Chief of Staff
As the executive vice president and chief of innovation, Jeff Townsend steers the strategic direction and innovation of the company by developing creative new concepts and solutions to benefit our current and future clients.. He plays a key role in solution innovation, financial planning and key market initiatives including population health management.
Since joining Cerner in 1985 as a programmer analyst, Jeff has held numerous roles that have shaped Cerner’s identity. His experience includes chief of staff, chief engineering officer, executive of our Health Economy business, and principal architect of the Cerner Millennium® platform. Jeff has led several initiatives that go beyond the electronic medical record (EHR), including consumer, employer, population health, research and provider networks solutions and offerings. In 2013 he assumed responsibility for Cerner’s relationship with Intermountain Healthcare (IMH) to drive health care innovation. He continues to work with IMH to create and deliver a next generation intelligent clinical information system.
Jeff has been instrumental in shaping Cerner’s software as one of the original architects of the Cerner Millennium platform. He led the creation of the institute alignment models, which are joint ventures between Cerner and our clients to rapidly advance and deploy health care technology. Jeff is a graduate of Iowa State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science.
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