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 January 2010
FLEX allows for personalized delivery of sales and marketing material and products, based on client-driven process rules and individual customer profiles and combines the ability with e-signature and online execution.
Prior to joining United Heartland, Cooper served as vice president of Claim Operations & TPA at Accident Fund Insurance Company of America (Lansing, Mich.), another Accident Fund Holdings subsidiary.
Kellogg's election by the insurer's board of directors coincides with the retirement of Phillip Pope, president and CEO, effective June 30, 2010.
Aon Benefield Fac leveraged earlier AgencyPortal implementations and extended use of the platform to handle pre-negotiated facilities between ceding insurance companies and their chosen reinsurance markets and to do so for lines of insurance not before implemented by AgencyPort, the vendor reports.
The Ohio-based P&C insurer has begun implementation of business intelligence dashboards and portals for internal and external independent distributor partners.
The five-year agreement will enable Conseco to reduce expenses and achieve additional flexibility in the management of the two large legacy applications, according to the vendor.
The new version of ClaimCenter features Claims Performance Monitoring, a visual display of claim health metrics that gives single-click, real-time access to actionable information to claims personnel users at all levels in a consistent and easy-to-use manner, according to the vendor.
Gillen will work to enhance Zurich's claims proposition in support of its global marine specialty practice, and enhance claims capabilities in support of Zurich's marine business.
While other life insurance companies were tanking and laying people off, Jackson was holding course and hiring. In fact, hiring will be a high priority for Jackson's IT and operations organizations in the coming year.
The death of proposed reform legislation in Washington could mean more rather than less regulation for the insurance industry but is unlikely to change the course of IT investment influenced by longer-term reform considerations.
Content for the site will include tweets on the perennial Boston Marathon sponsor's partnership with the Boston Athletic Association, the John Hancock Elite Athlete Program, its non-profit Bib Program, Employee Running and Fundraising Program, Marathon community initiatives, and additional Boston Marathon sponsorship news and information.
FAConnect provides a choice of global markets and is designed for high-volume transactions, where frictional costs have traditionally made it uneconomical for intermediaries to participate in the sector.
The GuaranteesMatter site uses rich media to contexualize the financial crisis, emphasize historical strength of mutuals and suggest solutions for addressing lowered 401(k) balances and other financial protection concerns.
The www.GetMoreWithMultilifeLTC.com site include information and tools to help brokers and consultants navigate through the employer-sponsored LTC insurance benefits planning process.
1st Guard's TRUCKER1 application for the iPhone includes claims reporting capabilities and a variety of self-service functions for customers as well as a suite of functions useful to all truckers.
Within the last 165 years, 3,503 deaths have been attributed to tsunamis across the Caribbean, from Haiti to Venezuela, according to the NOAA.
This time the insurance industry responded with charity, but the next Caribbean earthquake could require a massive claims response, given the region’s seismic hazard.
Paradex U.S. Earthquake combines ground shaking data from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ShakeMaps with industry exposure data to calculate insured loss estimates.
Little news has emerged of further damage, but as reporter Robert Dougherty darkly noted in a spirit of concern for Haitians' plight, the event "can't be as bas as last week's quake, since there's much less to destroy now."
Craig Lowenthal was hired by New York Marine and General Insurance Company to build up the carrier's IT organization and replace its legacy system.
The life and annuities carrier follows up top IT/operations promotions with the appointment of four IT vice presidents and a new VP and AVP in operations.
Working in close partnership with operations, Jackson National Life's CIO seeks to meet intensifying broker-dealer demands and drive 'explosive growth' while controlling costs.
The Northwestern Mutual-branded application, designed to reach young professionals and college students, invites users to dress themselves using a variety of apparel options, with ample possibilities for humor.
The $500,000 contract for Kofax's MarkView solution aims at consistent, efficient, cost effective and timely processing of invoices from receipt through payment.
FARA describes its online MRCE product as a low-cost, reliable means of transmitting Non-Group health plan data to Medicare to comply with MMSEA Section 111 laws regarding Medicare Mandatory Insurer Reporting.
Using the recently deployed Bazaarvoice Ratings & Reviews, members can rate different plans using a five-star scale to measure overall satisfaction, customer service, value, doctor access, prescription drug coverage, and whether or not the plan is easy to use and understand.
MCN's key product area is exchanges for pension and annuities, among a wide array of IT products and services, including specialized enterprise integration products, e-business transactional portals and specialized consulting, implementation and support services to the insurance industry in Latin America.
The ClusterSeven solution can help IBM Cognos users to more effectively manage spreadsheets across the insurance enterprise, delivering greater transparency for management and compliance purposes.
The former Duck Creek executive will be responsible for driving the distribution-focused vendor's growth in North America.
The Patient Ally portal enables members to connect with physicians offices for a variety of interactions, including arranging online "e-visit" consultations, viewing lab results and immunization records, and ordering prescription refills.
Lawson seeks to combine what it calls its leading position in providing enterprise software to healthcare organizations with Healthvision's capabilities in order to enable Lawson to connect multiple source systems and provide healthcare providers with quick access to clinical, financial and operational information reliably and securely, regardless of the source system.
The Hartford Financial Services Group's board of directors confers new role in recognition of McGee's performance to date as chairman and chief executive officer.
Employing both the image and the broad humor of the insurer's notorious duck mascot, Aflac's new site features bright colors, clean design and video "duckumentaries" to engage and inform users.
During the previous five months, Dulka had served as interim leader of Allianz Life's infrastructure and application maintenance team, where he successfully managed the company's strategic outsourcing contracts.
Genpact will provide customer service-related solutions in select geographic locations to the joint venture company of New York Life and Max India.
Built on FileTek's Trusted Edge information processing software, the product combines e-mail classification, archive workflows and automated records declaration, according to a Laserfiche source.
The Miami-based carrier plans to go live with the P&C industry-specific, SaaS-delivered solution early this year.
The iPipeline intelligent fillable forms will supply e-signature and e-submission capabilities across a global sales territory encompassing 49 states and locations in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Rim.
Crandall, who joined MassMutual in 1988, succeeds Stuart H. Reese, who will serve as non-executive chairman of the board of directors.
Relaunch of main Web site includes a rich-Internet life event application that steers consumers to products that correspond to the financial needs associated with changing life circumstances.