Chief Strategy Officer
As the chief strategy officer, Joanne Burns advances Cerner's strategic initiatives and direction by 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 established by board of director priorities.
Since joining Cerner in 2004, Joanne has held positions across all lines of business with responsibilities including large scale program development, global market entry strategy, business development, crisis management, financial planning/management, solution strategy and development.
Joanne led the Tiger Institute, a unique public/private partnership between Cerner and the University of Missouri, serving as chief information officer of MU Health Care and executive director of the Tiger Institute. Under her leadership, MU Health Care received the Missouri Quality Award, and was recognized as a U.S. News & World Report “Most Connected” hospital.
Previously, Joanne worked at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, California, and had responsibility for pioneering new models of health care delivery with heavy reliance on innovation and technology to drive down costs.
Joanne received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of New York at Plattsburgh and her Master of Public Administration in Hospital Administration from the University of San Francisco. Joanne received program certification in “Women on Boards” from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She is also an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow designate.
Joanne sits on the management board of SNOMED International, an organization responsible for creating clinical terminologies which foster interoperability of electronic medical records in more than 30 countries worldwide. She 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 serves on the advisory board of Purdue University’s Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. Additionally, Joanne is involved in the community through board positions with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the First Hand Foundation. Joanne was named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business in 2017, Health Data Management’s Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT in 2018, and has presented at numerous international conferences.
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