7 Digital Challenges Facing the Insurance Industry (2024)

Insurance challenges

The insurance industry is a highly regulated sector that protects businesses and individual policyholders from liabilities to their assets, homes, and health. This unique positioning, combined with the digital transformation of insurance, creates various challenges for the industry. 

In this article, we’ll discuss seven of the most critical challenges facing the insurance industry today and present solutions for P&C insurance providers to overcome these barriers to succeed in today’s digital world.

What are the biggest challenges facing insurance companies?

  1. Digital transformation of core legacy systems
  2. Risk assessment and underwriting challenges
  3. Upskilling employees with new digital skills
  4. Claims processing and fraud
  5. Meeting evolving customer expectations with better experiences
  6. Talent shortages and workforce challenges
  7. Catastrophe claims management

7 Digital Challenges Facing Insurance Companies

Here are a few of the most critical digital challenges that face insurance providers:

1. Digital transformation of core legacy systems

Like many sectors, the insurance industry has faced challenges adapting and adopting rapid technological advancements. This digital transformation has changed how insurance providers model their businesses, provide services to customers, and operate internally.

While the benefits of new technology and digital advancements present massive opportunities and growth for providers, the legacy application modernization process creates challenges such as guiding policyholders and employees through the transformation, developing new digital business processes and applications, rethinking traditional business models, upskilling and supporting technology end-users, and more.

A few examples of new technology and enterprise software insurance providers must integrate into their infrastructure and workflows include:

2. Risk assessment and underwriting challenges

Insurance policies and premiums are determined by risk and underwriting. These complex and dynamic factors require careful analysis and innovative solutions when issues arise. From cybersecurity threats, adopting new automated underwriting processes, data quality issues, ever-evolving regulations, and underwriter end-user errors, insurance organizations must remain agile to ensure the accuracy and quality of assessments.

3. Upskilling employees with new digital skills

As technology, risks, and economies change, insurance agents and other employees require digital upskilling, guidance, and support from insurance providers to acquire new digital skill sets and reinforcement learning to succeed. 

This necessitates that organizations adopt philosophies of continuous learning, providing employees with frequent opportunities for upskilling and workplace training. This requires learning and development teams to invest in instructional design professionals, create contextual training content resources, and organize, manage, track, and analyze this repository of learning content, company knowledge, and training resources.

4. Claims processing and fraud

Processing claims and detecting fraud involves complex verification mechanisms that can pose challenges as fraudulent tactics evolve, when technology and resources are inadequate, and when processes aren’t standardized. The capacity to detect and prevent fraud is necessary to maintain the integrity of the company and the insurance industry. This is another area where digital transformation, advanced analytics, and even artificial intelligence are beneficial.

5. Meeting evolving customer expectations with better experiences

Evolving customer expectations require insurance providers to adapt to meet new demands and improve policyholder experiences. Today’s consumers expect efficient digital interactions, personalized coverage, data privacy, and a higher level of corporate social responsibility than ever before. Insurance companies must prioritize these expectations as they create products and build relationships with policyholders.

6. Talent shortages and workforce challenges

The quality of an insurance company’s workforce impacts its capacity to grow, adapt to changing markets, and provide exemplary customer service. Post-COVID has presented all organizations with talent shortages, and the insurance industry is no exception. 

This is further strained by the fact that 400,000+ insurance employees are expected to retire in the next two years, and that 44% of millennials are not interested in a career in the insurance industry.

Additional concerns in this area include succession planning, bridging skill gaps, building a diverse workforce, and appealing to the younger generations as they enter the workforce.

7. Catastrophe claims management

When it comes to natural disasters and other large-scale accidents, insurance companies are inundated with a surge of claims, which can overwhelm processing systems and personnel. As climate change and political unrest grows, insurance providers must address catastrophe claims management head on.

Employees need adequate resources and technology to respond quickly while ensuring compliance, providing stellar customer service, and guarding against fraud. Organizations need backup plans for when they require additional agent support.

How a DAP Enables Insurance Providers to Overcome Digital Challenges

As insurance companies have went digital, so too have the challenges these providers face – with almost all problems revolving around complex technologies and end-user challenges.

A digital adoption platform (DAP) like Whatfix empowers organizations to analyze and create better technology experiences that enable end-users with contextual in-app guidance and real-time end-user support that overlays your technology experiences for both internal employees and external policyholders.

1. Accelerate digital transformation with contextual end-user onboarding

With Whatfix, shorten time-to-proficiency for your application users, helping you to achieve technology ROI faster and achieve your digital transformation goals. 

Enable your end-users, both internal employees and external policyholders, to quickly adopt new technologies with contextual end-user onboarding built for specific roles with Whatfix’s in-app guidance and real-time support. Insurance providers can create in-app Task Lists and Tours to quicky onboard new and exisiting employees to software.

Create in-app Tours that guide end-users through new technology platforms and help them familize themselves with its UI, core features, and more.

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Use in-app Task Lists to guide new users through account setup and assist them in quickly finding value in your digital insurance investments.

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With Whatfix, insurance agents can build contextual experiences depending on end-user roles. For example, create contextual user flows and experiences for your claims agents and underwriters, or for agents in different geographical regions.

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“Although the Workday DAP has only been live for a few months, we’re achieving 94% user engagement and 91% self help search success. This accelerated proficiency ensures we capitalize faster on the great Workday attributes: employee engagement, streamlined people processes, and improved collaboration across the organization.”

Colleen Behnke, Learning and Performance Specialist, Sentry Insurance

2. Enable insurance agents and customer policyholders with in-app guidance

Technology can only maximize your operational efficiency and innovate your business if your end-users can adopt it. Without adoption, end-users struggle to use applications, utilize workflows improperly, enter dirty data, and more.

With Whatfix, insurance providers can provide real-time guidance with in-app elements like Flows, Smart Tips, and Field Validations.

With Flows, end-users are guided through complex digital processes with step-by-step walkthroughs. Each step handholds users through various stages of a workflow, helping to achieve process governance and workflow efficiency.

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Smart Tips provide additional content and information to end-users, at the moment of need, nudging them to take specific actions.

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Field Validation ensure your end-users are entering data correctly, in the right format, helping to keep your insurance data clean and complete.

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WHATFIX + GUIDEWIRE USE CASE
Overcoming Catastrophe Claims Processing Challenges With Smart Tips

This Fortune 500 insurance provider enabled their claims agents with in-app Smart Tips overlaying their Guidewire claims process. This enabled claims agents with state-specific guidelines for rare events such as natural disasters in the flow of work, reducing claims times, enabling claims agents in the moment of need, eliminating data entry errors, and providing faster claims service to policyholders at times of disaster.

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3. Embed real-time performance support into your applications

Post-implementation of new digital technologies, insurance providers are faced with the burden of internal employee and external policyholder IT support for their help desk team. This quickly becomes an issue for organizations, as traditional help desk methods are not scalable and don’t provide the level of real-time support needed in the digital age.

With Self Help from Whatfix, organizations can embed a resource center into their digital application’s UI. Self Help automatically crawls and aggregates your end-user training, onboarding, and support resources such as SOPs, FAQs, knowledge base articles, user guides, third-party resources, videos, and more into a searchable wiki. This knowledge center auto-populates with recommended performance support and help depending on where your end-users are in an application, as well as what their end-user role is.

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4. Provide reinforcement training in the flow of work

Post-training and onboarding, knowledge will be lost. This requires insurance providers to provide reinforcement learning for their employees to maximize their productivity, as well as performance support in the flow of work that guides end-users through complex workflows and digital processes.

With Whatfix, enable your employees with the performance support and reinforcement training they need, directly in their workflows, supporting process compliance and governance. This deflects internal IT support requests, creates self-sufficient technology end-users that learn by doing, and improves overall technology adoption.

5. Analyze end-user behavior to reduce friction and create optimal user experiences

With user behavior analytics, insurance organizations can analyze their technology experiences and make data-driven decisions to improve end-user experience and drive adoption.

With Whatfix, insurance providers can track any custom end-user event, allowing them to:

  • Analyze, map, and optimize end-user journeys and workflows across different roles and user segments.
  • Create the most efficient end-user onboarding flows.
  • Identify areas of end-user friction that causes dropoffs.
  • Conduct end-user cohort analysis to compare different types of users and journeys.
  • Monitor software license usage and end-user adoption.

Analyze user adoption, map journeys and flows, build user cohorts, and identify areas of friction all in Whatfix's no-code event tracking and adoption platform.

With Whatfix’s digital adoption platform and analytics suite, analyze, build, and deliver better end-user experiences to accelerate technology adoption and enable end-users to maximize software usage. Whatfix’s no-code system enables IT teams to analyze and measure digital adoption and product usage, create in-app guidance, and provide self-help user support.

Enable your employees, agents, and policyholders to use insurance apps and software better with Whatfix

Whatfix’s DAP enables insurance companies to achieve digital transformation and streamline the adoption of software and technology by enabling end-users with contextual, guided experiences, including:

  • Contextual end-user onboarding experiences with Tours and Task Lists that drive early technology adoption.
  • In-app Flows that guide end-users step-by-step throug complex insurance processes, like claims adjustments or process catastrophe claims.
  • Real-time end-user support with Self Help that aggreates all SOPs, documentation, support, training, and more into one searchable wiki.
  • Smart Tips that provide in-app nudges and additional context.
  • Pop-Ups and Beacons that communicate alerts, announcements, and process changes
  • Improved your data quality through Field Validation
  • User Actions for agent behavior analytics to improve training effectiveness and end-user adoption 
  • In-app Surveys for collecting customer and employee feedback.

Software clicks better with Whatfix's digital adoption platform

Enable your employees with in-app guidance, self-help support, process changes alerts, pop-ups for department announcements, and field validations to improve data accuracy.

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