Joanne Burns, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, works directly with the CEO to advance Cerner’s strategic initiatives and directions. She also partners with clients to drive value creation, and to spark technology and industry advances inside their organizations.
Previously, Burns was chief information officer and executive director of the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation, a joint venture between Cerner and the University of Missouri Health System. While at the Tiger Institute, she created the model for how Cerner clients leverage technology to achieve their missions and realize their visions.
Burns led the Tiger Institute from a HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model Level 3, to a Level 7 in less than three years. Under her leadership, the University of Missouri Health Care received the 2011 Missouri Quality Award, the 2011 and 2012 Health Informatics “Most Wired” award, and was recognized as a 2012 US News & World Report “Most Connected” hospital.
In addition, the Tiger Institute collaborated with the University of Missouri School of Medicine on the award of a $13.3 million CMS Healthcare Innovation Challenge grant – Leveraging Information Technology to Guide High Tech, High Touch Care (LIGHT2).
Prior to her time at the Tiger Institute, Burns was vice president of Cerner’s Global and Specialty Solution Strategy. For six years, she served as the intellectual property lead for the company’s academic and pediatric communities, as well as global clients, and led the development of PowerChart Oncology™, PowerChart Maternity® and Cerner’s FetaLink®.
Before joining Cerner in 2004, Burns held various positions in health care spanning more than 20 years, including clinical and IT leadership roles at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, as well as Stanford University Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, both in Palo Alto, Calif. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and spoken in national forums on a variety of topics related to oncology care, critical care and the use of IT in health care.
Burns received a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She has a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of San Francisco.