US DoD utilises AI to detect cancer

The US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit is teaching artificial intelligence (AI) to identify cancer in medical images. The agency said the new tool will be available to medical professionals in the near future. The project called Predictive Health involves the Defense Health Agency, three private companies, and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). The project supports the development of the JAIC’s warfighter health initiative, which uses AI solutions to achieve the transformation of military healthcare. To adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), AI only looks at images that are associated with some kinds of disease, condition, or cancer, and the images do not involve personally identifiable information or personal health information.