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How Obvious Are Passwords?
July 26, 2010 @ 10:13 AM | By Nathan Golia

At the risk of being known as the "question-title guy" for blog entries, I read about this password-cracking site and found myself wondering what data security experts think about the way we devise passwords.

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Insurers React to Financial Reform Signing
July 21, 2010 @ 12:24 PM | By Nathan Golia

President Obama made financial reform a reality today when he signed the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul bill.

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Show Me the Proof (of Concept): Easing the Risk of Policy Admin Migration
July 20, 2010 @ 08:27 AM | By Christine Hintze

since policy administration systems are core to an insurer's operations and replacing them introduces more risk than perhaps any other IT project, it is prudent for insurers to go beyond the traditional selection process and undertake a "proof of capability."

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Insurance Implications of IBM's $100M Health IT Program
July 16, 2010 @ 10:00 AM | By Nathan Golia

IBM has announced a three-year, $100 million health IT initiative, InformationWeek reports. In addition to developing solutions for doctors and hospitals, IBM is working with the National Account Service Company (NASCO) on a health insurance component.

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AIG's Benmosche Wins Showdown With Chairman Harvey Golub
July 15, 2010 @ 12:25 PM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Golub's public criticism of Benmosche eventually precipitated the latter's saying to the board that the CEO/chairman relationship had become ""ineffective and unsustainable." Golub cited Benmosche's sentiments in a letter of resignation hand-delivered yesterday afternoon to George Miles, chairman of AIG's governance committee.

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Are People Really Not Putting Their IPhones in Cases?
July 15, 2010 @ 10:21 AM | By Nathan Golia

Read this article over at InformationWeek this morning and remained baffled.

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Carriers Should Heed Advantages of Personal Health Record Over Institution-Centric Alternatives
July 13, 2010 @ 10:49 AM | By Christine Hintze

For providers and payers of medical services, relying on PHR is about the difference between utilizing resources for unnecessary diagnosis and intervention, and the opportunity to pursue quality, efficient, and economically appropriate care - from first responders to fast track triage at emergency departments.

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Online Transactions Drive Need for Improved IT Performance
July 12, 2010 @ 09:56 AM | By Christine Hintze

The need and value of implementing an application transaction management approach, combined with real-time detection for IT components comprising business transactions, is inevitable and has proven to be invaluable.

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Oracle Octopus Better Than Predictive Modeling
July 09, 2010 @ 10:38 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

Gary Jenkins, an economist with London's Evolution Securities, hedged his market analysis note on Friday, conceding "unless Paul says differently." - from an Associated Press article.

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Getting Your Share of the Software Acquisition Budget
July 07, 2010 @ 17:42 PM | By Christine Hintze

There is value in automating employment application tracking, balancing the books, or reducing the cycle time of the claim process, but it must be expressed in clear cost benefit analysis (CBA) to support software acquisition. Business benefits can augment a CBA for these departments, but they will not stand on their own.

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Actuarial Army: Numbers and Technology Will Transform the Discipline Within a Decade
July 07, 2010 @ 11:19 AM | By Anthony O'Donnell

The impact of 10,000 new actuaries (this year alone) in a technologically liberated and influential role within insurance companies is hard to underestimate. However, one likely change it is likely to bring, Fitzgerald argues, is that the actuarial function itself will evolve to a "multi-source, onshore/offshore...model."

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Study: Indian Healthcare Industry Ready to Spend on IT
July 01, 2010 @ 12:23 PM | By Nathan Golia

India's healthcare industry plans to spend more than $250 million on IT in 2010, according to a study by New York-based consultancy Access Markets International Partners. The study was mostly focused on hospitals and healthcare providers, but there are some implications for insurance as well.

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