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Insurance Industry: 12 Trends for 2021
As we enter the new year, it’s once again time to examine the industry trends and emerging technologies that are...
According to a recent study conducted by Novarica, the number of insurance organizations using cloud computing as part of their technology architecture has tripled, growing from less than 20% just a few years ago to more than 70% today. And while the early adoption of cloud computing may have been slow pulling out of the starting gate, it is now more commonplace, becoming a necessary tool for property and casualty insurers looking to make real-time connections between people, services, devices, data, etc.
Over the past year, concerns have been made regarding artificial intelligence replacing many human jobs in the insurance industry, particularly with positions cited as having the highest potential for automation such as underwriting and claims. However, as this advanced technology makes its way into the mass market, new research shows that the collaboration of machines and humans is actually complementary, enhancing current business capabilities in a variety of ways.
Freelancers. Solo professionals. Independent contractors. Consultants. Whatever you call them, the trend toward a gig economy is growing. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Gallup, an estimated third (36%) of all U.S. workers have some type of gig work arrangement. To put this number in perspective, that’s nearly 57 million Americans getting their side hustle on. With no sign of a slowdown, this shift presents both growth opportunities and challenges for insurers to better meet the unique insurance needs of gig economy workers.
Considered one of the world’s most innovative companies, Amazon has virtually transformed the way people shop and live. The secret to its success? For starters, Amazon is never completely satisfied with the status quo. In fact, Amazon is continually looking for new opportunities in various sectors and categories in which to evolve and expand. Very recently, the retail giant has expanded its reach to the insurance industry.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, insurance fraud makes up nearly 10 percent of all U.S. property-casualty insurance losses and loss adjustment expenses every year, adding up to approximately $34 billion annually. Unfortunately, the number of fraudulent claims continues to grow. Today, property and casualty insurers are fighting back by taking advantage of new technology. Included in their fraud-fighting arsenal is the process of graph theory.