Solved: Healthcare, All Of It
Next week, we'll be running a series of contributed articles that offer various perspectives on Health IT. But it hardly seems necessary now, after John Hodgman (probably best know as "PC" in Apple's "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC" ad campaign) solved all of our nation's healthcare problems in a recent segment on the Daily Show:
Celtic Insurance Automates Approvals
Celtic Insurance automates key decision-making processes to speed application approvals and differentiate itself from competitors on eHealthInsurance.com.
Scampas Out as MetLife CIO
Jeanette Scampas, who replaced Steve Sheinheit as MetLife's enterprise CIO in early 2008, has left the company, according to an internal memo.
The Standard Launches Online Benefit Modeling Tool
Pension Estimator tool allows participants to model an unlimited number of potential scenarios, including alternative retirement dates, interest rate assumptions, salary increase assumptions and annuitization options.
Obama Plan Leaves OFC an Open Question
The government's financial services regulatory reform proposal treats insurance as an afterthought, but federally driven consumer financial protection could open the door to an optional federal charter.
IBM to Acquire SPSS
IBM's $1.2 billion bid to acquire the Chicago-based business analytics vendor is expected to close later this year.
Youth, Social Networking, and The "Deification of Imbecility"
However, this inexorable wave of change sweeps us along, it might be fun to cast a gimlet eye upon upon youth-driven change. At least that's what Nathan Conz - incidentally I&T's most youthful editor - seems to think. Nate offers us all a welcome friday chuckle with Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson's wry take on youth-driven commercial culture as the "deification of imbecility" and the reason "everything sucks."
Those Darn Kids
The Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson delivered a cold open monologue earlier this week on a marketing culture that values youth over experience. Is it insurance or technology related? Well, probably not, but it could be relatable to an industry striving to reach the youngest generations through new distribution channels like the TwitterBook and the MyTunes...
Novarica: Tech Transforming P&C Claims Amid Downturn
Carriers are moving forward with existing core claims systems initiatives and investing in emerging technologies such as analytics, fraud detection, geographic information systems, mobile applications and Web 2.0 to drive operational efficiency and improved customer service.
USAA Dials Up iPhone App
USAA unveils iPhone application that gives customers mobile access to their insurance, banking and investment accounts.
The Future of Insurance Sales and Distribution
By Greg Webber, President, Insurance Systems, SunGard
Recently, one of my children graduated from university, which led to one of those typical (father to son) financial responsibility discussions. In this case, we were talking about the need for him to purchase his own automobile insurance.
Karen Clark, TigerRisk Form Partnership
Karen Clark & Company and TigerRisk Partners have formed a strategic partnership to provide insurers with an integrated catastrophe risk management approach.
The SaaS Revolution and Insurance Distribution: Using SaaS-based Distribution Platforms
SaaS offers insurance companies the opportunity to make some real improvements to their distribution channels, with faster returns and lower up-front investments than ever before. It is, however, still more than a simple flip of a switch. A successful implementation still depends on getting the basics right and being aware of what new challenges need to be addressed.
Berthiaume’s Influence Spreads at Chubb
Mark Berthiaume, Chubb Specialty Insurance's CIO since 2001, has taken on the CIO role for Chubb Commercial Insurance, in addition to stewardship of the carrier's Surety IT organization and Specialty's field operations, and responsibility for global IT strategy.