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 March 2009
Built around a J2EE server, the latest version of DocFinity includes enterprise-class business process management (BPM) and workflow tools with unprecedented power and speed, as well as products for data capture, email management, and records management, the vendor claims.
PolicyCenter implementation has enabled Sentry to optimizes sales, underwriting and policy administration operations while improving service to policyholders, according to the insurer.
The latest version of the Keane SCORE SaaS product automates measurement, management and monitoring for governance, risk and compliance.
The 2009 version of Best's Financial Suite-Reinsurance, including Best's Schedule F and Best's Schedule S, tracks insurers ceding or assuming risk and is available via the BestLink online data retrieval service or on CD-ROM.
EagleEye Analytics' Insight solution will allow the Boston-based P&C insurer to implement superior underwriting, pricing and marketing strategies across all lines of business, the vendor claims.
Unitrin will be the first customer of Exceed J, which provides a path to new technology to current users of the tier-one P&C carrier policy admin system.
Despite the gloom that has consumed the financial services industry, most insurance companies remain bullish on technology investment and many are looking to build out policy admin capabilities to position themselves for growth as the economy emerges from the recession.
Virtual Filing System includes a document storage assessment, scanning technology, software, set-up and user training.
Speaking before the House Financial Services Committee, Geithner was forthright about the need for systemic risk regulation but his comments on optional federal charter were subject to interpretation.
Known as LouHIE, the Louisville initiative will differ from other health information exchanges in that consumers will control what parts of their personal health information will be shared with which parties.
Ed Zore will add Chairman and board member to his CEO duties. Northwestern Mutual announced the reappointment of several executive vice presidents, and has named Jean Maier new Head of IS as Greg Oberland takes responsibility for investment products and services.
Secretary Geithner's statement makes explicit what many observers have insisted was inevitable. His comment is less "a shot across the bow" at this point than a statement of the obvious. And the fact that proponents of optional federal charter (OFC) have already muted their emphasis on the word "optional" shows that the message, implied or otherwise, had already begun to sink in.
Online insurance aggregator's site provides information, tools and other resources designed to be useful to consumers, who can access information organized by demographic group or product type.
Insurer expects intelligent fillable forms solution to increase sales efficiency by streamlining life insurance product processing for its distributors.
The prospect of federal regulatory intervention has reignited traditional tensions, but the March 17 hearing of the Senate Banking Committee inaugurated a lengthy process wherein forces beyond the insurance industry will determine its regulatory fate.
Several eruptions have begun to rain ash on Alaska's Susitna Valley, prompting an ash advisory from the National Weather Service and stepped-up preparations by Zurich/Farmers.
Web-based Guidewire BillingCenter will replace multiple, disparate systems, reduce manual processes and improve service capabilities, according to the vendor.
The vendor's Health Smart Enhanced Provider Directory and Measure Exchange solutions will be used to enable the insurer's employer customers to provide information to their employees.
AudaUpdate eliminates the need to update vehicle part prices and labor databases through traditional, DVD-based manual processes, according to the vendor.
New York Life's industry-leading mobile access strategy combines a conservative 'non-iPhone' approach to content presentation with an aggressive expansion of functionality.
Many have fanned the flames of hysteria against AIG by scapegoating the company, despite the possibility of harm to the company's employees and its fortunes. One such person is Rep. Barney Frank, who attempted to brow-beat Ed Liddy in Washington, despite the fact that Liddy has took on the enormous burden of managing AIG after the company's crash without asking for any meaningful compensation. Frank's behavior is all the more absurd given that the public now holds an 80 percent share in the comp
The new, ACORD-compliant messaging service is based on the imarket electronic trading network for the UK company market that IBM built and has run since 2003.
Internet site Gawker claims leaked memorandum includes advice on responding to perceived threats and personal security recommendations.
Former Camilion Solutions executive will have responsibility for sales in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
NDEDIC has begun to focus on driving real-time transactions among its participants and ensuring the participation of dental insurance stakeholders in the development of personal health records.
INGCompareMe is designed to inspire investment in financial products and services based on users' comparing their financial status to similar individuals.
The vendors will collaborate in the areas of professional services to provide implementation, integration and deployment services for Camilion's Authority Suite policy administration solution.
Frank Keating of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) argued the need for a federal insurance regulator, while John T. Hill of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) said his organization supported a reformed state-based system.
Northwestern's Lifespan calculator balances credibility and simplicity, and is presented in a low-key but attractive style. For all that, it could be described as just another need-analysis tool among many. What is interesting is the insurer's press release's indirect incitement to circulate the calculator through social networking
Symantec technology powers security solution that reduces the risk of data loss and its associated compliance reputational and bottom-line risk.
Former CGI and Collaborative Consulting executive brings thought leadership to growing analyst firm.
Insurance CIOs may have less to worry than those in other industries, but for those looking for a CIO spot, it could be a tough time to find a job. On the other hand, given the inclination to spend and the reluctance to hire, now may be a better time to find consulting gigs.
Insurer builds on recent Web 2.0 capabilities to provide online access to information and services for consumers and agents.
The Alineo platform will facilitate BCBSMN's Whole Person Health Support initiative, which aims at identifying opportunities to improve members' health status and reduce healthcare costs.
Other Selective Insurance Group officer appointments include Debra Wilber's promotion to senior vice president of corporate claims.
Illinois Representative's statements call into question whether a proposed federal charter would be optional. OFC opponents circulate statements by governors, attorneys general.
Group of 10 commercial lines IT professionals, including CIO Todd Ellis, will split $216 million jackpot.
California-based insurer signs multi-year contract extension and migrates to Mitchell WorkCenter physical damage claims processing solution.
Solution developed by ISO subsidiaries Xactware and AIR Worldwide utilizes building-cost data available in widely used Xactware system.
Algorithmics portfolio replication capabilities will help Pacific Life speed the creation of economic capital figures and support more precise and efficient allocation of capital, in line with anticipated Solvency II requirements.
The windstorms left by Hurricane Ike resulted in tweaks to Kentucky Farm Bureau's business continuity planning that left the Louisville-based carrier better prepared to deal with the rigors of the January 2009 ice storm.