innovationOchsner (iO) is an innovation lab founded by Ochsner Health in 2015. iO’s mission is to reimagine and revolutionize the experience and delivery of healthcare in a way that improves health, decreases costs, and enhances patient and caregiver experiences. We seek to solve healthcare’s most pressing challenges by developing new solutions in the areas of digital health, advanced analytics, and personalized medicine. Our holistic approach that uses medical, behavioral, social, environmental and genetic data enables us to care for patients with an understanding of all factors that influence their health.
Our multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled physicians, clinicians, engineers, analysts, data scientists, project managers and researchers is dedicated to innovation through transformative breakthroughs. With visionary leadership and an unwavering commitment from Ochsner Health, we can rapidly design, test and implement groundbreaking solutions that are focused on being more predictive, proactive and precise in the way we care for patients. We also collaborate with leading innovators, inside and outside the industry, to identify and validate promising new technologies and models of care.
Warner L. Thomas
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner Health
As President and CEO of Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic healthcare system, Warner Thomas is responsible for Ochsner Health’s overall strategic growth and development. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ochsner invested in the community by acquiring six hospitals and developing strategic partnerships and affiliations to grow its presence across Louisiana and the Gulf South. Thomas joined Ochsner in 1998 and served for 14 years as Ochsner’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Thomas received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1994 from Boston University Graduate School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH. He believes in setting industry best practices and forging innovative partnerships with major companies including General Electric. He spearheaded innovationOchsner to create future health innovations to revolutionize patient-centered care. In 2014, his expertise was nationally recognized through his appointment to advise Congress on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
In 2019, Thomas was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Influential People and Entrepreneur of the Year by EY.
Richard V. Milani, MD, FACC, FAHA
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Ochsner Health & Medical Director, iO
Dr. Milani serves as the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Ochsner Health and Professor of Medicine at Ochsner Clinical School – The University of Queensland School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. His background and research focus on population health with a special interest in chronic disease, medical informatics and healthcare technology. He also serves as the Medical Director of innovationOchsner (iO), a health innovation accelerator that is a subsidiary of Ochsner Health.
After receiving his Internal Medicine training at the University of Florida, Dr. Milani completed fellowships in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Florida, Preventive Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at Harvard University (Massachusetts General Hospital), and Cardiovascular Diseases at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. He has authored over 500 medical publications and serves as a frequent lecturer for healthcare systems and Fortune 500 companies as well as an advisor to venture capital firms and emerging healthcare technology companies. Additionally, he is a reviewer for several medical journals, and is the author of Death and Dollars: Solving the Epidemic of Chronic Disease.
In 2019, Dr. Milani was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Innovators.
CEO, innovationOchsner (iO), and Interim Senior Vice President, Digital Health, Ochsner Health
Aimee Quirk is the Interim Senior Vice President, Digital Health, and CEO, innovationOchsner (iO), an innovation company founded by Ochsner Health in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the delivery and experience of healthcare and health. iO focuses on digital health, advanced analytics and precision medicine, and uses technology, data and new thinking to create effective and convenient patient-centered solutions.
Quirk joined iO in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in law, economic development and public affairs. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Economic Development for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010 to 2014, and prior to her public service she was a partner in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker, where she practiced corporate and business litigation. Quirk received a B.S. in Finance magna cum laude from Louisiana State University and a J.D. summa cum laude from Tulane University School of Law. A native of New Orleans, she is active in the community and serves on several nonprofit boards.
Chief Technology Officer, iO
Jonathan Wilt is the Chief Technology Officer of innovationOchsner, an innovation lab and accelerator founded by Ochsner Health in 2015. He leads the product development team and is responsible for overall technology strategy, machine learning and AI, and the Engineering and 3D Printing labs.
Wilt started his career as a technical engineer at Epic Systems where he acted as a technical manager and legacy data conversion advisor for new Epic implementations. He later founded and ran a boutique software consulting company that focused on EMR optimization, data integration and maintainability. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame.
- WARNER THOMAS, CEO, OCHSNER HEALTH