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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 July 2008

Telematics Resurgence Predicted

Many social commentators claim that technology has already killed privacy and we just haven't noticed yet. As we begin to notice, will we be ready for Pay As You Drive? Will tough economic times push careful drivers over the Pay As You Drive edge? Will parents wanting to monitor their teen drivers be the thin end of the wedge?

Rethinking Policy Admin Replacement

Despite the welcome availability of newer systems built on more open architecture, the industry mindset is still stuck on the "monolithic" mode. Carrier business and IT execs still think in terms of policy administration rather than the specific capabilities they need.

Gore Mutual Delivers Continuous Improvement to Distributors

Gore Mutual debated the relative merits of a "Big Bang" approach to development of GoBroker which would deliver a large bunch of functionality at once compared to a phased approach that would bring functionality incrementally but more quickly in response to broker requests.

Fiserv Refocuses

The insurance technology vendor world keeps making news, this week with the announcement that Fiserv will sell a majority share in its insurance businesses. While the announcement came too early to validate arguments that Oracle's and EDS' recent moves would heat up vendor consolidation, it does reinforce the notion that investors have confidence that insurance companies will continue to spend liberally on technology.

The Hazards of Estimating Hazards

It may be too much to expect the public to understand the hard/soft market cycle but one would think that the public might start to take a more rational view of risk when viewed in the context of climate change. Perhaps the CAT model vendors should seek an endorsement from Al Gore...

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