Computer Sciences Corp. is trying to help insurance agents manage their agencies through a “cloud-based” system that can be reached from a wide variety of different devices and systems.

The subscription-based service will start by offering communications tools, including electronic application submission tools, and it later will offer commission management, customer service and customer self-service tools, according to CSC, Falls Church, Va. (NYSE:CSC).

Agencies should be able to get to the system through tablets and hand-held devices as well as through desktop and laptop computers, without downloading software, CSC says.

In other ideas news:

UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka, Minn., is endeavoring to fight one of the major drivers of health insurance claims cost increases – the Type 2 diabetes epidemic – by supporting the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance, a group that fights diabetes in the Houston area.

The alliance is backing programs that mobilize pharmacists to offer people with diabetes counseling about controlling their condition.

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Mo., says it commissioned a survey of about 728 parents of children under age 18 and found that the parents were not especially concerned about problems with weight control- a major risk factor for premature death.

About 81% say it is very important to seek medical care for a child with symptoms of diabetes; and 80% say the same about a child who appears to have asthma. Almost all – 94% — say they would seek medical attention for a condition that would limit a child’s life expectancy. But only 54% say it’s very important to seek medical care for a child who is overweight.

- Allison Bell