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Submitting a health or life insurance claim is often tedious for customers and underwriters alike. Collecting documents, filling forms, and waiting for decisions are frustrating, with lots of manual overhead and outdated document management systems. This represents significant inefficiency — Accenture estimates a whopping $160 billion productivity loss over five years across the global insurance industry.

The introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into document processing is set to revolutionize this industry. AI claims processing integrates Machine Learning (ML), Optical Character Recognition (OCR), workflow automation, and data analytics to streamline the process, making it faster, more reliable, and more efficient.

This article explores how artificial intelligence can help you achieve end-to-end automation in the insurance claims process.

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The mechanics of AI-driven claims processing

Traditionally, the claims process has been labor-intensive. It involves multiple steps: claim initiation, data entry, validation, decision-making, and payout.

AI-powered document processing can assist insurance providers in extracting data from claim documents in a faster and more efficient manner.
AI-powered document processing can assist insurance companies in extracting data from claim documents faster and more efficiently.

Let’s say you have a car insurance claim. You'd have to provide myriad documents — accident reports, repair estimates, medical bills, if applicable, and so forth. These documents must be manually reviewed, verified, and approved, which takes time and resources.

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Notes and assumptions (click to expand)
  • This calculator provides a simplified estimate of the potential ROI from implementing Nanonets.
  • The hourly rate should represent the average hourly wage of employees involved in manual claim processing.
  • The calculation assumes that the time saved by automating claim processing will be fully reallocated to other productive tasks.
  • The calculator uses Nanonets' Pro Plan pricing as a basis for comparison. Nanonets also offers a pay-as-you-go model suitable for smaller businesses or lower document volumes, with the first 500 pages free and a charge of $0.3 per page thereafter.
  • The calculation assumes a consistent monthly claim volume and average pages per document throughout the year.
  • The actual time saved by automating claim processing may vary depending on factors such as claim complexity and system efficiency.
  • Implementing AI claim processing may require some upfront investment in terms of time and resources for setup, integration, and training.
  • The calculator provides a high-level estimate and should not be relied upon as a precise financial projection.

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AI claims processing replaces this tedious manual process with advanced technology to automate and streamline these tasks.

Here's a simplified breakdown of how it works:

Step 1: Document ingestion

The AI system ingests the documents digitally, either through scanning physical documents or accepting digital files. This could include formats like PDFs, emails, and scanned images.

Document import options available on Nanonets
Document import options available on Nanonets

Step 2: Document understanding

Here's how AI-powered OCR tools extract relevant information from documents
Here's how AI-powered OCR tools extract relevant information from documents

Next, the AI identifies and understands the information within the documents. It can extract key data points, like health insurance numbers, accident details, and costs, even from unstructured data.

Step 3: Data validation

The field with the errors will be flagged
The field with the errors will be flagged.

The system will then validate the extracted data against predefined rules and databases. This could include checking policy details, confirming accident details with third-party databases, and verifying cost estimates.

Step 4: Decision making

Create rules for automatic approvals or approval hierarchies for manual approvers.
Create rules for automatic approvals or approval hierarchies for manual approvers.

The AI system can then send the processed claim documents to the concerned department for final approval. It can also auto-approve claims based on specific criteria, significantly speeding up the process.

Step 5: Payout

Integrate the tool with your payment solution to automatically initiate payments
Integrate the tool with your payment solution to automatically initiate payments.

Once approved, the processed files can be exported directly to the payment system to initiate the payout. The system can also notify the claimant of the final decision, providing transparency and improving customer satisfaction.

Tips to streamline your claim processing workflow with AI

Claims processing workflows are ripe for automation with AI. By handling repetitive tasks like data extraction and document routing, AI systems allow insurance companies' staff to focus on higher-value claim assessment.

Here are a few tips to leverage AI capabilities and streamline your claims processing workflows for greater efficiency.

1. Enhance data accuracy with best-in-class OCR

Manual data entry is prone to errors and inaccuracies. While traditional OCR technologies can help, they often fall short when dealing with complex or unstructured documents.

Nanonets can help you capture data from documents with remarkable precision
Nanonets can help you capture data from documents with remarkable precision.

Nanonets' AI-powered OCR technology provides error-free data extraction capabilities, even from unstructured documents. It accurately captures and digitizes vital details from your documents, drastically reducing manual entry errors and saving significant processing time. Moreover, it overcomes language barriers, region-specific laws, and currency formats, making it a powerful tool in your claims-processing workflow.

2. Enable real-time validation

Integrate rules-based validation of extracted claim data against databases of policies, claims history, etc. This instantly flags any discrepancies for review before claims move further, reducing fraud and errors.

See the list of errors, and see who the file was assigned to for manual review.
See the list of errors and see who the file was assigned to for manual review.

With Nanonets, you can effortlessly verify a claimant's policy number, personal details, and accident description against multiple databases. This automated process ensures that any discrepancies are flagged and sent for manual verification, providing you with accurate and reliable information every time.

2. Automate document routing

Create automated workflows to sort and classify incoming claims based on their nature, value ranges, policy categories, and other relevant factors. Afterward, these claims can be directed to the appropriate processing teams for timely and efficient handling.

Nanonets allows the admin to set up approval stages and edit them accordingly.
Nanonets allows the admin to set up approval stages and edit them accordingly.

Nanonets can seamlessly capture and process crucial information from various sources, regardless of language or structure. Using its contextual understanding of documents, Nanonets efficiently categorizes and directs the data to the appropriate team, saving significant time and effort that would otherwise be spent manually sorting through it.

3. Trigger proactive alerts

Automatically notify stakeholders of claim progress via email, SMS, or in-app alerts to increase transparency and customer satisfaction.

Get real-time visibility into the processing and approval cycle of your documents on Nanonets
With Nanonets, you can keep track of your document processing and approval cycle in real time.

Nanonets brings an end to the hassle of customers checking for updates on their claims by enabling you to send real-time alerts to claimants about the status of their claims, from under review to approval and even payout initiation. This adds convenience to their experience and enhances their overall satisfaction.

4. Ensure scalable processing

Cloud-based AI solutions can scale seamlessly to handle increasing claim loads without additional infrastructure. This saves costs with no in-house infrastructure upgrades needed for growth in claim volumes.

Nanonets offers pay-as-you-go pricing where you can quickly scale up or down based on your needs. Its cloud-based AI engine handles increasing claim volumes effortlessly, ensuring consistent performance regardless of the load.

5. Strengthen fraud detection

Enhance your fraud detection strategies with AI-powered predictive analytics. Implement rules to flag suspicious claims based on patterns identified from historical data.

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With Nanonets, you can leverage AI to spot fraudulent patterns, flagging suspicious claims for further investigation. This helps you minimize losses due to fraud.

6. Ensure seamless data flow between systems

Let’s say you have a form on your website where customers can file claims. The submitted information should automatically flow into your claims processing system. If you are a Nanonets user, you can set up Zapier integration to import and extract data from your Webflow or Shopify forms directly into your Nanonets dashboard.

This seamless data flow eliminates manual data entry, accelerating processing times and reducing errors. Moreover, you’ll be able to act quicker on claims, creating a streamlined customer experience.

7. Implement data transformation for better data quality

Ingest data from documents and forms into standardized digital format for easy analysis. Clean noisy data, validate information, and enrich data with external sources.

Set up data transformation workflows to enhance the data quality
Set up data transformation workflows to enhance the data quality.

With Nanonets, you can use our rule-based no-code workflows to automate data enhancement tasks such as date formatting, database lookup, data matching, and even removing commas or capitalizing data.

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Tired of claims backlogs and endless delays?

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Final thoughts

Insurance companies can find it challenging to navigate the complex landscape of claim processing. Manual processes are time-consuming, prone to errors, and lack transparency and efficiency.

With Nanonets' AI-OCR capabilities, insurance companies can automate and streamline their claims process. Embrace the future of claim processing with Nanonets. Increase your processing speed, reduce costs, and deliver a superior customer experience.