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 August 2009
The insurer has dispatched two customer care vehicles and claims staff from around California to the fires, which have claimed the lives of two firefighters and threaten thousands of homes.
Full production of Ravello's CoverageQuick suite follows MPM's early March launch of Ravello claims within 60 days of product selection, announced Feb. 2, 2009.
Improvements to WORLDCATenterprise are based on new science and data, as well as other relevant information about North Atlantic hurricanes, European floods and earthquakes, particularly in the Himalayan Frontal Thrust region and South America, according to the vendor.
The current stage of BHHC's Duck Creek-centered technology modernization effort will enable the carrier to issue an array of commercial insurance products, including auto, property and general liability.
Top Layer's IPS 5500 intrusion prevention suite is providing the group of auto insurance companies the ability to effectively block malicious network traffic while handling greater volume and maintaining network availability.
Acting on a consumer survey, the carrier created its new ProtectantDirect.com distribution channel, which includes information on "green" driving and offers discounts for hybrid vehicles.
The Onboard Advisor fleet management application combines GE Security's NavLogix GPS technology with data from an accelerometer to provide information on how a vehicle is responding to its driver.
The Pitney Bowes Business Insight location intelligence will give Authority Suite customers visual mapping capabilities, enabling new insights into the marketplace, minimizing risk and improving strategic decision-making capabilities, Camilion claims.
Davenport's experience includes regulatory advocacy roles at JPMorgan Chase and the American Council of Life Insurers, as well as roles in the New York State Legislature.
The carrier's effort to drive streamlined processes, greater speed-to-market and broker access through the Duck Creek platform will begin in its environmental liability line of business.
The site features an educational video, simple navigation, and consumer-friendly language about Prudential Annuities Highest Daily Lifetime 6 Plus optional living benefit.
FICO IFM 3's predictive analytics-driven capabilities give insurers more power to detect fraud before payment, avoiding the "pay-and-chase" approach that many insurers take in order to remain compliant, according to the vendor.
The proactive approach of IBC'S Operational Control Center anticipates customer use issues while providing diagnostic insight to the carrier's technology architects.
The Zurich HelpPoint Wind site will provide a collection of information resources before, during and after wind events, including hurricanes, tornadoes and other windstorms.
Hurricane Bill, which may become a Category Four storm again briefly today, is predicted to drop two to six inches of rain on Bermuda before before weakening to a Category One storm approaching the Canadian Maritime coast.
Insurance IT organizations can be actuaries allies in streamlining their tasks, simplifying actuarial systems and integrating actuarial data into a carrier's enterprise risk management capabilities.
The adoption of genuine enterprise risk management (ERM) culture, methodology and technology capabilities is improving insurers' ability to pursue offensive strategies, including pricing products more effectively.
Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance has gone live on Valen's UnderRight underwriting solution in the carrier's workers' compensation business.
Latest forecasts indicate that neither the U.S. or Bermuda likely to be affected by Hurricane Bill, though Nova Scotia could feel the effects of the storm early next week, according to some scenarios.
Using a suite of NICE products -- including workforce management, call analytics and call recording applications -- Conseco has built on technical improvements in its call centers to drive a culture of quality.
Now a Category Two hurricane, Bill is expected to veer northward within the next couple of days, away from the U.S. coast but could impact Bermuda.
As Superintendent of the nationally influential New York State Department of Insurance, Wrynn will face challenges associated with consumer concerns and economic pressures on the industry, as well as the unresolved role the federal government will play in insurance regulation.
Tropical Storm Bill is predicted to become a major hurricane between 48 and 60 hours, as it moves to the northwest from a position east of the Lesser Antilles.
The solution will combine Pyxis Mobile's Configure Once, Run Anywhere capabilities and Enterprise Mobile's mobility outsourced life cycle deployment and on-going management services.
The first standardized AML message being implemented will be for professional indemnity content that includes quote, bind and close transactions for new business.
Appointment underscores the P&C insurer's stated commitment to global expansion, starting with Europe.
A Claims Workstation customer since 1997, Arbella plans to gain process and performance improvements through move to the latest version of the StoneRiver solution.
The addition of SPSS to IBM's capabilities rounds off the vendor's offering at a time when insurers are poised to invest more heavily in predictive analytics, according to industry analysts.c
The company has created an iGoogle gadget that allows participants to view key account information directly from iGoogle without accessing The Principal's Web site, as well as given participants the ability opt-in to receive e-mail or text messages.
The vendor's iGO e-App Go/No-Go feature enables Assurity Life's distributors to maintain control over electronic application submissions.
New version includes the use of customized queries to compare and contrast benefits offerings, objectives, strategies and preferences along more than 80 dimensions, such as industry, company size, region and many employee demographic factors.
Kiekhaefer has served as a consultant in areas such as market research and software usability for clients including Cisco Systems, Stanford University and various large pharmaceutical companies.
Since its May 2009 launch of the solution, the company has enjoyed a 34 percent reduction in print consumable costs.
Golub will assume his new role on Aug. 10, the same day Robert Benmosche officially takes on the president and CEO job for AIG.
Risk Management Solution's new North America earthquake risk models, which incorporate new science on ground motions, show increased loss risk in Los Angeles relative to San Francisco.
A MicroStrategy-based enterprise BI platform will afford Wawanesa personnel valuable insights into product distribution and claims processed by geographic area to better understand business performance, the vendor says.
Ericksen, who will report to New York Life CIO Eileen Slevin, will be responsible for the carrier's IT vision, strategy and planning, overseeing the enterprise architecture and engineering division within the carrier's IT organization.
The former Safeco CIO will be responsible for property/casualty IT strategy and will work with enterprise CIO Brian O'Connell to accelerate The Hartford's enterprise IT agenda.
Goverlan v7 includes a set of solutions for technical support teams, system administrators and infrastructure engineers.