Revival or RIP? Resurrecting The Life Claims Journey With Technology

It’s 2024, but you wouldn’t know it if you’ve been in or around a life claim recently.

Amazon’s Alexa was introduced a decade ago. Apple’s Siri, a whopping fourteen years ago. Yet the life claims experience has evolved (dare I say improved) very little during this period of rapid innovation.

The life insurance claims journey is often fraught with inefficiencies and frustrations, making it a cumbersome process for both beneficiaries and insurers. Traditionally, the claims workflow is characterized by labor-intensive tasks, excessive paperwork, and prolonged wait times, which can lead to errors and inconsistencies. Additionally, the lack of transparency and poor communication throughout the process further exacerbates the problem, leaving already-stressed-out beneficiaries dissatisfied and insurers overwhelmed. This broken system highlights the urgent need for modernization and innovation to improve the overall claims experience.


๐Ÿ‘€ Adopting Disruptive Innovation May Be A Matter Of Life Or Death


Ask Blockbuster. They had a chance to buy forward-thinking Netflix for $50M back in 2000. They literally LOL’d at the offer. Turn the page over a decade later and Netflix is worth over $150 BILLION thanks to their willingness to embrace innovation (and we all know what happened to Blockbuster).

In the dynamic world of life insurance, the claims process is often seen as a critical but challenging aspect of the business. Traditionally, this process has been labor-intensive, time-consuming, and prone to errors. However, the advent of digitalization, automation and machine learning (ML) is revolutionizing the landscape, bringing about significant advancements in efficiency, accuracy, and customer satisfaction.

To add even more urgency to the matter, according to a recent LIMRA study, in 2023 consumers expressed a preference for buying life insurance online rather than through in-person meetings (for the first time).


๐Ÿš€ Streamlining the Life Insurance Claims Process


One of the primary benefits of digital automation in life claims is the streamlining of administrative tasks. Automation can handle repetitive tasks such as data entry, document verification, and initial claim assessments with remarkable speed and precision. This reduces the workload on human employees, allowing them to focus on more complex and value-added activities. Consequently, the overall processing time for claims is significantly reduced, enabling quicker payouts and enhancing beneficiary satisfaction.


๐ŸŽฏ Enhancing Accuracy and Reducing Fraud


Machine learning (ML) algorithms excel at analyzing large datasets to identify patterns and anomalies. In the context of life insurance claims, ML can be used to detect inconsistencies or suspicious activities that may indicate fraudulent claims. By learning from historical data, these algorithms can flag potentially fraudulent claims for further investigation, thereby reducing the risk of financial losses due to fraud. Moreover, the use of ML ensures that the evaluation of claims is consistent and unbiased, further enhancing the accuracy of the process.


๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ Personalizing the Beneficiary Experience


Digital automation and machine learning also contribute to a more personalized beneficiary experience. By leveraging ML algorithms, insurance companies can analyze customer data to understand individual preferences and behaviors. This allows for the creation of tailored communication strategies and customized policy recommendations. Additionally, automated systems can provide real-time updates to beneficiaries regarding the status of their claims, improving transparency and trust in the insurance provider โ€“ which could also entice these beneficiaries to become new customers in the future.


๐Ÿ“Š Predictive Analytics for Better Decision-Making


Another significant advantage of incorporating machine learning into the life insurance claims workflow is the ability to utilize predictive analytics. ML models can predict future trends based on historical data, helping insurers to anticipate claim volumes, identify potential risks, and make informed decisions. This proactive approach enables better resource allocation and risk management, ultimately leading to more sustainable business practices.


๐Ÿ’ฐ Cost Efficiency & Interest Payout Savings


Implementing automation and machine learning in the claims process also results in cost savings for insurance companies. By reducing the need for cumbersome, manual intervention, insurers can lower operational costs, allocate resources more efficiently, and save capital on interest payouts. Additionally, the improved accuracy and fraud detection capabilities of ML reduce the financial impact of erroneous or fraudulent claims, contributing to overall cost efficiency.


โœ๏ธ Final Thoughts


The integration of digital automation and machine learning into the life claims workflow is not just a technological upgrade; it is a transformative shift that brings multiple benefits. From streamlining processes and enhancing accuracy to providing empathetic beneficiary experiences and enabling predictive analytics, these technologies are essential for the revival of the life claims journey. As carriers continue to embrace these advancements, they can expect to see improved operational efficiency, reduced costs, and greater customer satisfaction, positioning them for success in a competitive market.


To preview the potential of intelligent digital automation for your unique life claims workflow, contact FastTrack’s Digital Transformation Team to schedule a complimentary comparative analysis study today.

About FastTrack

FastTrack โ€“ a Kamine Technology Group (KTG) division โ€“ is a full-service intelligent technology solutions provider in the Life & Disability insurance vertical. Leading the way for more than 10+ years, FastTrack boasts a growing client portfolio consisting of a large ratio of top-tier insurers in both the Group and Individual marketplace in the USA and Canada. Our made-for-insurance intelligent technology, enhanced by decades of on-the-job insurance industry expertise and AI, digitizes & automates up to 90% of the claims journey, from claim intake to adjudication, resulting in lightning-fast claim outcomes that typically improve Claim Handle Time by 30%-40%. FastTrack helps insurers free up valuable human resources to focus on mission-critical tasks, such as improving the customer experience and making informed claim decisions. Furthermore, FastTrackโ€™s suite of technology solutions and services empowers insurers to triage claims, understand risk management options, reduce manual administration, save on interest expenses, create straight-through processing opportunities, leverage comprehensive data via online Claimant, Beneficiaries, Employers, Agents/Brokers portals, and create digital claimant profiles to achieve informed, consistent, repeatable, defensible, and objective claim decisions.


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