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.
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.
3 Insurance Underwriting Predictions for 2019 and Beyond
Could 2019 be the year of an underwriting technology transformation? We’re not yet ready to make that prediction, but we do see the makings of a transformation, as more insurers invest in technologies that they believe will deliver solid returns to their top and bottom lines. In fact, underwriting is the second-largest category within the growing life insurtech investment sector.
Wired to Underwrite: Artificial Intelligence and Underwriting
Can machines learn? RGA Senior Data Scientist Dr. Dihui Lai thinks so, and he should know. Lai recently unveiled an RGA-developed “AI-Augmented” underwriting system at the Society of Actuaries Predictive Analytics Symposium and took a few moments to explain the results.
Why Life Insurance Companies want your Fitbit Data
Customers can withhold their fitness data, but that will result in higher premiums, which may put life insurance out of reach for low-income earners. This in turn could have an impact on whether would-be homeowners can take out mortgages, some of which can require a life insurance policy on the principle borrower.
Smart Technology Works for Older People, Too
While wearables and apps are most closely associated with promoting physical fitness, technology is increasingly being put to use in lifestyle monitoring of the elderly and others in need of care.
Life Underwriting Trends to Watch
The practice of life underwriting is undergoing a lot of change as insurers look to speed up and enhance the customer experience. Big data, artificial intelligence, pharmacy records, accelerated underwriting and more are playing a part.
White Paper: Wearable Technology in Life Insurance
For insurers to effectively utilize wearable technology, it is important to understand the metrics captured by devices. Insurers must also be mindful of regulations, set reasonable expectations, and balance the risk and rewards of new developments.This white paper summarizes the considerations.
A Life Insurance Company Wants to Track your Fitness Data
A company using what seems like a fun smartphone game to get you to walk more might be a slippery slope. With access to all that data, what will a big corporation ultimately do with it? This is still new, so the implications are murky.