U.S. DEPARTMENT OF
Innovation Unit Program
SERVICE TO THE CITIZEN AWARD WINNERS
Angela Gant-Curtis has served in the Federal Government for almost 34 years with time spanning across the Department of Defense and Department of Veteran Affairs. As an IT Program Manager within VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT), Angela seeks to interpret and navigate all of the different policies and procedures so that VA OIT can focus on transformational efforts, delivering automated solutions using the latest technology and best practices that improve services to Veterans and internal VA stakeholders. She has played a critical role in multiple national implementation efforts and is spearheading long term strategic efforts to stand up five VA Centers for Technology Innovation under the VA Innovation Unit (VIU).
Angela has been instrumental to the success of solutions involving various health technologies. She managed solutions that provided Veterans the ability to remotely adjust their hearing aid (HearAssist) and has also built systems that allow Veterans to verify their military Service more easily (Veteran Identification Card, OI&T Pathways). She is also responsible for managing a mobile technology that allows Veterans to complete clinical screening (eScreening). This initiative has allowed patients to report their symptoms or complete standardized screens in advance of their medical appointments, therefore increasing the quality of the time Veterans spend with their provider by reducing time spent on mandatory documentation. Additionally, she has helped disparate teams bridge gaps to align their efforts to create a unified strategy on patient-generated health data. The work she has trailblazed has further enabled the goals we have set in place to allow for Veterans to directly share data from their connected health devices with VA.
This year, Angela won the VHA Under Secretary for Health’s Robert L. Jesse Award which recognizes VA boundary-breaking innovations. She was honored in the non-clinical category for her on increasing Veteran access to care.