Why Wearables are no Gimmick in the Quest for Wellness
It is well understood that increased physical activity levels are linked with a reduced risk of certain illnesses, leading to improved healthy life expectancy. Wearable devices have also been championed as a way to not only help people track physical activity, but with the right incentives, increase overall activity levels in the short term.
Stratifying Mortality Risk Using Physical Activity as Measured by Wearable Sensors
Munich Re assessed the effectiveness of physical activity as measured by wearable sensors in stratifying the mortality risk profile of a U.S. population-based dataset provided by Vivametrica. Munich Re examined the dataset, performed classical actuarial mortality analysis and used survival analysis and machine learning techniques to evaluate the extent to which physical activity predicts mortality.
New Tech & Big Data: Are They Good for Insurance?
Richard Keating investigates how big data and new technologies are changing the face of the insurance industry, and examines the resulting threats and opportunities.
Disruptive Innovation— Coming to Insurance near You
Disruptive innovation are revolutionizing many industries. How will it affect insurance?
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How Wearables can ‘Transform’ the Public Perception of Insurers
Matthew Edwards, head of mortality and longevity in Willis Towers Watson’s life insurance practice, (pictured below) explains why wearable technology presents a fascinating opportunity for insurers, and related sectors such as the private health sector.
Underwriting and Real Time Biofeedback (Slides)
Presentation by Jordi Posthumus on “The Rise of Mobile Computing and Its Impact on Life Underwriting” delivered at the 47th annual M.U.D. Group Conference.
Do Health Apps Threaten the Privacy of Sensitive Data?
The growing use of smartphone apps and wearable devices to generate personal health and lifestyle data poses a dilemma for privacy. While individuals have much to gain using apps to help them manage ongoing health concerns, including better understanding of their health, the privacy of the data itself may be at risk.
2017 Perspective: The Insurance Industry’s Growing World of Data
Data. Those of us in the insurance industry have always collected data, had access to it, and analyzed it to the best of our abilities. But the amount we are collecting, where it’s coming from, and the way that we collect and manage it, has catapulted us into a whole new stratosphere over recent years. In this new world of harvesting data from an ever-growing number of categories of data and the types of devices generating it, we must focus on the trends that are transforming our industry, and come up with a formula to analyze and make the data actionable for our business.