Believing in the importance of being open to new opportunities, Jeanette R. Little has found that research is the perfect field for her. She enjoys looking at where the future is going; medicine and technology are constantly changing, which means there is always something new to discover. It also means she never has to stay in one spot for too long; her role is constantly changing. At the moment, Ms. Little is lending her services to the U.S. Army as a capability area manager in the Virtual Health Research Task Area of the Medical Research and Material Command, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center as a lab leader of the Mobile Health Innovation Center, and Augusta University as an assistant adjunct professor in the medical illustration graduate program. Her current focus is telemedicine, or the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients, and her main responsibility in this medium is overseeing the next generation of research and development activities for mobile health and virtual health within the military. Looking to the future, Ms. Little hopes to invent an operational research plan on how to insert intelligent agents and other medical assessment tools into the hands of war soldiers to use in 2030 and beyond.
Prior to these endeavors, Ms. Little worked as a project manager for The Geneva Foundation and for the Intergovernmental Personnel Act of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, as special assistant to the director and government liaison of the Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Underserved Areas at Saint Francis University, and as director of the Augusta Office of the Allen Corporation of America. She served the Center for Total Access in many capacities between 1997 and 2005, including deputy director, director of distance learning, and director of multimedia. She has also garnered experience as the chief medical illustrator for the Eisenhower Army Medical Center. Her professional designations include a Master of Science in medical illustration from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University), and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Hope College.
A highlight of Ms. Little’s career came in 2010, when one of the mobile health solutions she and her team put together was named one of the Army’s greatest inventions in the health care category. She was also proud to earn the American Innovation Award from the Coalition for Government Procurement, the Federal Health Information Technology Innovation Award, the G. Rufus Sessions Award for Excellence in Mobile Health, the Scientific Poster Award from the American Telemedicine Association Meeting, and the Superior Civilian Service Award. Further, Ms. Little was named Rotarian of the Year by District 6920 of Rotary International in 2007, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Allied Health Sciences in 2000, and Vesalian Scholar in 1989. Other notable accolades include an Army Official Commendation, an Army Certificate of Achievement, and a variety of grants.
In her spare time, Ms. Little enjoys painting and gardening.