Although computer technologies have been applied to improve productivity in vast arenas of the American economy, the insurance industry had-until now-limited access to technologies designed to improve the productivity of its highly mobile claims adjusters.Legacy systems in this market are costly and require intense IT support. Even then, they do not address the unique needs of this mobile workforce. Adjusters are rarely stationary: They are in the field moving from site to site and do not have the leisure to write their reports comfortably.

The advent of laptop PCs and PDAs with WiFi and/or landline secure connectivity to corporate Web sites-along with new software technologies-enables insurers to improve the productivity of this workforce.

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