OIG: VA Staff Hid Privacy, Security Risks of AI Health Data Project

Healthcare IT Security

Jessica Davis

Two employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs concealed and made false representations about the privacy and security risks of a 2016 AI health data project between the agency and Flow Health, according to a recent VA Office of Inspector General report.

In 2016, VA and the Flow Health were set to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), an agreement between a federal lab and a nonfederal party. Typically, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will enter into CRADAs with private entities and universities.

The objective of the CRADA in question was aimed at improving the health and wellness of veterans using VA health data and Flow Health’s AI and deep learning tech to...

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