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Solved: Healthcare, All Of It
July 31, 2009 @ 12:01 PM | By Nathan Conz

Next week, we'll be running a series of contributed articles that offer various perspectives on Health IT. But it hardly seems necessary now, after John Hodgman (probably best know as "PC" in Apple's "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC" ad campaign) solved all of our nation's healthcare problems in a recent segment on the Daily Show:

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (July 26-Aug. 1, 2009)
July 31, 2009 @ 11:31 AM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (July 26-August 1, 2009):

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Youth, Social Networking, and The "Deification of Imbecility"
July 24, 2009 @ 12:13 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

However, this inexorable wave of change sweeps us along, it might be fun to cast a gimlet eye upon upon youth-driven change. At least that's what Nathan Conz - incidentally I&T's most youthful editor - seems to think. Nate offers us all a welcome friday chuckle with Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson's wry take on youth-driven commercial culture as the "deification of imbecility" and the reason "everything sucks."

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Those Darn Kids
July 24, 2009 @ 11:32 AM | By Nathan Conz

The Late Late Show's Craig Ferguson delivered a cold open monologue earlier this week on a marketing culture that values youth over experience. Is it insurance or technology related? Well, probably not, but it could be relatable to an industry striving to reach the youngest generations through new distribution channels like the TwitterBook and the MyTunes...

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (July 19-25)
July 24, 2009 @ 11:13 AM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (July 19-25, 2009):

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Rapid Change Threatens Traditional Life Insurance Distribution Strategies
July 23, 2009 @ 12:29 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Just as insurers prepared for OFC will gain market share from those who are not, companies that effectively leverage online mechanism will eat the lunch of the stodgier companies who fail to invest in the necessary technology enablement.

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The Future of Insurance Sales and Distribution
July 22, 2009 @ 18:27 PM | By Christine Hintze

By Greg Webber, President, Insurance Systems, SunGard Recently, one of my children graduated from university, which led to one of those typical (father to son) financial responsibility discussions. In this case, we were talking about the need for him to purchase his own automobile insurance.

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A New Policy Administration Paradigm: Synthesizing Agility and Cost Savings
July 21, 2009 @ 12:04 PM | By Christine Hintze

Insurers must devise a strategy to create a policy administration infrastructure that takes a more holistic view of product development and provides a flexible environment for product support - ensuring a more agile and cost-effective insurance product management process.

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The SaaS Revolution and Insurance Distribution: Using SaaS-based Distribution Platforms
July 20, 2009 @ 09:14 AM | By Christine Hintze

SaaS offers insurance companies the opportunity to make some real improvements to their distribution channels, with faster returns and lower up-front investments than ever before. It is, however, still more than a simple flip of a switch. A successful implementation still depends on getting the basics right and being aware of what new challenges need to be addressed.

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (July 12-18)
July 17, 2009 @ 09:33 AM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (July 12-18, 2009):

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What Hockey Gloves and IT Security Have In Common
July 15, 2009 @ 11:21 AM | By Nathan Conz

Quite some time ago, I wrote a blog post about my pinky finger, which was shattered by an opponent's stick during an ice hockey game a couple years prior. I discussed my experiences dealing with the various doctors and physical therapists I worked with to repair the valuable appendage and how an EHR of some sort could have helped streamline the process.

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Good Planning Can Help IT benefit from an IFRS Implementation
July 14, 2009 @ 12:03 PM | By Christine Hintze

Implementation of globally accepted accounting standards will require significant changes in business processes and systems in order to amend accounting treatment and satisfy reporting requirements.

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (July 5-11)
July 10, 2009 @ 11:20 AM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (July 5-11, 2009):

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Forecast Cloudy: Chrome, Cloud Computing and the Google/Microsoft Rivalry
July 10, 2009 @ 11:13 AM | By Kathy Burger

The big technology buzz this week has been around Google's Chrome operating system, positioned as an open source, cloud computing-based alternative to Microsoft's Windows platform.

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Honor Roll: This Week's Top Insurance Blogs (June 28-July 4)
July 02, 2009 @ 11:51 AM | By Nathan Conz

Our favorite insurance technology-related blog posts from around the Web (June 28-July 4, 2009):

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The Claims Technology Opportunity
July 01, 2009 @ 11:24 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

The one area where both growth and efficiency objectives can be pursued to maximum effect is claims. The impact of claims overshadows that of any other customer interaction. Yes, consistently poor service will undermine customer retention, but the most important interaction between carrier and customer is the claim. Claims is also a tremendous cost center, in terms of what it takes to run a claims operation as well as the impact of claims leakage.

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