No, Really...Underwriting Is Undergoing an Actual "Paradigm Shift"
A half century ago, physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn first coined the phrase “paradigm shift” to describe a fundamental change in assumptions. The term has since been over-applied to everything from economics to politics – even becoming the title of an episode of Star Trek! Yet while so often misused, I believe the term paradigm shift perfectly describes what is happening in underwriting today.
The Future is Now: Wearables for Insurance Risk Assessment
Wearables introduce a multitude of ways to monitor health. The quality and quantity of information supplied by wearables will transform how we manage our lives. There is a huge opportunity for life insurance companies to change the way we interact with our customers and to improve how we manage risk.
EHRs for Individual Life Insurance Underwriting: Case Study
Many life insurance carriers have implemented some type of accelerated underwriting program for life insurance. As promising as some of these programs are, however, there is still a balance between efficiency and risk management that needs to be maintained to facilitate continued growth.
The underwriting of mental health conditions has always been notoriously difficult. To properly assess such applicants an underwriter needs to look at the complete picture of not only the applicant’s health but also factors such as employment record and support network.
John Hancock Touts Early Returns On Apple Watch Monitoring Plan
New global research released by Vitality, a leading behavior change platform, reveals that financial incentives combined with wearables encourage people to significantly increase their physical activity.
While grief and sadness may be normal physiologic responses to stressful situations, depression is not. Whether that depression translates into conditions that affect insurability or threaten a person’s well-being is always a difficult assessment for underwriter and clinician.
Have you noticed that the word invasive is being bandied about more and more often in underwriting-related articles and commentaries published online and in various industry publications? This is mainly being done by those advocating radical changes in underwriting practices.
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the insurability implications of low normal/ below normal ALT in the elderly… in the hope that insurers will consider adding appropriate guidelines for this finding at older ages.