Benefits of business intelligence for insurance companies

Anurag Sanghai

The insurance industry is one of the most data-intensive sectors, with significant data volumes collected daily. However, with a continuous influx of data, it becomes challenging for insurance companies to extract meaningful insights. This is where Business Intelligence (BI) plays a pivotal role. By leveraging BI tools, insurers can turn raw data into valuable information to improve business outcomes. Eventually, they can gain a competitive edge by mitigating risks, improving customer retention, and optimising operations.

Business intelligence for insurance encompasses tools, technologies and methodologies that can help collect, integrate, analyse and interpret data from multiple sources, such as claims, policyholder information, market data and underwriting records. With a holistic and unified view of this data, insurance companies can identify anomalies, patterns and correlations that would otherwise remain hidden. Let’s deep dive into the key benefits of BI technology for the insurance industry as a whole:

Easy risk management to prevent expensive errors
Insurance companies face a multitude of risks, including underwriting, operational, market and regulatory risks. In this complex landscape, the ability to identify, assess and manage risks effectively is crucial for sustainable success.

Combining BI with predictive analytics can enable insurers to identify patterns and trends that may indicate future risks. This can help them make better-informed decisions about risk management strategies and allocate resources more effectively. According to a study by IDC, predictive analytics can reduce claims by up to 15%, improving the accuracy of underwriting and pricing decisions.

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Efficient claims handling to boost customer satisfaction
A systematic and prompt claim-settling process can help insurance policyholders recall a positive experience with their provider. BI automates claim processing, leverages analytics for fraud detection and initiates pre-approvals by reviewing a client’s policy and validating the claim’s authenticity. BI tools can analyse the history of customer claims, track how fast decisions were made, look for settlement patterns and find errors in customer reports.

By leveraging these capabilities, insurance providers can improve their claim processing efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction. According to a study by Deloitte, predictive analytics can reduce claims processing time by up to 70 per cent, ensuring that policyholders are reimbursed efficiently.

Improved customer retention with targeted personalisation
For insurance companies, customer retention is crucial. BI can help boost customer retention by providing deeper, actionable insights into customer behavior and preferences. By leveraging analytics, insurers can segment customers based on risk profiles, stage-of-life and other insights to develop targeted marketing campaigns with personalised offers that drive better engagement.

By using BI to map customer journeys, insurers can identify gaps in customer service and address them proactively. Additionally, analytics engines can detect “at risk” customers likely to switch providers and provide timely incentives or personalised offers to reduce the likelihood of churning. An Accenture report says that companies using personalisation strategies retain about 91% of customers.

Better compliance with automated reporting
Insurance companies are subject to stringent regulations and strict surveillance. To ensure compliance, companies must respond to audit requests and provide detailed reporting quickly. Manually gathering data from various parts of the organisation and compiling reports can become tedious, time-consuming and labor-intensive.

Business intelligence for insurance helps automate regulatory reporting processes by enabling customisable dashboards that monitor critical data such as claims information, customer profiles, policy management records, etc. in an easy-to-read format.

Streamlined operations to cut costs
By leveraging BI and analytics, companies can identify inefficiencies in operations and find cost-saving opportunities. For example, an insurer may be able to reduce overhead costs related to hiring staff for manual tasks by using automated platforms for underwriting or customer support.

Moreover, BI can be used to improve risk assessment and pricing strategies. By tracking customer claims and identifying patterns between customers with similar profiles, insurers can more accurately assess risks and adjust premium rates accordingly.

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The insights derived from analysing customer interactions, claims history, sales pipeline, etc., can also help identify areas where processes can be optimised or automated. This helps insurers manage resources more effectively and cut costs in the long run.

Looking ahead
Business intelligence is changing how insurance companies operate, from customer service to claims processing and compliance. With this technology, insurers can understand customer behavior better, generate timely insights into their operations, reduce costs and enhance fraud detection capabilities — all while improving customer satisfaction.

Views expressed by Anurag Sanghai, Principal Solution Architect, Intellicus Technologies

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