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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 June 2009

Madoff Got Off Easy

Theft on a grand scale - which is what Madoff's crimes amount to - must be appreciated for the devastation it cause to lives, the destruction of time and effort that could have been spent otherwise, more easily, more joyfully, perhaps more healthfully.

The Poor Are a Goldmine

Successes in East Asia are likely to lead to expansion of offerings into places like Central Asia, Africa and Latin America. It may transpire that lessons learned from this business will translate to other market opportunities for smaller risks and those of a more temporary nature, similar to the travel insurance and car rental liability insurance markets.

Towers Perrin Debuts RiskAgility P&C V 1.2

The solution is designed to help P&C companies measure risk across their enteprise better, determine capital requirements and allocate capital to business units, as well as enabling them to develop reserve ranges, optimize reinsurance programs and measure economic performance and value creation.

Regulatory Reform: Insurance as an Afterthought

The Obama administration has neither the energy nor the inclination to budge the state regulators from their position of authority; however, a similar deference toward banking regulators on the part of the administration affirmed in principle the ability of financial institutions to choose their regulator in some circumstances.

PwC Seals BearingPoint Deal

PricewaterhouseCoopers' purchase of BearingPoint assets and hiring of its professionals bring significant insurance technology advisory capabilities, increasing the firm's bench strength in areas such as policy administration, claims, and sales and distribution.

Highmark Rolls Out Real-Time Claims Tools

Pilot begun last November shows high rates of satisfaction among providers who use the real-time claims processing and member liability estimation tools via the Highmark's NaviNet provider portal.

The Hartford Redesigns Web Site

New site includes the ability for individuals, businesses and financial professionals to set a custom landing page, providing personalized Web pages with content and tools directly related to their needs.

The New Approach to Cost-Containment

Today insurers indeed understand better the importance of technology for both supporting operations and ensuring distributors and end-customers are satisfied. They also understand that IT costs are minor compared to overall operational costs, and that IT is key to reducing operational costs while supporting acquisition and retention initiatives.

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