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

Average is not an option, author and founding editor of Fast Company Bill Taylor told health insurers gathered at the America’s Health Insurance Plans Ops/Tech Forum in Phoenix last month.

Imagine a future where sensors embedded in the fabric of your clothing, a device in your pocket and a super-smart remote computer is all you need to keep on top of your health.

Today’s health insurance customer is many things, according to marketing pro Lindsay Resnick of KBM Group, but it’s possible to draw a few useful generalizations.

As stakeholders in health care work to build a system designed to prevent rather than treat disease, wellness programs and tools continue to be a major focus in the benefits industry.

As health insurers – and pretty much all other stakeholders in the rapidly evolving world of health care – work to build a more sustainable system, they are adapting lessons learned across a variety of industries.

Veterinarian Lance S. Fox knew a good bit about climbing mountains even before he started his trek to Mount Everest, thanks to his time in veterinary school.

It’s not every day that you get a peek at the heart of one of America’s most well-known physicians.

Innovation is badly needed to redesign our nation’s health care system, according to speakers on a panel at AHIP’s Institute 2013, and they argue it’s already happening.