Melissa Turner

Melissa Turner is an editor on SmartBrief's health care team, handling briefs on policy, insurance, medicine and veterinary medicine. She's a former newspaper writer and copy editor and is a trained biologist with background in biotechnology.

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The brain science of behavior change
The brain science of behavior change

Lasting change relies on effective motivation but can't happen without adequate time, systems and a plan for inevitable relapse, Dr. Kyra Bobinet says

Is it possible for a single innovation to address many of the cost, quality and data gaps in our fragmented medical system, providing real-time, evidence-based answers at the point of care based on everything that is known about a patient?

Health information technology is frequently invoked as the key to solving America’s biggest health care challenges, but as many in the field acknowledge, the gap between vision and reality is often wide.

Health insurance industry executives gathered ahead of Institute 2015, the annual meeting of America’s Health Insurance Plans, to talk through and develop solutions to some of the biggest challenges in health care today at the AHIP and Nashville Health Ca

One of the main goals of efforts to improve the quality of health care in the U.S. is to reduce variation in care, where some patients are treated optimally while others miss out on the best of medicine.

When you consider the technological advances in medical science and treatment, it’s surprising how long it’s taken the industry to begin the transition from paper charts to electronic record keeping.

The challenges facing the health care industry threaten to spiral out of control.

Say you’re leading a large, well-known, long-established company. And suddenly you are faced with a new market, a completely changed way of doing business, selling your product to people in an entirely different way.

Patients should be at the center of the health care universe, America’s Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignagni told stakeholders gathered at AHIP’s Ops/Tech Forum last month in Phoenix.

What’s the most exciting innovation in health care today?