We list the five areas that insurers must focus on when building a data analytics-backed underwriting platform for either MSMEs or large corporations.
High underwriting expenses often stem from the efforts associated with obtaining customer and risk information through back-and-forth communication involving brokers, customers, investigators, and third parties, among others. Streamlining data collection from multiple digital sources will improve the data or decision-making accuracy and bring down expenses drastically. For instance, environmental risks can be evaluated from satellite or drone imagery overlayed with weather events, such as floods. Meanwhile, internal operational risks can be assessed through data sharing on machinery breakdowns, accidents, and other unforeseen events.
Validation of risk appetite, underwriting rules, and risk scoring
With the digitization of rules, insurers will find it feasible to automatically identify if a prospect fits into the insurer’s risk appetite. In addition, they can peruse the various underwriting rules of the insurer and perform risk scoring. This delivers a consistent underwriting result in comparison to depending on only the respective underwriter’s experience or expertise. In more advanced scenarios, AI or machine learning (ML) can be leveraged to learn from historical cases and classify new risk categories based on the analysis of past data.
With in-depth data available for different risk perspectives, risk segmentation can be performed at a more granular level than generally considered. For instance, property risk pertaining to a commercial entity can have multiple sub-segments like local geographical risk, liability risk posed with external fittings, and more.
Loss control and coverage recommendation
It is now feasible to suggest loss control measures and turn some risks into acceptable categories with a systemic approach. This can present new opportunities for business growth. Conversely, it can also help insurers avoid unfavorable risks in certain other cases.
Continuous risk classification
Continuous data collection and analytics can enable swift reclassification of risk categories based on newly available information, which changes the probability and impact of risk factors in the existing underwriting model. The dynamic economic scenarios in the world today can now be assessed in near real time, and the requisite recommendations for risk mitigation can be communicated with the customers for corrective action.
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