SERVICE OFFERS FASTER POLICY COMPLIANCEA new service from e-know Inc., an Arlington, Va.-based provider of services and technology solutions for management initiatives, is designed to help companies complete policy compliance initiatives in two weeks or less. The e-know policy compliance solutions are Web-accessible, and automate the outbound communication, response collection, aggregation, analysis and reporting for compliance efforts. They are completely maintained by e-know, eliminating the need for external resources. Customers can choose to execute one policy for a fixed fee, or execute all their policies within a specified time.

ALLEGIENT ADDS BI TO EXPENSE MANAGEMENT SUITE

Allegient Systems, a Wilton, Conn., provider of legal expense and performance management software and services, introduced Version 5.2 of its Expense and Performance Management Suite litigation management and legal bill review solution. The release contains business intelligence as part of the core product, taking advantage of the transactional data Allegient has gathered through its legal invoice review process. The software integrates query, performance and analysis tools from Hyperion Solutions, Santa Clara, Calif.

FULL BI CAPABILITIES IN SINGLE COGNOS PRODUCT

Ontario-based Cognos Inc., a business intelligence and corporate performance management solutions provider, is offering Cognos 8 BI, a simplified, zero-footprint interface for all users, authors and administrators. Cognos 8 BI delivers a simplified BI environment and serves as an enterprise-scale technology foundation for performance management. The product takes advantage of the Web services-based, service-oriented architecture used in 2003 in Cognos ReportNet. Features include extended open data access capabilities, new chart styles, the ability to maintain dimensional awareness while reporting OLAP data, and automated event management.

INSURANCE PROCESS BACKBONE INTEGRATES WITH LEGACY SYSTEMS

Exigen Group, a San Francisco provider of business process optimization technology and services, released a new version of the Exigen Insurance Process Backbone. The product includes an ACORD-based business object model and a services-oriented architecture designed to integrate seamlessly with legacy systems. It provides policy, sales administration, claims administration, billing and payment processing, as well as customer service and support components. Exigen's goal is to modernize the front-end of companies' core systems, so legacy systems don't have to be completely replaced.

FISERV UPDATES WEB-BASED POLICY ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM

Information management systems provider Fiserv Insurance Solutions, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, launched Version 1.8 of its Policy STAR policy administration system, designed to allow customers to process 11 lines of personal and commercial business with one system. A Web-based solution based on an open-service architecture, the product has new features, which include bulk transaction processing for all active policies, more flexible methods of configuring rate tables, and the power to add or delete through configuration instead of through a programming exercise. The new system, which provides support for business owners, farm owners and ocean marine lines of business, can be used independently or integrated with other Fiserv products.

MOBIUS SYSTEM PROVIDES DATA ACCESS FROM ANY SOURCE

A new version of ViewDirect Total Content Integrator from Mobius Management Systems, a Rye, N.Y., provider of content management software, is designed to help companies access information in any format from any source. The new version adds packaged adapters to IBM DB2 Content Manager OnDemand, EMC/Documentum, Microsoft SharePoint, and SQL Server, and has search and index mapping functions to help identify fraudulent claims. Also included is a software development kit to enable development of adapters to any content source, along with program modules, complete documentation, sample code and data.

WORKER'S COMPENSATION WEB PORTAL REPORTING

Worker's compensation providers no longer have to wait until the end of the month to see data reports from PMSI-Tmesys, a Tampa, Fla. worker's compensation services provider. PMSI-Tmesys has introduced a Web portal reporting service that allows customers to log on with a password, using a standard Internet browser, and retrieve and analyze data. Customers access role-based information - a claims adjuster may see reports pertaining to the patient, while an insurance executive could look at more general data about each company. All reports use consistent formatting, follow a Microsoft Office-style interface and can be downloaded into many formats.

SIRCON INTRODUCES PARTNER REFERRAL PROGRAM

Sircon Corp., an Okemos, Mich., provider of producer-centric solutions, added a Partner Referral Program to its Compliance Express Solution that will allow associations, carriers, agencies and states to refer their producers to Sircon through a custom landing page or URL. The landing pages include the referring entity's logo and a menu of Sircon services. The product is designed to help companies expand producer networks, and includes special pricing for referring partners, and marketing and promotional bonuses. The new version of Compliance Express also includes support for the American Express credit card for online transactions, and services for education providers.

SUNGARD'S PROCESS DIRECTOR SPEEDS INFORMATION TRANSFER

Wayne, Pa.-based business performance management solutions provider SunGard EXP has released Process Director, a complement to their MACESS.exp workflow engine, that automates business processes where documents, information and tasks are passed from one person to another. Users create business rules, defining the required steps, the order in which they should be performed, and who can perform them, in an effort to ensure that processes comply with an organization's policies. Designed to help manage the transfer of responsibility in each business process, it provides an audit trail, and can track the progress and location of any work item at any point.

PREDICTIVE HEALTH MODELS TO ENCOURAGE PREVENTIVE CARE

A predictive analytic model to identify high-risk individuals with serious medical conditions is being developed by Boston-based DxCG, ISO's health-care analytics company. The model identifies groups of individuals who will need high levels of care in the future so they can obtain preventive care early, with the goal of helping property/casualty insurers control medical costs. Jersey City, N.J.-based ISO acquired DxCG last year.

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