The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on July 16 advanced a bipartisan bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) to improve healthcare services for America’s military veterans.

“We owe it to our veterans to provide them the best care possible,” Sen. Ernst said. “In order to tackle the wide array of health concerns our veterans face — such as traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress — we need an all-of-the-above approach.”

Sen. Ernst’s bill, the Department of Energy Veterans’ Health Initiative Act, S. 143, which would streamline data sharing between the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to improve health outcomes, now moves to the full chamber for action.

“This bipartisan legislation will allow for greater collaboration between government agencies to help solve complex data challenges and to advance veterans’ health care,” the senator said.

If enacted, the purpose of S. 143 would be to advance DOE expertise in artificial intelligence and high-performance computing toward improving veterans’ health outcomes by supporting basic research through the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and large-scale data analytics to identify and solve challenges in the health sciences, according to the bill’s text.

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