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Revolutionizing claims processing: How AI streamlines insurance claims


Prasanna Shukla

June 20, 2024

The insurance industry is undergoing a digital transformation, and AI is at the forefront. Paperwork-laden, time-consuming claims processing is a relic of the past. By leveraging AI’s capabilities like NLP and deep learning, insurers can streamline operations, reduce costs, and significantly improve customer satisfaction.

The global market for artificial intelligence (AI) in insurance is not just growing—it’s booming. In 2022, the market was valued at approximately $4.59 billion, but by 2032, it is projected to skyrocket to nearly $80 billion. That represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.06% between 2023 and 2032.

The current claims process is riddled with inefficiencies. Manual data entry in forms and documents creates errors, delays, and frustration for both adjusters buried in paperwork and policyholders waiting for resolutions. Also, manual review processes can miss fraudulent activities, leading to financial losses. These factors not only impact customer satisfaction but also strain your bottom line.

AI is the key to unlocking faster claims resolution

AI offers a powerful solution to these challenges. AI technology is becoming increasingly widespread in the insurance industry. According to a recent survey, 72% of insurers are using AI in some capacity, and we expect this number to grow in the coming years.

Automated workhorses

AI automates repetitive tasks like data entry forms, medical records, and police reports. An AI-based solution can automatically extract key details like accident dates, vehicle information, and repair estimates from photos submitted by policyholders.

Intelligent document review

AI can analyze vast amounts of unstructured data, like police reports, medical bills, and repair invoices. It can identify key information, flag inconsistencies, and even pre-populate claim forms, significantly speeding up the review process.

Predictive analytics for faster decisions

Predictive analytics is one of the critical AI use cases in the insurance industry. The insurance industry can leverage AI to analyze historical data and predict claim severity and potential fraud. This allows adjusters to prioritize claims and make quicker settlement decisions for straightforward cases. For instance, AI can analyze past claims for similar car accidents in the region and predict average repair costs. This empowers adjusters to expedite settlements for these common cases.

24/7 virtual assistants

The chatbot-powered AI can answer questions about the claims process, guiding them through the initial claim filing and collecting basic information. Many insurance companies around the world currently use this.

How AI improves customer experience

AI is not just about speed; it directly impacts customer satisfaction.

Personalized communication

AI can personalize claim updates based on the specific situation. Policyholders receive real-time status information on their claims progress, tailored notifications, and clear explanations of the next steps. This transparency builds trust and keeps them informed throughout the process.

Faster resolution 

One of the biggest frustrations for policyholders is the wait for claim settlements. AI streamlines the process, which leads to faster claim resolution and quicker access to funds for repairs or replacements. This reduces financial stress and anxiety for policyholders during a difficult time.

Round-the-clock support 

AI-powered chatbots can provide immediate support, answer basic questions about the claims process, and even guide them through the initial claim filing. This availability around the clock reduces anxiety and frustration, fostering a sense of control for policyholders during a stressful time.

Insurance industry leaders leveraging AI for claims processing

  • Allstate: This insurance giant utilizes AI-powered chatbots to provide 24/7 customer support and guide policyholders through the claims filing process. Allstate’s Able (Allstate Business Insurance Expert) is an AI-powered virtual assistant that supports agents with information on business insurance products, streamlining their workflow.
  • Metromile: This company specializes in pay-per-mile car insurance. Metromile implemented a powerful AI tool called AVA (Automated Virtual Assistant) specifically designed to streamline the claims process.  AVA leverages data collected by Metromile’s Pulse device installed in insured vehicles. This data can help reconstruct accident scenes, claim details verification, and even expedite payouts for certain straightforward cases. 
  • Zurich Insurance Group: Zurich, a global insurance provider, has invested significantly in AI to enhance its services and operations. According to the company website, there are more than 160 AI use cases across the group in different divisions. Zurich also launched the AI Assurance Framework (AIAF) in 2022 to govern the deployment of AI.
Final thoughts

The integration of AI in claims processing is just the beginning. The future holds exciting possibilities for a more collaborative approach and advancements beyond automation. A report by McKinsey & Company highlights this future vision, stating that “Insurance will shift from its current state of “detect and repair” to “predict and prevent,” transforming every aspect of the industry in the process.”

However, AI in claims processing raises new legal and regulatory questions. There is a need for clear guidelines on data privacy, algorithmic bias, and accountability for AI-driven decisions within the insurance industry.

As AI technology evolves, we expect more groundbreaking applications to emerge, including transforming claims processing to the entire insurance landscape. By embracing AI and fostering human-AI collaboration, insurers can unlock a future of efficiency, prevention, and a more customer-centric insurance experience.

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