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 December 2009
The implementation follow's the carrier's earlier deployment of DecisionMaker for Workers' Compensation.
The My Rate program postpones the customer costs associated with telemetry devices and gives drivers a way to monitor their driving behavior in order to modify their habits in a way that will secure them a better rate upon renewal.
ABFSG will use the Teradata product to enable the gathering of insights for all of the company's sales, marketing and customer service-related business units.
The haste with which this morning's vote was forced, and with which the dominant party is seeking to end debate about healthcare reform legislation could result in popular backlash of a kind not seen in a long time, suggests Jay Cost in an essay titled "Democrats Risk Another Jacksonian Moment," published at RealClearPolitics' HorseRace Blog today. "
Consumer Health Technologies' HealthMall portal gives health insurers' customers access to various healthcare products and services from online pharmacies and vendors, such as Walgreens, drugstore.com and CoastalContacts.com.
The Lansing, Mich.-based insurer also announced the promotion of Laura Prieskorn to senior vice president and chief administrative officer.
The carrier's eZsign settlement option allows customers to receive documents via e-mail rather than a mailing process that can take longer than a week.
Tanya Krochta will focus on improving support to the standards body's membership through improved service.
The Florida Office's statement admits that it had been asking the unreasonable by saying that the deal will allow "State Farm Florida to remain a viable insurer in the Florida market."
The carrier uses Imaginatik's Idea Central collaboration software for idea management, new product development and cost-reduction initiatives, according to an Imaginatik press release.
The former West Bend Mutual CIO will be responsible for all IT functions supporting Aviva's U.S. life and annuity business.
If there is a positive to the challenges faced by the insurance industry in 2009, it's that new technology approaches have enjoyed some validation. Members of I&T's Reader Advisory Board offer insight into their organizations' IT strategies for 2010.
Continuing economic uncertainty has spurred rather than hobbled technology investment, as insurance IT organizations seek to support competitive distinction through superior underwriting, pricing and customer-facing capabilities.
Interactive Intelligence's Customer Interaction Center currently supports FirstCare's 50 contact center employees located in Lubbock, Texas; the health insurer plans to deploy a redundant CIC configuration as part of its disaster recovery strategy.
Guidewire describes the contract a milestone in its European and U.K. growth strategy.
The leading Irish actuarial firm's management and staff will remain intact under its new name of Milliman Ireland.
The ConsumerEdge offering includes reporting and analytics tools, as well as a dynamic plan selection tool that educates consumers about different health insurance plan options and makes plan suggestions based on their preferences.
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has launched IFT Access for online transaction processing services.
The underwriting system is aimed at enabling insurers and agents to comply with the requirement to verify applicant information that was established by the Ministry of Finance in Israel to encourage more effective underwriting and fraud prevention.
ATTUS will offer BCBS companies either WatchDOG Pro, its web-based watch list checking solution, or its desktop counterpart, WatchDOG WinPro for OFAC, OIG and EPLS, and USA PATRIOT Act compliance.
Expanded onshore consulting, risk management and back office actuarial services answer an industry trend toward scarcity of actuarial expertise.
CNA CIO Ray Oral is directing increased IT spending to areas such as systems consolidation and analytics for distribution and underwriting decision support.
New appointments for several senior executives will expand the influence of executive talent over the enterprise, says Sun Life CEO Donald Stewart.
The new release will provide enhanced performance capabilities, owing to new efficiencies designed into EXAMPLE Platform 4.1's core infrastructure, according to the vendor.