Underwriting and Calculators
On our travels we speak to a lot of people about underwriting manual developments. One topic which comes up time and again is calculators: great invention or the work of The Devil?
Underwriting 2.0: Opening Pandora’s Box
This is a recording from a panel discussion at InsureTech Connect 2017, (October 4th), in Las Vegas.
Summary: For years, the life insurance application and underwriting process has been lengthy, complicated and arduous for both agents and the potential insured. As part of the insurance industry’s push for digital transformation, better analytics, more accurate predictive models, and new data sources now provide the opportunity for a streamlined and accelerated life insurance underwriting process without invasive medical exams and hard-to-comprehend applications. Will transformation of the life underwriting process make it easier to purchase life insurance in the short run, or is it akin to opening Pandora’s Box?
The Effect of Treatment Options on Life Insurance Premiums in Patients with Prostate Cancer
Patients with early stage, low risk prostate cancer are typically treated with radical prostatectomy, external beam radiation therapy or active surveillance. We examine how these different management options affect life insurance underwriting practices.
Accelerated Underwriting – Get on the Right Track
Seeing the many different projects being pursued by direct companies is one of the most interesting aspects of working in reinsurance. Just recently I’ve noticed how many life carriers are going down the Accelerated Underwriting (AU) route.
Drug Abuse Mortality in the Insured Population
Population data show that drug-related mortality rates have more than doubled since the beginning of the century. This statistic is troubling enough as it is, but it hides the fact that almost all the increase is due to opioids, which account for just over half of the deaths.
Personal genomic testing (PGT): The consumer and the Life Insurance Industry
The life insurance industry is being challenged to respond to the new reality of democratized access to personal genomic data against the backdrop of consumer and regulatory concerns around data privacy, consumer equity and genetic determinism, on the one hand, and life insurers’ concerns about information asymmetry during the underwriting process, on the other.
Genetics and Life Insurance - A View into the Microscope of Regulation
The use of genetic information for life, disability, critical illness and long-term care insurance is likely to increase in relevance. This report represents an attempt to understand key aspects of genetics, as well as limitations and controversies of its utilization in life insurance.
Digitization in the Insurance Industry - Opportunities for the Application Process
Digitization has spread to every aspect of our personal and professional lives - including, of course, the insurance industry. It affects all sorts of different areas: from interfaces with end-customers and brokers, to wearables like fitness trackers that are supposed to encourage customers to behave in a more self-aware way.
Where Do Life Insurance Products Go Next?
As we look at a world in flux, it’s important to remember that the only constant is change. Technology is a good example, as it has a far-reaching impact on other industries.