UPDATE: Debunking the Myths: the Facts about Cotinine
This popular post from 2012 has been updated with recent research.
Clinical Laboratory and Biometrics Measures Used to Assess Risk
This article will explore the past, present, and future of clinical laboratory and biometric testing as they apply to life, disability, and long-term care insurance underwriting.
Impending Death of the Life Insurance Medical Exam
Peeing in a cup, giving blood samples, getting blood pressure checked and stepping on the scale were once unavoidable (and often dreaded) parts of applying for life insurance. But data services and technology are gradually replacing the life insurance medical exam.
Fluid Dynamics: Laboratory Testing and Life Underwriting
Life insurers have been using laboratory tests in risk appraisal for over 40 years They began with blood and urine, eventually adding oral fluid (habitually, but incorrectly called ‘saliva’).
The Added Value of Medical Testing in Underwriting Life Insurance
In present-day life-insurance medical underwriting practice the risk assessment starts with a standard health declaration (SHD). Indication for additional medical screening depends predominantly on age and amount of insured capital. From a medical perspective it is questionable whether there is an association between the level of insured capital and medical risk in terms of mortality. The aim of the study is to examine the prognostic value of parameters from the health declaration and application form on extra mortality based on results from additional medical testing.
Advances in Cardiac Imaging and the Implications for Underwriting and Claims
Echocardiography was developed during the 1970s and 1980s and allows clinicians to image the heart. The first “M-mode” images were one-dimensional but this was later supplemented with two-dimensional and color Doppler imaging as the technology developed.