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How chatbots are changing the Insurance sector – Five examples

Insurance chatbots are the new buzzword ruling the insurance companies currently. The primary objective of a chatbot is to provide a faster and an efficient system for communication with the customers and streamline the tedious insurance tasks. The insurance sector is playing hard to automate their on-boarding, sales and training processes and make it available for the hand-held devices. But, the significant issues still lies with the sales force management where customers are a lot more aware, and the insurance products are more sophisticated and specific. A chatbot is the real game changer when it comes to salesforce management and revolutionizing the Insurance processes.

Here is a list of a few examples of how IT is transforming the insurance:

1. Virtual customer representative:

The typical scenario of the manual customer care system goes like putting the customer on hold with a constant background reminder that you need to wait for a few more minutes as our customer representative is on another call. It has always been a turn off for a customer because it is annoying, time-consuming and lacks efficiency. Insurance chatbots are here to put an end to these tiresome phone calls. Chatbot act as a virtual customer representative who is available at all the times. With the help of natural processing and artificial intelligence, they process the customer’s queries in just a few seconds with a personalized response. The total number of queries that can be handled by insurance chatbots is incomparable to the real customer care support.

2. Saving costs:

Business insider has predicted that implementation of insurance chatbots can save up to $12bn of labor costs.  Insurance firms often invest a massive amount of money in recruiting, training and mentoring a workforce to make it eligible for the insurance processes. Leveraging the benefits of AI, and natural language processing and developing the agent, and customer chatbots can help to save substantially on these costs.

3. Better understanding with the customers:

  When it comes to insurance then it is the most intimidating sector for the customers. 72% of the people are of the belief that they are not able to decipher the Insurance jargons used by insurance companies. It doesn’t give them a clear picture of what they are getting into when buying an insurance plan which makes them quite skeptical about investing in insurance. Chatbot is a great way to provide the straightforward answers to the customers and make them understand better.

4. Cut-down redundant processes:

The excessive paperwork involved with insurance lifecycle needs a dedicated workforce to manage it. Not just insurance agents but even the customers dread it. Chatbots together with AI make these processes much faster and easy that saves a lot of time. Though this is still in the nascent stages of development, it will be one of the key advantages of insurance chatbots in the future.

5. Providing customized solutions:

  Customers can get solutions tailored to their needs instantly through chatbot. They will need to provide information like their salary, savings, what are they looking for in the insurance plan, duration and an automated insurance solution based on those inputs is presented to them. Apart from that they can also set renewable insurance dates, access their documents online, set reminder with the help of Insurtech Chatbot implementation.

Though there has been a surge in the use of Chatbots for insurance, still it has a long way to go. InsureTech responsible for implementation of IT in insurance companies needs to come up with more effective solutions to make the customer engagement a lot more pleasant and user-friendly.

Start your chatbot journey with Mantra Labs today. Know more https://www.mantralabsglobal.com/

References:

https://www.streebo.com/blog/how-ai-powered-chatbots-changing-insurance-sector/

https://venturebeat.com/2018/06/19/why-insurance-companies-are-betting-big-on-ai-powered-chatbots/

https://www.streebo.com/blog/chatbot-insurance-industry-chatting-betting-high-on-smart-bots/

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Enhancing digital patient experience with healthcare chatbots

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Chatbots are fast emerging at the forefront of user engagement across industries. In 2021, healthcare is undoubtedly being touted as one of the most important industries due to the noticeable surge in demand amid the pandemic and its subsequent waves. The Global Healthcare Chatbots Market is expected to exceed over US$ 314.63 Million by 2024 at a CAGR of 20.58%.

Chatbots are being seen as those with high potential to revolutionize healthcare. They act as the perfect support system to agents on the floor by providing the first-step resolution to the customer, in terms of understanding intent and need, boost efficiency, and also improve the accuracy of symptom detection and ailment identification, preventive care, feedback procedures, claim filing and processing and more.

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital tools in healthcare, most commonly chatbots, rose to the forefront of healthcare solutions. Providence St. Joseph Health, Mass General Brigham, Care Health Insurance (formerly Religare), and several other notable names built and rolled out artificial intelligence-based chatbots to help with diagnostics at the first stage before a human-human virtual contact, especially while differentiating between possible COVID-19 cases and other ailments. The CDC also hosts an AI-driven chatbot on its website to help screen for coronavirus infections. Similarly, the World Health Organization (WHO) partnered with a messaging app named Ratuken Viber, to develop an interactive chatbot for accurate information about COVID-19 in multiple languages. This allowed WHO to reach up to 1 billion people located anywhere in the world, at any time of the day, in their respective native languages.

For Care Health Insurance, Mantra Labs deployed their Conversational AI Chatbot with AR-based virtual support, called Hitee, trained to converse in multiple languages. This led to 10X interactions over the previous basic chatbot; 5X more conversions through Vanilla Web Experience; Drop-in Customer Queries over Voice Support by 20% among other benefits.

Artificial Intelligence’s role in the healthcare industry has been growing strength by strength over the years. According to the global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, AI spending in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries is expected to increase from $463 million in 2019 to more than $2 billion over the next 5 years, healthtechmagazine.net has reported. 

Speaking of key features available on a healthcare chatbot, Anonymity; Monitoring; Personalization; collecting Physical vitals (including oxygenation, heart rhythm, body temperature) via mobile sensors; monitoring patient behavior via facial recognition; Real-time interaction; and Scalability, feature top of the list. 

However, while covering the wide gamut of a healthcare bot’s capabilities, it is trained on the following factors to come in handy on a business or human-need basis. Read on: 

Remote, Virtual Consults 

Chatbots were seen surging exponentially in the year 2016, however, the year 2020 and onwards brought back the possibility of adding on to healthcare bot capabilities as people continued to stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Chatbots work as the frontline customer support for Quick Symptom Assessment where the intent is understood and a patient’s queries are answered, including connection with an agent for follow-up service, Booking an Appointment with doctors, and more. 

Mental Health Therapy

Even though anxiety, depression, and other mental health-related disorders and their subsequent awareness have been the talk around the world, even before the pandemic hit, the pandemic year, once again could be attributed to increased use of bots to seek support or a conversation to work through their anxiety and more amid trying times. The popular apps, Woebot and Wysa, both gained popularity and recognition during the previous months as a go-to Wellness Advisor. 

An AI Wellness Advisor can also take the form of a chatbot that sends regular reminders on meal and water consumption timings, nutrition charts including requisite consultation with nutritionists, lifestyle advice, and more. 

Patient Health Monitoring via wearables 

Wearable technologies like wearable heart monitors, Bluetooth-enabled scales, glucose monitors, skin patches, shoes, belts, or maternity care trackers promise to redefine assessment of health behaviors in a non-invasive manner and helps acquire, transmit, process, and store patient data, thereby making it a breeze for clinicians to retrieve it as and when they need it.

Remote patient monitoring devices also enable patients to share updates on their vitals and their environment from the convenience and comfort of home, a feature that’s gained higher popularity amid the pandemic.

A healthcare chatbot for healthcare has the capability to check existing insurance coverage, help file claims and track the status of claims. 

What’s in store for the future of chatbots in Healthcare? 

The three main areas where healthcare chatbots can be particularly useful include timely health diagnostics, patient engagement outside medical facilities, and mental health care. 

According to Gartner, conversational AI will supersede cloud and mobile as the most important imperative for the next ten years. 

“For AI to succeed in healthcare over the long-term, consumer comfort and confidence should be front and center. Leveraging AI behind the scenes or in supporting roles could collectively ease us into understanding its value without risking alienation,” reads a May 2021 Forbes article titled, The Doctor Is In: Three Predictions For The Future Of AI In Healthcare. 

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