Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
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.
Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner Health
Pete November serves as the chief executive officer of Ochsner Health, Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit academic health system and its largest private employer. November was named CEO in 2022 after serving in numerous senior leadership positions within the organization since 2012. Instrumental in many of Ochsner’s recent milestones, November shepherded several significant partnerships, improving healthcare access for tens of thousands of community members across the region.
Prior to being named CEO, November served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Ochsner, leading accounting, financial planning and analysis, reimbursement, revenue cycle and financial operations for the system. In this role, November also oversaw the information services, real estate, supply chain and partnerships and integration teams.
A champion of the use of innovation and technology in healthcare, November previously served as Ochsner’s executive vice president of digital health and chief administrative officer, where he managed leading-edge initiatives including innovationOchsner (iO), digital medicine, telehealth, and information technology. Under November’s leadership, Ochsner became nationally recognized for its use of technology to improve health outcomes and help patients better manage chronic conditions from home.
In 2018, November spearheaded the development of Ochsner LSU Health System of North Louisiana. In partnership with LSU Health Shreveport, Ochsner created meaningful impact across Shreveport, Monroe and the surrounding communities by hiring more than 300 physicians, expanding behavioral health services and delivering community investments of more than $200 million. Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport’s transformative work continues in north Louisiana thanks to enhanced workforce and educational investments to train the next generation of healthcare professionals. November joined Ochsner in 2012 as senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer. Prior to joining Ochsner, he served as executive vice president, general counsel and head of acquisitions for LHC Group Inc., one of the largest providers of home care in the nation. Prior to LHC Group, Inc., November was an equity partner with Alston & Bird, an international law firm, where he helped a wide range of healthcare organizations navigate growth and complex partnerships for more than 14 years.
November is a graduate with a degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky and received his Juris Doctorate at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. November is actively involved in the community and serves as an Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer at Loyola University College of Business, was a member of the Governor John Bel Edwards Healthcare Transition Team and serves on the Board of Trustees for the National World War II Museum.
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.
Denise Basow, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, iO
Denise Basow, MD is Ochsner Health’s first Chief Digital Officer. Dr. Basow leads the strategy and growth of Ochsner’s digital health programs, building new digital businesses and expanding clinical businesses regionally and nationally to create a more convenient, cost-effective model that delivers better outcomes for patients.
Dr. Basow joined Ochsner’s team following a 25-year career with global information, software and professional services leader Wolters Kluwer and healthcare start-up UpToDate, where she leveraged innovation and technology to improve the quality of care by bringing evidence-based decision support into clinical workflows . Dr. Basow oversaw tremendous growth of UpToDate as General Manager of the business, before forming a new business within Wolters Kluwer in 2015 called Clinical Effectiveness, where she served as President and CEO. Becker’s Hospital Review named Dr. Basow to the list of Women in Health IT to Watch in 2022.
Dr. Basow received B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from Duke University, and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins University and practiced internal medicine.
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.