Following surgery and chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 28, Michael O’Neil emerged humbled and inspired, and ready to finish the graduate studies interrupted unexpectedly by cancer. Steering his final year into a life mission and business plan, Michael founded GetWellNetwork to tackle an unaddressed problem in healthcare: how to help people take a more active role in their health journey.
Nearly two decades later, Michael continues to lead GetWellNetwork as founder and chief executive officer. His vision launched a new healthcare technology segment called Interactive Patient Care© and has given millions of patients around the world a voice in their own care. In 2014, he founded the O’Neil Center, a first-of-its-kind think tank and research institute advancing the science of patient and family engagement. Today, the center continues to prove that a more active, engaged patient is a better patient and that, in turn, leads to better health outcomes at lower costs.
Michael is involved with several professional organizations and is an active leader in the DC-metro business community. He is a member of Mindshare, a network of high-tech CEOs fostering entrepreneurship and growth throughout the nation’s capital, and the Young Presidents’ Organization, a community of peer leaders committed to lifelong learning and idea exchange. He also serves as executive chairman of PerfectServe, a Tennessee-based clinical communications and collaboration software company, and is on the board of directors of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The DAISY Foundation, a global organization dedicated to honoring nurses.
The Global Good Fund 2019 Social Entrepreneur of the Year and E&Y 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year recipient is also a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2019, he was chosen to join The Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship’s fifth class of health care entrepreneurs and innovators who will embark on a two-year program that will strengthen their leadership and challenge them to develop new approaches to improve the health and well-being of Americans.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a joint Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University.