Rising Momentum: Industries Heighten Emphasis on Digital Transformation in the Post-Pandemic Era
The Covid epidemic has had a huge impact on the insurance industry’s technological strategy, according to a new special report by AM Best.
However, the pandemic sharpened the industry’s focus on innovation, according to the rating agency. Property and casualty (P&C) insurers have traditionally concentrated on data.
Businesses can become even more data-driven through digitization, and predictive modeling gives insurers a competitive advantage as they work to set premiums that are in line with the actual underlying risk.
According to the AM Best research, “ultimately, Covid led to a sense of urgency for digital transformation.”
The industry’s perspective of what is feasible has changed in the wake of Covid, particularly for product categories like home and motor that are becoming more integrated with Internet of Things gadgets that monitor driving behavior and water leakage in houses.
According to AM Best, the requirement to adopt remote processes has given energy to boost insurers’ digital literacy and launch initiatives to update procedures and systems. These processes range from consumer engagement to claims assessment to remote personnel.
All insurance segments and lines of business are experiencing a transformation in their underwriting capabilities due to the explosion of data and increasingly sophisticated telematics. Particularly regarding small business and personal motor lines, this is the case.
According to AM Best, the more creative players are utilizing machine learning and data sources to improve underwriting capabilities by looking beyond normal automation.
In an effort to actualize a future in which the majority of policies go through straight-through processing, the most forward-thinking carriers are continually experimenting, according to AM Best.
Innovative insurers have also used data analytics to create more specialized goods and services for new risks, like the developing cyber insurance sector.
The reinsurance industry, according to the research, tops the industry in terms of innovation. Because they are one or more steps removed from the final policyholder, it is highlighted that they have had to grow in disciplines including enterprise management, portfolio development, and risk accumulation.
“This has become evident recently with the series of losses due to significant natural catastrophic storm activity, which has been exacerbated by secondary perils and heightened inflation,” AM Best says.
To remain sustainable, significant, and prosperous, insurers have been forced to develop an inventive culture in response to the ongoing challenges posed by these high severity events and competitive pressures.