Art or Science? Cultivating the Next Generation of Underwriting Talent Holds the Key
Life underwriting professionals are experiencing a paradigm shift in modus operandi, driven by the introduction of automation initiatives. Multiple consulting studies and analyses indicate that automation in underwriting is a valid business need. The coevolution of humans and technology must be supported by business strategies that focus on identifying necessary underwriting skill sets. The convergence of the art of underwriting and the science of technology presents many challenges. Insurers and reinsurers must plan accordingly.
More than Skin Deep: Designing a New Business Underwriting Process To Meet Customer Expectations
Insurers seem to be chasing appearances, investing eye-watering sums of money into projects to improve the application process, but these sleek, web-based systems can mask a distressing reality: Underwriting technology underpinning the decision process is not attracting the same attention. RGA's Bruce Bosco calls for a greater emphasis on automated underwriting to improve the customer experience and help bridge the protection gap.
Underwriting Innovation: Harnessing the Differences
Underwriting in the US life insurance industry has had more change in the last five years than it has in the prior 30…and many underwriters are struggling to keep up with the pace. Terms like accelerated underwriting, automated underwriting, simplified issue, predictive models and big data are bounced around at industry meetings like ping pong balls. If you are confused by all the new terminology, you are not alone.
Simplified Issue is Expanding the Limits of Underwriting
Previously reserved for the hard to insure, simplified issue products have evolved into fully underwritten simplified products. Backed by artificial intelligence, these products have become an alternative to traditional simplified issue products.
Underwriting Automation: Why Expectations Might Not Match Reality
The underwriting automation engine has undoubtedly become a popular approach for many insurance organizations seeking to increase efficiencies and augment their workforces. While implementing this technology is likely vital to remain competitive, there is often a disconnect between the expectations and the reality of automation’s impact on underwriting operations.
Impaired Risk Review: Rage Against the Machine
Increasingly, computer templates are making binding underwriting decisions through information that is programmed in with final decisions virtually unappealable. It’s a frustrating situation that is taking the human element out of a very human situation of health and risk assessment.
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.
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SCORviews October 2017 Issue
Articles featured in the October 2017 issue of SCORviews include:
- Modeling Policyholder Behavior
- Innovations in Life Insurance
- SCOR Mortality Insight
Half of Life Insurers Using Automated Underwriting
Half of life insurers have some type of automated underwriting solution in place and 41 percent of companies are in the planning process, according to LIMRA research.