI Genius intelligent endoscopy module. [Image courtesy of Medtronic]Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) announced today that its Gastrointestinal Business received a contract to install GI Genius systems at some Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

The contract comes through a partnership with a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB). Medtronic will install 115 GI Genius intelligent endoscopy modules across numerous VA medical facilities in the U.S.

Veterans can now access Medtronic’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The company designed it to improve the accuracy of polyp detection in colonoscopy screening. According to a news release, the Veteran’s Health Administration performs approximately 250,000 colonoscopies each year.

“We’re proud to give back to the men and women who have served our country by extending this powerful and proven tool in the fight against colorectal cancer,” said Geof…

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U.S. government agencies announce COVID-19 Insights Partnership

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The U.S. Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Health and Human Services and Dept. of Veterans Affairs announced today that they formed a COVID-19 Insights Partnership.

According to a news release, the trio of government agencies formed the partnership as an initiative to coordinate and share health data, as well as to research the virus and add expertise to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

HHS and the VA will utilize the DOE’s high-performance computing and artificial intelligence resources to conduct COVID-19 research and to analyze health data that, according to the agencies, would otherwise not be possible to analyze.

The research and analysis conducted through the partnership is slated to focus on the development outcomes of vaccines and therapeutics, along with virology and other scientific topics surrounding the virus. The DOE’s Summit supercomputer at the Oak Ridge N…

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