The insurance industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by digitalization, personalization, and growing importance of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and cybersecurity in insurance documentation and data analytics, predictive risk assessment, fraud detection, and smart policy management. In the last three years alone, there have been over 17,000 patents filed and granted in the insurance industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in insurance: insurance data analytics. Buy the report here.
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 70,000 patents to analyze innovation intensity for the insurance industry, there are 20+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Insurance data analytics is a key innovation area in insurance
Insurance data analytics refers to the process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data related to risk and insurance in order to gain insights and make informed decisions. It involves the use of advanced technologies and techniques to extract valuable information from large and complex datasets, enabling insurance companies to assess risks, improve underwriting processes, detect fraud, and optimize claims management.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 780+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established insurance companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of insurance data analytics.
Key players in insurance data analytics – a disruptive innovation in the insurance industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to insurance data analytics
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Ping An Insurance (Group) is one of the leading patent filers in insurance data analytics. The company has been at the forefront in utilizing advanced technologies such as AI, cloud, and big data to automate and improve the efficiency of the entire policy management system, from risk assessment and insurance documentation to evidence verification and claims processing.
In 2022, Ping An’s four insurance companies, including Ping An Life, Ping An P&C, Ping An Annuity, and Ping An Health, processed more than 200 million insurance claims, averaging more than 600,000 cases a day, according to the company’s 2022 Annual Insurance Claims Report, which was released in May 2023.
In terms of application diversity, Tractable held the top position, while State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and Yembo stood in second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, Memjet Technology leads the pack, followed by Partners Pharmacy and Tractable.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the insurance industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Insurance.