Fairfax County Students Develop App To Help Veterans

Some of the Fairfax County high school students have developed an app geared towards veterans. This app will help veterans searching for services. The app is called the Clinical Trial Selector. The purpose of this app is to give veterans and folks on Medicare access to clinical trials. The application is developed by Ethan Ocasio, a high school junior at The New School of Northern Virginia, Neeyanth Kopparapu and Shreeja Kikkisetti in about six months.

From left to right, Nevin Taylor, White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, Ethan Ocasio, Neeyanth Kopparapu, Shreeja Kikkisetti (the members of the GCL team) and Dr. Gil Alterovitz, director of Artificial Intelligence at Veterans Affairs.

According to wtop.com, “The app will also help an additional 50 million Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The teens are a part of the Girls Computing League, a nonprofit encouraging underserved youth to get into technology. They began working on the project after connecting with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ artificial intelligence team. They then joined the VA Health AI Tech Sprint. A number of groups in the program took on the task of working to demonstrate how data and AI could be used to better serve veterans.”

Ocasio said, “We really hope that our program will help those 9 million veterans find programs that they need much, much faster.”

As per wtop.com, “The team won honorable mentions from the National Artificial Intelligence Institute during a demo day and are now focusing on making the app available to the public. Ocasio said there were obstacles, like understanding how to match clinical conditions with codes, but automating the process for patients and doctors has been rewarding.”

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