Insurtech was once a category of fintech. In the discussion of fintech's future development field at the 2015 WEF World Economic Forum, insurtech eventually became an important topic and was then widely discussed. Let's discuss how the mix of technology and insurance can bring an uplifting effect of employee wellbeing in the workplace.
As the name of “insurtech” implies, insurtech demonstrates how insurance services and emerging technologies are combined, so that insurance companies can improve processes and operational efficiency, develop more diversified products, reach unknown emerging markets, and provide customers with better insurance services and experience.
Artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain and automations are a few examples of technologies that are shaping the insurance sector.
According to a 2020 survey which aimed to understand the physical and mental health, stress handling habits and workplace environment of employees, 87% of the respondents face moderate or above stress, and 52% of the respondents suffer from mild or above anxiety. The main stressors include:
The survey found that 46% of enterprises did not provide employer support, while the stress and anxiety levels of respondents with support from enterprises were lower. It is not surprising that employees could suffer from the undesirable effects associated with mental illnesses, just to name a few:
With work-related stress being the second-largest source of stress as of June 2020, which accounts for 25%, it is high time employers seek more efficient ways to safeguard their employees’ mental health.
An increased preference for virtual health during the COVID-19 period such as general health support (56%) has been observed in a study. Some insurers in the market have long begun offering wearables to track your physical health, while StartupCare's virtual health assistant offers convenience for you to make a quick symptom check from your couch. What are the other emerging trends in insurtech that tackles mental health?
COVID-19 has pushed insurers to accelerate their advancement in wellness services based on the data we’ve seen above. Wellness programs are seen as a requirement for insurers to stay relevant and engage with their members. This area is often what insurtechs are better at in terms of acceleration because of their agility to pivot quickly in new territories.
Looking ahead of “wellness” in the broader sense of pure encouragement for the mass audience to stay active and adopt a healthy lifestyle - we’re shifting towards the digital therapeutics space, that aims at a range of specific conditions from mental health to diabetes.
“Technology gives us better ability to objectively quantify and understand how people are doing and personalise the type of therapy for the individual.” Dr. Bechara Saab from Mobio Interactive
StartupCare partners with Mobio Interactive, a digital therapeutics company to offer Am mindfulness app for the insured members of our group medical insurance plan. It supports the practice of mindfulness, helps improve focus and develops better mental resilience. Through the objectively quantified stress measurement function, enabled by its proprietary AI and computer vision technology, suitable mindfulness training is recommended for users. As a user, you can easily detect stress levels from your mobile device and become aware of any intervention needs in the early stage.
Physical health and healthcare consumption data are well captured by insurers, yet emotional health data remains as the blindspot for them.
Why is emotional health data important? There’s a strong correlation between physical and mental health, and this new data source can be factored into risk calculations in the underwriting process, or even to be used for continuous and underwriting and pricing (premium fluctuates dynamically based on real-time data).
When employers are selecting group medical insurance for their teams, consider the following benefits that augmented mental health platform could bring:
blüüm's mission is to incentivise physical and mental wellbeing of everyone to enjoy their every stage of their lives. Holistic health is at the core of our philosophy, which we believe is what makes people thrive.
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