There is no single tool capable of defeating insurance fraud. In a wide-ranging paper and guide, RGA shares insights into fraud detection and prevention trends, techniques, and technologies at the RGA Fraud Conference. Insurers must be proactive and prepared to adapt nimbly, to keep pace with fraudsters. Find simple steps all insurers can take here.
Cystic fibrosis was rarely encountered by Life and Health underwriters until relatively recently. However, advances in our understanding of this inherited lung disease, and the emergence of more effective treatments, mean that children born with the disease are now surviving into adulthood and living much healthier lives.
Significant and rapid progress in genetics research and data analytics is currently enabling an unprecedented expansion in science’s understanding of the genetic underpinnings of rare and common diseases. Large-scale cohort studies such as the UK Biobank are helping scientists build powerful prognostic models for a number of diseases, including breast cancer and coronary artery disease, and hastening the development of a new tool for quantifying the inheritability of common diseases: Polygenic risk scores.
Genetic testing is becoming more accessible and commonplace, with new genetic links to diseases regularly being identified. However, the many constraints on the use of predictive genetic tests in insurance means that the easy availability of direct consumer testing is an issue that the industry must consider very carefully.
RGA's Marc Sofer, Head of Data and Strategic Analytics, Asian Markets, discusses how the newest data sets, together with existing data and novel analytics, are impacting the industry’s growth and development.
Curious about the effects of recreational cannabis use on the human body? RGA South Africa produced a quick reference guide for insurers.
Insurers are today capable of and are, in fact, gathering ever-more-detailed information about us, using publicly available and purchasable information like shopping records, household details, and social-media profiles to inform decisions.
Our deepening understanding of physical costs of violence and abuse has profound implications for life and health insurance. RGA’s ROSEBUD® Consulting Group recently invited Pamela DeWitt-Meza to present a webinar on “Intersections of Abuse” to help case managers identify signs of abuse and intervene effectively, and she discusses the highlights in a brief interview.
It is well understood that increased physical activity levels are linked with a reduced risk of certain illnesses, leading to improved healthy life expectancy. Wearable devices have also been championed as a way to not only help people track physical activity, but with the right incentives, increase overall activity levels in the short term.
The understanding and application of genetic data is redefining medical diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. As this area continues to advance, it’s set to adjust, maybe even to reshape, the Life and Health insurance business model within the next 20 years.