Electronic Health Records – What are they and How Will they Affect Life and Disability Insurance Underwriting?
The advent of electronic health records (EHRs) brings to mind a story I like to tell. I was developing a ruleset for an automated underwriting rules engine 20 years ago when the IT director brought up a point during dinner. He said, “You underwriters really like your medical records. Well, I need them in an electronic data format with a dedicated field containing diagnostic codes. Then I can use those codes to assign an automated risk class.”
Integrated Analytics: The Next Generation in Automated Underwriting
We are experiencing the most rapid evolution our industry has ever seen. Incremental innovation has been underway for the last 10 to 15 years, but currently, the pace of change is truly frenetic. Today, we are competing with not only peer companies, but also start-ups, third-party solution providers and others from outside the life insurance industry, who recognize the potential to disrupt the industry we know so well.
If link below does not work, the article can be found here:
https://www.soa.org/sections/reinsurance/reinsurance-newsletter/ (article appears in Issue 89 on page 38)
Progress in the Management of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) presents a challenge to insurers due to its complex, unpredictable course.
Watchful Waiting and Active Surveillance For Prostate Cancer
Getting insurance for individuals with cancer has its challenges. What was the cancer, how was it treated, how long has it been since therapy, what has the follow-up treatment been? The keyword in these scenarios is treatment. What if there has been no treatment at all? Prostate cancer is one of those processes where both doctors and patients may opt to defer treatment because of the slow growing nature of the disease, but the unknown outcome makes getting insurance even more problematic.
Insurers Battle Against Companies ‘Born Digital’
Chat windows, faster policy statements, intuitive agent portals and robotic technologies are among the new generation of weapons insurers intend to use to compete with “born-digital” companies.
Sun Life Studying Whether Credit Scores Could be Useful in Underwriting
Could credit scores have a predictive value on determining subsequent mortality experience? Dean Connor, President and CEO of Sun Life, explained how his company is exploring this question.
Best Practices & Considerations for Accelerated Underwriting (Slides)
Many companies have or are considering programs that have been referred to as accelerated underwriting. The process by which companies choose to implement this program may not be as accelerated as the name itself. Companies looking to adopt, enhance or evaluate accelerated underwriting should come listen to how some companies think about, evaluate and share lessons learned about designing, implementing and monitoring an accelerated underwriting paradigm, its impact on assumptions and products, and how a reinsurer may review the accelerated program.
Note: The session above (161) can be found in the 8:30-9:45 a.m. time slot
Incorporate Third Party Scoring in Accelerated Underwriting (Slides)
The slides from a presentation by Guizhou Hu, M.D. Ph.D., Vice President Chief Decision Analytics Officer (Gen Re) have been posted at the Actuaries' Club of the Southwest website.