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Joanne Burns

Joanne Burns

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Joanne Burns works directly with the CEO to advance Cerner's strategic initiatives and direction. She has responsibility for ensuring that execution across all of Cerner’s business units aligns to its vision through a clearly articulated strategy. Additionally, she works with executive leadership at large, national health care organizations guiding alignment of information technology initiatives to strategic goals and objectives tied directly to Board of Director priorities.

Since joining Cerner in 2004, Joanne has held a number of progressively responsible positions including large scale program development, global market entry strategy, business development, financial planning/management, crisis management, solution strategy and development.

From 2010 to 2013, Joanne led the Tiger Institute, a unique public/private partnership between Cerner and the University of Missouri. As Chief Information Officer of MU Health Care and Executive Director of the Tiger Institute, Joanne had responsibility for strategic direction and operational execution for healthcare information technology including cybersecurity, big data management, innovation, deployment, and population health across the state of Missouri. Joanne led the organization from a HIMSS Analytics Adoption Model Stage 3 to a Stage 7 in less than three years. Under her leadership, MU Health Care received the Missouri Quality Award, and was recognized as a U.S. News & World Report “Most Connected” hospital.

From 1988 to 2003, Joanne worked at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, CA. During her tenure there, she held progressively responsible leadership positions across clinical, operational, and technical domains. While at Stanford, she had responsibility for pioneering health care delivery in order to drive down costs by leveraging new models of care delivery with heavy reliance on innovation and technology. Her leadership resulted in exceeding growth and financial plan expectations. Joanne authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national forums highlighting the results. For this work, Joanne was honored with the 2001 annual employee achievement award.

Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1982 and her Masters of Public Administration in Hospital Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1997. Joanne received Program Certification in “Women on Boards” from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health in 2016.

Joanne currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Tiger Institute which has responsibility for governing the joint investments of Cerner and the University of Missouri. She has extensive experience setting up and leading governance boards overseeing public-private partnerships. Joanne is on the Clinical Decision Committee for the First Hand Foundation, a not-for-profit organization providing assistance to underserved families throughout the world and is a Governor of the American Royal in Kansas City.

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