7 Tech Trends Shaping Life/Health Insurers in 2014
After examining the events of the past year, a new report from Aite Group synthesized what it believes to be the top trends for 2014 for life, annuities and health segments of the U.S. insurance industry. All of these trends, Aite Group says, will help the industry to become more customer-centric.
Challenges with the ACA website rollout have made it clear that health insurers need to invest significantly to be as successful as consumer brands with new private healthcare exchanges.
Revenue cycle vendors will continue to upgrade their point-of-service and post-service infrastructure, yet more will look to extend both channels, exploring mobile and tablet payment pilots.
Virtual business-to-business (B2B) card payments will begin to provide an attractive electronic payment option for small to midsize healthcare providers.
Investments in multichannel work site sales capabilities will increase and life insurers will begin to implement highly configurable policy administration systems for voluntary benefits products.
The compliance challenges with unclaimed death benefits lead to a much-needed focus on modernizing the entire life insurance claims process.
To free up IT spending from policy administration system maintenance, life insurers will use business process outsourcing (BPO) more actively for closed as well as active books of business, and they will make progress with the difficult reverse engineering of business logic and calculations.
A new breed of turnkey asset management platforms (TAMP) will appear in 2014 that focuses on the retirement income needs of financial advisors and allows them to be efficient and effective in implementing retirement income strategies.