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Denise Basow, MD

SVP & Chief Digital Officer, Ochsner Health

Dr. Basow joined the Ochsner Executive Team in January 2022 as the first Chief Digital Officer, with a mission to scale digital innovations that improve quality, engage patients, and enhance the healthcare provider experience. She is responsible for innovation Ochsner, a leader in digital healthcare solution development, virtual health and telemedicine, and the digital health business unit, which deploys remote patient management solutions focused on chronic diseases. These solutions are deployed within the Ochsner Health System and commercialized nationally.

Prior to joining Ochsner’s team, Dr. Basow had 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 healthcare. She joined UpToDate as a start-up in 1996 and served as CEO for 14 years, including the formation of a larger solutions business, Clinical Effectiveness, that expanded the mission beyond clinical decision support to include patient engagement solutions. At the time of her departure, Clinical Effectiveness served more than 2 million physicians globally and tens of millions of patients.  

Dr. Basow received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Duke University and her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins University and practiced internal medicine for several years before joining UpToDate.