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 2001
Last month's scramble to fend off and respond to the latest computer virus showed the Web is risky. But experts stress avoiding the Internet is riskier still.
Booz-Allen & Hamilton's 2001 eInsurance Study notes "explosive growth" in insurance Web site activity and points to ways carriers can maximize their e-commerce efforts through making sites stickier and building partnerships with online distributors.
eHealthInsurance will be the exclusive provider of individual, family and small
business health insurance policies through CNBC on MSN Money; PrudentialFinancial is deploying Passlogix's v-GO Single Sign-On solution; new Swiss Re Sigma Study
finds cheaper and more effective distribution channels are opening up and China and India are driving regional growth.
Vignette Corp. has inked a contract with TIAA-CREF to provide applications for the redesign of the carrier's enterprise-wide intranet. The pact is the third insurance contract announced by Vignette in the past
week, joining deals with PacifiCare Health Systems and American International Underwriters (AIU).
The Consumer Federation of America warns consumers seeking life insurance coverage that the Web may not be the best place to look; Internet sales of stand-alone term insurance is making progress in the UK, according to a survey by GE Frankona Re; Chordiant incorporates Marketswitch's Marketing Optimizer technology into its suite of products.
The Hartford's IT College addresses the career and professional development demands of tech professionals while providing valuable resources on distribution of training assets.
Once avant garde, component-based development may now be going from mainstream to mandatory.
Xerox solution takes burden off call center and establishes a beachhead in the conquest of paperless operations for New York-based health insurer.
As the tech-savvy Generation Y matures, online sales are bound to rise. But for now, stresses a TowerGroup study, insurers should focus e-commerce efforts on "e-services."
Cross-border players can benefit from financial communications network.
Risk Management Solutions got unanimous approval on all criteria from
the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology for a
new storm set methodology in its US hurricane model. The new storm set
captures the full lifetime track and central pressure of each simulated
UnumProvident Corp. expands its sales support center to include support for large multi-life sales; Hartford Life goes live with an Internet-based annuity sales platform powered by AnnuityNet; paperless solution for annuity contract distribution is implemented by MetLife Investors Group, working with Docucorp.