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 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 November 2009

AIG, Greenberg and Smith Resolve Disputes

Under the terms of the settlement, the parties have agreed to release each other from all claims, including any claims by Greenberg and Smith against AIG for indemnification of future legal fees and expenses or settlement costs.

Saskatchewan Workers' Comp Board Implements FINEOS Claims System

The implementation of the FINEOS claims system will help WCB reduce the number of supported technologies, as well as positioning WCB's technology infrastructure to improve the electronic exchange of information with employers, care-givers and other third parties.

Novarica: More Insurance Software M&A in 2010

Renewed M&A activity in the insurance software space in the latter half of 2009 presages a plethora of deals in the coming year, according to a new report by the New York-based research and advisory firm.

Mere Efficiency Insufficient for Securing Positive Return-on-Assets

The argument about the limits of mere efficiency appear to be supported by Deloitte's report that despite major improvements in labor productivity over the last four decades, many US industries - including insurance - have experienced alarming decreases in their return-on-assets.

AAA NCNU Selects Exigen for Policy Admin and Billing

The Exigen PolicyCore and BillingCore solutions are aimed at helping AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah transition from its legacy systems and gain the systems agility needed to support rapid expansion.

Accenture/Guidewire Battle Rekindles

The latest salvos in the Accenture/Guidewire legal battle have been fired, with Accenture filing a new suit on Nov. 10 in the Delaware District Court adding to the exiting case before Judge Sue L. Robinson. Guidewire fired back the next day with a press statement alleging, in essence, that Accenture was engaging in what observers of the software industry and others have sometimes termed "competition by litigation." Accenture has now reacted to Guidewire's statement.

AIG's Benmosche Threatens to Quit

Let's say your brother-in-law nearly drove his business into the ground. You step in as an investor for the sake of the family, pouring in a significant portion of your own money into the enterprise. To punish your B-in-L for being such a good-for-nothing, you proceed cut the salaries of all the company's sales reps, even though they can command a better salary at competitors. No one in his right mind would do this, including the decision-makers of the federal government. But then they're not i

J.D. Power: Insurers' Service Can Trump Price

Happy customers are more likely to stick around, and when insurers take trouble to communicate their value proposition, those customers are more likely to stay customers even when premium prices are raised.

Virtusa Acquires InSource

Windsor, Conn.-based Insource, which provides management consulting with an IT component, will be able to expand its offerings by becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Virtusa.

DTCC Names Noonan Chief Systemic Risk Officer

Noonan will work closely with DTCC subsidiaries' direct regulators " the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the New York State Banking Department " and with regulators globally on systemic risk issues.

Mitchell Acquires Scene Genesis

Scene Genesis' offerings include SceneExchange, a Web-based marketplace that encourages open communication among all parties involved in the repair process; and SceneAccess, an end-to-end Web-based claims handling solution.

Celent Research Finds Carriers Optimistic

Celent surveyed several hundred respondents across different insurance sectors during the first, second and third quarters of 2009. When asked to assess their company's outlook from present to third quarter to a year from responding, respondents consistently reported a stable outlook growing rosier with time. While enthusiasm for the future moderated somewhat by the third quarter survey, optimism remained intact.

Regence Group Upgrades Social Media Site

The Northwest/Intermountain regional health insurer has enriched interactive capabilities to enable members using the My Community social media site to share experiences with other members.

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