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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 February 2010

Sircon Renews Partnership with NIPR

Together the companies provide producer licensing and compliance automation services to state regulators, insurance companies, agencies, and individual producers

Pacific Life Promotes Senior Tech Execs, Others

Philip Teeter has been named SVP, technology for the carrier's annuities and mutual funds division; and Dawn Trautman has been promoted to SVP, IT and strategic planning, life insurance.

DALBAR: Insurer EOBs Continue to Confuse Consumers

A small number of innovative health insurers — including Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield, CIGNA, and Humana —'buck the tradition of incomprehensible customer communications, according to the third party evaluator.

CIGNA Invests $150k In Tennessee EMR Initiative

The Middle Tennessee eHealth Connect initiative is aimed at allowing health care professionals in its health information network access to patient electronic medical records (EMRs) in one safe, secure location.

Trizetto Launches Electronic Personal Health Record

The vendor expects payer-based personal health records (PHRs) to "vault ahead" of provider-based electronic health records (EHRs) or electronic medical records (EMRs) because of health insurance carriers central location in the healthcare supply chain.

SunGard, LIMRA Form Strategic Partnership

SunGard is the latest addition to LIMRA's strategic partnership program, which makes product and service offerings available to LIMRA member companies worldwide.

Frank Coyne Elected to Underwriters Laboratories Board of Trustees

The Verisk Analytics and ISO chairman, president and CEO also served as executive vice president for Kemper Insurance Companies' specialty and risk management groups, as well as having held roles within the U.S. Treasury Department, Universal Underwriters Group, Reliance Insurance Company and PMA Insurance Company.

CargoNet: Expanding the Significance of Insurance Data

CargoNet functions as a symbiotic network of law enforcement, insurance companies and the industries implicated in the shipment of goods, namely transportation, manufacturing and retail. CargoNet provides the first national network for the reporting and circulation of information about cargo thefts in order to both facilitate recovery and to mitigate shipment risks.

CNA Adopts CargoNet

CargoNet provides a central database and related functionality that enables the immediate reporting of cargo theft to law enforcement professionals nationally, as well as secure and confidential information sharing among other concerned parties.

Sunshine State Extends BPO Relationship With CSC

The six-year contract will add support for the insurer's personal and commercial property business from an upgraded technology platform to existing processing services supporting Sunshine State's underwriting, rating policy issuance and administration and other functions.

Zurich Japan Deploys Guidewire ClaimCenter

Under the internal name of Z-Trust, ClaimCenter currently processes Zurich Japan's auto and motorcycle claims and will be extended to other lines of business in subsequent deployment phases.

Accenture Launches Risk Management Consulting Practice

By leveraging the consulting firm's broad risk management capabilities, the service aims to provide clients with information that supports advanced decision making and early warning solutions that can detect emerging threats and opportunities.

Connecture Partners with MedicareCRM

The partnership will enable Connecture and MedicareCRM to offer customers an integrated solution via a series of real-time integration points between their online software platform.

Humana Appoints Roy Goldman VP, Chief Actuary

Goldman, who has served in actuarial and financial management roles at Geisinger Health Systems, Mercy Health Plans, and Prudential Health Care Group, will report to James H. Bloem, Humana's senior vice president and chief financial officer.

enherent and G4S Compliance Deliver Fraud Mitigation Solution

The Polaris solution enables companies in the insurance industry to detect fraud earlier and more accurately by quickly analyzing large volumes of text as well as structured data associated with insurance claims, according to the vendor partners.

Chubb Expands Online Inland Marine Capabilities

The u.writer system now features broader underwriting parameters to permit more business to be processed online, and can be accessed by Chubb-appointed wholesale brokers as well as independent agents.

SOTU and State of Health Insurance Reform

Reform may come in a series of bills rather than a single, big game-changer, suggests Paul Keckley of Deloitte. "I would not be surprised that health insurance plans will face regulatory changes addressing things like pre-existing conditions, guaranteed issue, lifetime limits and even interstate competition," he comments.

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