Founder + Chief Executive Officer
Following treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Michael O’Neil emerged humbled and inspired to finish the graduate studies interrupted unexpectedly by cancer. Steering the final year of his JD/MBA program from concept to business plan, Michael launched GetWellNetwork in August 2000 to tackle an unaddressed problem in healthcare: empowering patients to take control of their healthcare journey. Today, he leads the global digital health company as founder and CEO.
Michael’s vision for transforming the patient experience launched a healthcare technology segment called Interactive Patient Care™. Two decades later, GetWellNetwork works with leading healthcare organizations and touches millions of patients and families around the world. In that time, he has raised multiple rounds of venture capital, acquired four companies and closed two private equity transactions.
Michael is a frequent speaker, publisher and media contributor on a variety of industry topics. Most recently, he co-authored an op-ed article, “Data Is Key to Containing COVID-19 and Preventing Next Pandemic” (RealClear Health, 2020), in which the critical role of data interoperability is examined. His research journal contributions include the “Interactive Care Model: A Framework for More Fully Engaging People in Their Healthcare” published in the October 2015 Journal of Nursing Administration.
Michael is an active leader in the healthcare, entrepreneurial and non-profit communities, including Mindshare, a network of high-tech CEOs, and the Young Presidents Organization. He is a limited partner in two early-stage healthcare funds, serves as executive chairman for PerfectServe, a private equity-backed clinical communications and collaboration company, and is a senior advisor for Jetdoc, a telehealth start-up aimed at Medicaid populations.
In 2019, he was named an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow and received The Global Good Fund’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Georgetown Entrepreneurial Alliance’s Social Impact award. Michael is also a past winner of the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has previously served on the boards of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The DAISY Foundation.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife and two daughters.
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