AAIS Launches IBM Blockchain-based Platform to Streamline Insurance Regulatory Reporting

The services bureau introduces openIDL as the first open blockchain platform focused on the collection and sharing of statistical data between insurance carriers and regulators.

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AAIS (American Association of Insurance Services; Lisle, Ill.) has introduced the openIDL (open Insurance Data Link), built on IBM Blockchain, to help automate insurance regulatory reporting. Using openIDL, AAIS aims to help streamline regulatory and compliance requirements while improving efficiency and accuracy for both insurers and state insurance departments, ultimately benefiting the entire industry, including policyholders.

AAIS is a not-for-profit advisory organization that consolidates and analyzes data to create loss reports and rating information for insurance carriers, as well as state insurance regulators. Since insurance carrier data needs to be shared among multiple parties in a safe, secure manner, AAIS characterizes openIDL as an ideal use of blockchain.

Ed Kelly, President and CEO, AAIS.

The new platform updates an antiquated compliance process and pioneers an advanced method whereby insurers can contribute data directly onto a secure blockchain platform to satisfy state regulatory requirements, according to an AAIS statement. openIDL stores data on an immutable blockchain ledger where historical and current information is recorded. Regulators are provided permissioned access to view only the information they need. Participating carriers will also be able to see their own data profile to understand how they compare to the market. “Ultimately, the goal of the openIDL is to turn expensive regulatory and compliance requirements into investments in operational efficiency and improved insights,” the AAIS statement says.

AAIS reports that it has established its own modern infrastructure and makes emerging technologies accessible to its members—which the organization constitute the kind of network to which blockchain is ideally suited. “We recognized the potential for blockchain to streamline the regulatory reporting process for our Member carriers, as well as the opportunity to improve security, accessibility and accuracy of data for regulators,” comments Ed Kelly, CEO, AAIS.

Driving Real Business Results

The AAIS openIDL is built on the IBM Blockchain Platform on the open source Hyperledger Fabric. Currently in pilot, several major insurers are in the process of being onboarded to the blockchain platform to provide regulatory reporting data, according to AAIS.

 Simplifying the process for insurance reporting using blockchain will create dynamic shifts in efficiency and provide the industry with new insights that will even benefit consumers, according to Sandip Patel, general manager, IBM Global Insurance Industry. “This is an exciting example of how blockchain can bring together an entire ecosystem of users and allow information to be shared in new ways to drive real business results,” he says. “Hyperledger Fabric’s support for private and confidential transactions allows insurers to share data with the network, knowing that they own their data and have control over who has access to it.”

While the initial phase of the openIDL focuses on data sharing and regulatory reporting, the open platform provides a foundation for even broader innovation and new applications in the future, while providing full privacy and confidentiality protection among parties, according to Patel.

AAIS serves as the openIDL administrator, providing unbiased governance for the blockchain platform within existing insurance regulatory frameworks. AAIS Members may participate in the openIDL blockchain as part of their existing or new Program Affiliations. AAIS welcomes participation in the openIDL from across the insurance industry through Membership and Data Affiliation.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For over a decade he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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