State Up & Comer of the Year
Since March of 2020, JoAnn Harbison has worked tirelessly to implement solutions to assist the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services with its COVID response. Harbison was instrumental in the 2-month development and implementation of an electronic system to collect and track COVID case reporting. At its peak, Missouri received approximately 35,000 test results daily. To cut down on manual entry of the results, Harbison also led the implementation of electronic laboratory reporting. This project saved the state approximately $50,000 a day in manual data entry and allows immediate follow-up, thereby saving Missouri lives.