How Is Blockchain Innovation Reshaping the Insurance Industry

By CIOReview | Friday, November 30, 2018

Blockchain has proven to be a promising technology as it has the potential to simplify the complex processes and can enhance transparency and efficiency. The blockchain is all set to provide modernized insurance to its new generation of consumers.

The offerings of the blockchain innovation fit itself perfectly to the insurance sector and are ideal for the technology’s implementation. The potential benefits it provides incorporates peace of mind for the end-users, the integrity of data across multiple ledgers, more efficient yet comprehensive KYC processes and real-time settlement of claims through the use of smart contracts.

The banking and insurance sector is embracing the blockchain technology and is evolving to stay competitive, which implies that they are streamlining their processes and meeting the demands of digitally savvy consumers. While the benefits are numerous, the procedure of migrating to blockchain involves welcoming new changes, careful planning, and investment. All technological innovations come with pros and cons; therefore before integrating, the risks associated with these technologies must be thought upon and mitigated if possible.

Blockchain Technology to Mitigate Challenges

Although blockchain cannot resolve all the problems yet it is a technology that provides transparency, and stability and which is also forcing insurers to adopt it to mitigate the challenges.

•  Security: Blockchain eliminates suspicious transactions. As it is a decentralized ledger system, it verifies the authenticity of customers, policies, and operations by providing historical records thereby making it difficult for the cyber actors.

•  Big Data: Many connected devices are being used nowadays, and blockchain can adequately manage and share these massive amounts of data. Data is registered on blockchain by creating a digital fingerprint using data and time which offers both transparency and security.

•  Reinsurance: Blockchain offers accurate reserve calculations based on current contracts. The technology also ensures that it is taking care of the specific risk factors thereby boosting the confidence of insurance companies and leveraging their daily business operations.

Despite the risk factors, it is quite evident that use of blockchain in the industry will be beneficial and will be widely applied soon as it is assisting insurers to be highly competitive and offer innovative services. With the evolution of this sector, advancement in technology and the willingness of the insurers to adopt these innovations will decide whether they can reap the benefits from this technology.