- Case study
Blending technology and AI for specialty underwriting
How a reinsurer makes data-driven decisions across the globe
One of the top three global reinsurers
As an expert in risk management, this reinsurer knows that a good underwriting process calls for data-driven insights. And though business was booming, its processes were more manual than modern.
Underwriters had to review vast amounts of data from multiple sources to make decisions about risk and pricing. As a result, it would often take over a week to respond to ceding carriers.
Worse still, new insurtech companies entered the market. Though they lacked experience, they used digital tools like ML to rapidly perform qualitative risk analysis and quantitative risk analysis – responding to ceding carrier inquiries in hours instead of days.
The reinsurer set an ambitious goal to respond to more than a third of requests from ceding carriers within two hours. This drastic reduction in turnaround time would lead to higher market share and top-line growth.
But to achieve this, the reinsurer needed to address a significant problem: revamping its IT infrastructure. After years of rapid growth, the company's infrastructure had become disorganized and unconnected and required more governance. In addition, continuous integration, and data delivery – a prerequisite to ML – would be impossible with the company's siloed systems.
Determined to revamp its operations, the reinsurer's leadership team started a complete digital transformation of systems and processes. The focus was to explore how advanced analytics, data science, and machine learning could support faster and more informed decisions.
Genpact was the chosen partner for this initiative because of our data, analytics, and digital expertise, and our track record of reimagining thousands of operations in the insurance industry.
So, we jumped into action. First, we developed a blueprint to get to a cloud-based infrastructure that would support the data needed for ML. We then connected data across multiple systems into one data pipeline. This approach allowed us to design two AI-driven risk prediction models based on the company's historical risk data:
Our AI experts then developed a data pipeline integrating new and varied data sources. This approach enhanced the risk prediction models with diverse datasets to continuously improve their accuracy. Plus, the system saves all the different versions of the models so the reinsurer has a repository of ML models they can test or deploy at any time in the future.
Finally, we added the ability for underwriters to add case-specific information without affecting underlying algorithms. Viewing the output of the AI models through a user-friendly dashboard, underwriters can input their feedback, which aids in continuous machine learning and in refining predictive outcomes.
What's more, they have a complete and transparent view of the data that feeds these models to build trust in the insights the ML models provide, which, in turn, boosts user adoption.
Today, people, processes, and data work hand in hand. It's a perfect example of augmented intelligence – where humans and machines work together to learn from each other and improve continually.
With data at the core, underwriters can confidently make rapid decisions – and respond to ceding carrier inquiries within two hours.
The new ML models also help the reinsurer:
By combining deep underwriting expertise with the best machine learning technology available, this global reinsurer is prepared for new emerging risks and new sources of competition.