Profile of Anthony O'Donnell
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Anthony O'Donnell has covered technology in the insurance industry since 2000, when he joined the editorial staff of Insurance & Technology. As an editor and reporter for I&T and the InformationWeek Financial Services of TechWeb he has written on all areas of information technology in the property/casualty, life and health insurance industries, following the trends and issues faced by senior technology executives. In addition to reporting and editorial duties for I&T, O'Donnell also serves as a moderator and speaker at industry events and broadcasts. He began his editorial career in the healthcare industry where he reported and edited for medical publications with a variety of audiences, from the general public to physicians and researchers. He has also worked in the healthcare field as a media relations professional and Spanish/English interpreter/translator, and has taught English composition and conversation classes to native speakers of Spanish, both in the United States and in Latin America. O'Donnell lives in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife and two sons.
Articles by Anthony O'Donnell
posted in April 2010
The acquisition brings Sapiens Harcase's RapidSure policy administration suite and customer base, as well as the software and service capabilities of Octello, Harcase's sales and implementation partner, with whom the company merged earlier this year.
Formerly in the spotlight for his work as the Army's chief investigator of abuses at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, CNA's George Fay intends to adapt the military's use of advanced IT for the carrier's claims operations.
An eight-month project resulted in on-time deployment of the ISCS system for the regional specialty P&C carrier for four products in multiple states.
Patni has acquired CHCS Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Universal American, and signed a related five-year, multi-million dollar contract to provide end-to-end policy administration services to Universal American.
XL Insurance's new centralized, global claims management claims management system is designed to enhance the carrier's customer service capabilities and reduce costs by consolidating and upgrading its core claims-processing technologies and procedures globally.
On display at this weeks' RIMS conference, the mobile e-CARMA platform will be accessible on any mobile device with a Web browser, including the iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones.
SmartAdvisor Utilization Review Decision Manager seamlessly integrates medical bill review and utilization review to deliver more accurate workers' compensation medical bill pricing adjustments, according to Mitchell International.
Shimpi will oversee the enterprise-wide risk monitoring and management program for ING's U.S. insurance operations, and will be responsible for managing the framework for measuring, controlling, hedging, and pricing risk, as well as compliance with all global financial reporting standards for the company.
The Boston-based firm's new life insurance practice aims to provide Aite Group's clients with quantitative and qualitative insight into the business, technology, and regulatory issues impacting the industry.
Integration of DocuSign e-signature technology with iPipeline's e-Policy solution aims at streamlining the policy process to eliminate errors and further automate the sales distribution process.
Pegasystems intends to complete the acquisition of Chordiant through a short-form merger as soon as possible, and which is currently expected to be completed today, according to Pegasystems.
The NAIC's Solvency Modernization Initiative will drive regulation that supports global regulatory transparency and necessitate risk management and reporting technology modernization, according to Deloitte.
AIA Foundation Pack 11gR1 simplifies and speeds development of integration projects for business analysts, architects, developers, and application owners, effectively bringing the AIA programming model and best practices out of the documentation and into the toolset, according to Oracle.
When the implementation is complete, the Interactive Intelligence software suite will support several hundred Pharmacists Mutual employees, about 15 percent of whom work remotely from branch offices.
Kohl has led the founding of a new data center and disaster recovery site, consolidation of multiple data centers, virtualization of the growing server environment, implementation of a tiered storage environment, identity access management solutions, integration and consolidation of certain core services as well as telecom upgrades.
StoneRiver FAB Billing met the carrier's aim to provide its armed services policyholders flexibility to customize bills to meet their unique situations, whether deployed abroad or within the United States.
The enterprise-wide implementation of the HP Exstream solution will enable Grange to more efficiently create, publish and manage its documents across all the carrier's brands and business units, a Grange spokesman says.
The financial crisis has increased demands -- both internally and from regulators and raters -- on insurers' risk managers to deliver reliable, accurate and up-to-date views of risk exposure, real and potential.
The program, which includes financial incentives for medical practices, will help physicians use personal computers and wireless devices to write prescriptions and send them to the pharmacy for filling.
Emdeon will incorporate FICO Insurance Fraud Manager into its leading healthcare revenue and payment cycle transaction processing network in order to offer an enhanced fraud prevention solution to the 1,200 payers currently using Emdeon.
SAS Risk Management for Insurance will help life and P&C companies calculate risk-based capital and provide senior management with greater understanding of their company's risk and financial condition, according to the vendor.
With the addition of vehicle equipment option package data, we believe WorkCenter Total Loss 4.0 is now the industry's most comprehensive vehicle configuration offering, the vendor claims.
If your company's senior leadership asks "Are we optimized?" how will you respond? By attending Insurance & Technology's first Virtual Event tomorrow beginning at 10:00 AM Eastern, you'll gain insights in answer to that question from a distinguished group of speakers, as well as having the opportunity to share your own with those of industry peers in a unique virtual space.
The acquisition of the New York-based provider of business intelligence and advanced analytics solutions to the insurance industry gives Cover-All an entree into the business intelligence marketplace.
The implementation has enabled Thrivent to deploy its first variable annuity sales and marketing system, resulting increased market share among variable annuity providers, according to Insurance Technologies.
As the insurance industry prepares for the next growth phase, small and medium-size carriers are taking advantage of rules-based policy administration packages to transform their capabilities and stand up to larger competitors.
The Hanover CIO Mike Clifton relates how the Worcester, Mass.-based insurer successfully combines legacy and modern, rules-based technology to meet changing customer and distributor demands and exploit market opportunities.
The premise of microfinance is that poor people can be responsible borrowers but the financial system does not normally provide instruments that are matched to their extremely modest means. If the premise is correct, then the poor will be able to use their loans to good account, gaining access to capital in order to create more capital, however modest the scale.
The StoneRiver IIP enables new business, operational and technical opportunities for carriers by providing easier business process automation, integration, and a rich user interface framework, according to the vendor.
Arranged to reflect retirement advisors' goals, the site navigation provides the options to speed their access to needed information.
Using real-time, continuous behavioral and transaction monitoring and analysis, the Wiz Sentri Financial Crime Control platform is designed to help financial institutions predict and prevent financial crimes before they occur and avoid significant financial losses, compliance exposure and reputational risk, rather than trying to mitigate damage after the fact.
The combined services of Overland Solutions and Valen will identify premium leakage resulting from misclassified workers' compensation and GL policies.
The workers' comp carrier expects the solution to enable it to accelerate time to market by empowering business users to manage the templates and rules in its customer communications.
Unitrin Direct completed the mainframe migration within 8 months of launching the project and has now consolidated all versions of the DRC application to a Windows environment.
The Springfield, Mass.-based carrier cites Casale's leadership in the implementation a streamlined, efficient organizational structure, continued delivery of the company's modernization programs, maintenance of superior production operations, and enhancement of the strategic focus of the company's IT division.
Former E*Trade CEO Donald Layton's and retired CEO of EDS Ronald Rittenmeyer's appointments are effective immediately.
TriZetto will continue to provide application management and hosting for core systems, including TriZetto's Facets enterprise administration platform, Clinical CareAdvance health management system, NetworXSuite provider pricing and modeling applications, and Constituent Web Solutions.