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Exhale Advisors was founded with a single mission: to massively improve the access, quality and cost of the US healthcare system. We approach your business opportunities with fresh eyes and develop strategies that will accelerate your growth. We offer advisory services, market assessments or serve on your Board of Directors. 


Work with Experts

Exhale Advisors LLC has over 35 years of healthcare consulting experience with startups to Fortune 100 companies. We provide our insights on how to transform your strategies, products, processes, and talent to help you grow. And our team has the capabilities and experience to actually do it. We’re proud to help shape how leading healthcare companies improve healthcare cost, quality and access.


Use Next-Gen Tools

With 35+ years of experience in healthcare technology consulting with HP, Accenture and Aetna, we’re ready to help take your business to the next level. We help you identify the right tools, platforms and processes to integrate well with the legacy technology platforms that pervade most healthcare companies. Getting the technology integration right is critical to operate broadly and make a real impact on health outcomes.


Know the Industry

Looking for deep healthcare expertise but not sure where to turn? Need help planning or executing your growth strategy? Let Exhale Advisors guide you with healthcare strategic planning services. Any organization can develop with small incremental changes, but building for the future in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem means taking bold chances and making insightful decisions.

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Be in touch today — and let's discuss how to improve your business outcomes, or support you through your Advisory Board or Board of Directors.

Michael Palmer, CEO/Founder

Exhale Advisors LLC


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About our CEO

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Michael E. Palmer

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CEO / Founder

Mr. Palmer, who has over 35 years of healthcare experience, is the founding chief executive officer of Exhale Advisors, focused on strategy, M&A, digital transformation and innovation commercialization. Prior to founding Exhale Advisors, Michael served Aetna as its Chief Innovation and Digital Officer for five years, driving clinical, technology and digital innovations into the healthcare ecosystem serving Aetna’s 37 million members.  He played key roles in envisioning the strategy and launching Aetna's new $1B Consumer Business, and reinvented Aetna's consumer digital capabilities to make healthcare simpler and easier for consumers to navigate.  Prior to Aetna, Mr. Palmer was a Partner/MD at Accenture, where for nearly 20 years he served health clients in information technology strategy, post-merger integration, and global transformation programs. He ran Accenture’s global medical technology practice P&L for five years. Michael led Aetna’s LGBTQ employee resource group and served as faculty and mentor for Aetna’s and Accenture’s many leadership development programs. 


Mr. Palmer serves on the Boards of Directors for Newtopia (NEWU), a personalized disease prevention company and Concordance Health Solutions, a medication adherence company.  He is on the Advisory Board for League, Accenture's 2021 "Next HealthTech Unicorn." He is a Venture Partner for MBX Capital, which invests in companies at the leading-edge of the health and life sciences industries.


Mr. Palmer earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He resides in Boston and spends significant time with Habitat for Humanity.


Professional Summary:
Accomplished global C-level executive and Board Member focused on strategy, innovation, digital transformation, technology strategy, consumer experience and P&L operational management

  • Thirty-five years of healthcare leadership in health insurance (national payers, Blues and regional plans), medical technology, provider/hospital systems, care management, pharma distribution and promising healthcare startups

  • Board director for multiple organizations with additional roles on governance, nominating and compensation committees as well as Lead Independent Director for a publicly traded company; experience in corporate governance, M&A activity, leading strategic partnership negotiations and CEO coaching

  • Led and grew organizations to annual sales of $400M and revenue of $150M at above target margins, managed digital product portfolios of ~$200M and developed leaders and teams of 300+

  • Launched new $1B individual insurance exchange plans in 5 states in 14 months; roles included product vision & strategy, board-level approvals, differentiated digital tool strategy and build-out, and launch team

  • Created 5 new business offerings among 40 successful customer pilots as innovation head; proved-out clinical/ technology/digital ideas and launched with benefits consultants and payer’s large customers


Proven Results

Metabolic Syndrome Intervention

"Metabolic syndrome intervention saves $1464 per participant per year"

Falls Prevention for Seniors

"Tai chi improves balance, reduces falls by 20%, and fear of falls by 20%" 

Acquisition Advisor

"Quest Analytics acquires BetterDoctor to create first health plan platform to ensure network adequacy and provider data accuracy"

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