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 March 2011
An international consortium including Swiss Re, Guy Carpenter and Mercy Corps has created what it calls a scalable, innovative model to combat the financial impact of natural disasters for Haitians.
We're getting ready to select this year's Elite 8 insurance technology executives, and welcome help from our reader base.
Without a major investment in software, Prudential Annuities has enabled continued growth of its unique variable annuity products with complex risk management and living benefit guarantees.
Allianz is already looking to develop a version of Stanford University researchers' virtual technology that has been shown to encourage the saving impulse in young people who see a simulation of their older self.
The Michigan-based workers' compensation carrier anticipates reductions in the time required for quoting, binding and issuing endorsements certificates and renewals.
As Unirisx's first deal with a tier-one carrier, both Unrisx and the the SaaS delivery model gain credibility.
A unique combination of technology and state-of-the-art functionality distinguishes Torus' broker portal in the excess casualty business, the carrier asserts.
RACQI's selection of the Guidewire product suite is a key element in a plan to rapidly transition the Guidewire ClaimCenter customer's group enterprise technology platform, following a buy out of a joint venture partner that had provided core system support and IT services.
CoreSource will provide a comprehensive range of administrative services, including billing, administration and claims, formerly provided by Principal Financial Group.
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based super regional carrier's head of claims and integrated customer solutions is partnering with IT and external technology providers to achieve consistency, efficiency and improved service.
The new release of the Java-based system includes enhanced configuration tools that allow carriers to easily create their own rules or use one of the hundreds pre-built into the system, according to the vendor.
Advisen asserts that the collaboration will allow both companies to further develop technologies and solutions for offering increasing amounts of structured data to suppliers, buyers and brokers of commercial insurance and reinsurance.
On May 1 Kandarian, currently MetLife's chief investment officer, will succeed C. Robert Henrikson, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board through 2011.
New York Life today added $100,000 to several large donations made by insurance carriers over the past week.
The Bermuda-based specialty international direct and reinsurance underwriter demurred from publishing an estimate on the March 11 Japan earthquake owing to limited information and significant remaining uncertainties.
The U.K.-based auto insurer will use FICO insurance fraud models, business rules and link analysis to catch more fraud while maintaining superior customer service.
It will take more than the terrible tragedy convulsing Japan, according to Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, who predict only pockets of price hardening.
Montoya will maintain service standards, develop network strategy, and establish and maintain provider relationships.
Japanese government coverage limits insurers' and reinsurers losses, but the industry needs to take a close look at the reliability of its CAT models.
The waves generated on American shores by the March 11 Sendai earthquake may have been mild compared to those striking Japan, but history shows that tsunamis pose a deadly threat on the eastern shores of the Pacific.
Little damage expected in the U.S. from the Japan quake, but West Coast states' tsunami response plans will be tested.
Insurers must come to grips with an ever-changing and diversified consumer population at a time of accelerated change, driven largely by technology.
The new customer relationship management module includes collaboration, workflow and diary items for insurance companies.
The Hartford's Technology Architecture Replacement (TAR) project seeks to drive customer loyalty through understanding their needs, studying drivers of satisfaction, identifying opportunities to improve, and acting on feedback.
The head of the Illinois Department of Insurance is well-equipped to represent both the merits of the existing state-based regime and also the legitimate concerns of insurance companies.
Major global insurance carriers seek to move beyond saturated traditional markets to emerging economies but need to adapt IT and telecommunications capabilities to take advantage of the high-volume, low-value microinsurance market.