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 February 2010
Originally scheduled for an April 2010 go-live, Ag Workers got its Insuresoft Diamond .NET policy administration system ahead of a revised Jan. 2010 date.
Together the companies provide producer licensing and compliance automation services to state regulators, insurance companies, agencies, and individual producers
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.
Lloyd's has also extended its use of Broadridge's solutions through a SWIFT messaging bureau service that is newly available to Tarot users. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
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.
Letter invites insurer CEOs and NAIC leaders to attend a March 3 meeting to discuss the insurance companies' premiums.
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.
A 28-year veteran of the international consulting firm, Sullivan has an extensive background in management systems and performance measurement.
The Zurich and Hartford veteran will will be responsible for all product development, underwriting standards, pricing processes and compliance for Main Street America's full portfolio of commercial lines products and coverages.
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.
SSP developed and implemented an entire insurance solution encompassing a fully customized Web front-end and the configuration and implementation of the S4i back-office application for the Australian market, within 12 months, the vendor claims.
Rockford Mutual has enjoyed increased efficiency and reduced costs within its claims department following the deployment of AcroSoft tools from Interactive Intelligence.
SunGard is the latest addition to LIMRA's strategic partnership program, which makes product and service offerings available to LIMRA member companies worldwide.
After successfully implementing the first release, for workers' compensation, Sentry selected Accenture to implement a second release of the application for Sentry's commercial lines claims, which included auto, general liability and property insurance.
The White House's announcement comes in the wake of proposed rate hikes of up to 39 percent by WellPoint's Anthem Blue Cross subsidiary operating in the California market.
As market improves, IT vendors serving the insurance industry will benefit from assistance in building effective teams, the staffing company's strategists believe.
WPU will use the Decision Maker (DM) Rating Enterprise toolset to enable business users to model, manage and analyze rates for all lines of business across all states.
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 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.
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.
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.
Indiana Farm Bureau has chosen Thunderhead NOW over its existing Oracle Documerge solution due to NOW's XML-based design and support for service-oriented architecture, according to the vendor.
Ohio National will use CSC's Wealth Management Accelerator for life insurance policy and annuity administration; the carrier will use CSC's Insurance Optics Business Analytics to access and analyze commission and policy information.
Genworth will deploy the short form of iGO e-App for Drop Ticket for its Colony Term UL products in all states, seeking to ease distributor access to the underserved "Main Street" market.
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.
New VP for infrastructure and application maintenance Andy Dulka emphasizes partnership management, teamwork and agility in support of product, service and the demands of M&A.
The MedeAnalytics Claims Transparency solution supports BSC's successful Partnership in Operational Excellence and Transparency (POET) program.
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.
My Harleysville Life Link provides agents and employers with the means for making policy changes, as well as the capability to download billing statements, forms, employee certificates, policies, and other company information.
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.
The former Saybrus Partners executive will co-lead the sales organization with Ron Herrmann, The Hartford's regional vice president of the eastern region of the country, and will report to executive vice president Brian D. Murphy.
Denver facility will feature claim handling, policy processing, a call center as well as billing and collections.
Cunningham will succeed John Albano, following the latter's decision to take on a part time role in order to pursue outside interests.
The insurer will use iPipeline's Web-based solution for needs analysis, advanced sales and Illustrations to both Property and Casualty and Life Insurance agencies.
Selective Insurance Group's IT organization supports the carrier's high-tech/high-touch approach to distributor relationships with judicious planning and a focus on execution.
Named EVP, Finance, Risk and Investments, Hancock will oversee finance, risk, audit, investments, strategic planning, and AIG Financial Products Corp.
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.
Facing a negative outlook, carriers are investing in IT to shore up their customer base, prepare for an evolving regulatory compliance regime and find customer retention and find new sources of efficiency.
The new, integrated application for managing internal audits fulfills the needs of all senior officers charged with governance, risk and compliance responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.
Bithell will oversee the continued alignment of the company's underwriting strategy, processes and methodology across several business units.