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Underwriting Process Automation

All-Around Overview

Bringing 12 years of experience in insurance software development, ScienceSoft delivers solutions for prompt and smooth automation of underwriting processes.

Automated Underwriting in Insurance - ScienceSoft
Automated Underwriting in Insurance - ScienceSoft

Underwriting Automation in a Nutshell

Underwriting automation is meant to eliminate low-value manual efforts across insurance application processing, risk assessment, premium calculation, policy issuance and renewal.

An automated underwriting system can be augmented with artificial intelligence (AI) to provide intelligent guidance on optimal insurance pricing and enable instant detection of insurance fraud.

  • Key integrations: CRM, a customer portal, a claim management system, accounting software, etc.
  • Implementation time: 9–12+ months for a custom underwriting automation system.
  • Development costs: $200,000–$600,000+, depending on the automation solution’s complexity. Use our free calculator to estimate the cost for your case.
  • Average payback period: <12 months.

Main Underwriting Processes to Automate

According to Accenture, 80% of insurance executives believe that automation, AI, and ML-based analytics can drive high value for their business. Underwriting is considered one of the largest use case segments for insurance automation. Capgemini emphasizes that automated insurance underwriting is comparatively easy to implement and has a high-benefit upside. GlobalData’s recent report names AI-supported underwriting a key emerging area of insurtech innovation that can potentially disrupt the entire industry.

Some of the promising underwriting areas to automate are:

Data intake

Employ AI, RPA, and NLP techs to get instant aggregation and accurate processing of insurance applications and customer documents. <10% of processing tasks will require human involvement.

Task management

Leverage intelligent triaging and automated assignment of underwriting tasks to maximize revenue potential and drive high team performance.

Risk assessment

Use advanced big data analytics and integrate your underwriting solution with multiple data sources to get a precise assessment of customer-associated risks in minutes rather than days.

Risk pricing

Apply AI to ensure efficient, fair, and competitive insurance pricing. Implement an innovative dynamic pricing model to drive up to 15% growth in revenue.

Policy management

Drive the increase in customer satisfaction and maintain a high retention rate by offering quicker issuing, updating, and renewal of insurance policies thanks to the end-to-end automation of a policy cycle.


Achieve 100% compliance of underwriting operations with the internal policies and required legal regulations with no manual hassle by applying regular automated compliance checks.

Key Features of an Underwriting Automation System

ScienceSoft creates automated underwriting solutions with unique functional capabilities tailored to each of our clients’ specific needs. Below, our consultants compiled a list of features that form the core of comprehensive underwriting automation software:

Automated processing of insurance applications

  • Automated conversion of paper application documents into a pre-defined digital format using optical character recognition (OCR).
  • Support for various insurance application formats (PDF, XML, digital images, etc.).
  • ML-supported data extraction from insurance applications.
  • AI-based validation of insurance applications.
  • Flagging the applications that contain missing, inaccurate, or contradictory data and automatically routing them for manual check.
  • Geography-based AML/KYC verification for new insurance clients.
  • Rule-based decision-making on the insurance application approval or decline.
  • AI-powered triaging of insurance applications based on their expected profitability.
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Task management automation

  • Automated task assignments to the underwriters based on their qualification, availability, location, etc.
  • Automated creation and updating of underwriting task lists.
  • Rule-based prioritization of underwriting tasks.
  • Configurable dashboards providing underwriters with an overview of assigned tasks, their priority and deadlines.
  • AI-powered analysis of underwriting events and instant detection of underwriter fraud and non-compliance.
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Automated risk assessment

  • AI-powered evaluation and scoring of customer-associated risks (mortality risks, health risks, financial risks, property risks, driving risks, etc.) based on the analysis of:
    • Data and documents submitted by customers (bank statements, proof of employment, medical history, etc.).
    • Data obtained from third parties (e.g., credit rating bureaus, medical information bureaus, business registries, title registries, environmental databases, satellite imagery, GIS, and telematics plaftorms).
    • (for existing clients) A customer’s past insurance coverage and claims history.
  • Risk scenario modeling, what-if analysis, and automated risk impact evaluation based on custom actuarial models.
  • User-defined rules for customer segmentation based on the risk score.
  • Configurable insurance coverage terms for various customer segments (e.g., offering lower coverage amounts for clients with higher risk scores).
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Insurance pricing automation

  • User-defined rules for automated segmentation of insurance prices based on:
    • The type of insurance policy (e.g., applying a higher premium amount to the extreme sports insurance).
    • Customer financial status, health status, location, claim history, etc. (e.g., charging higher premiums from smokers, customers from regions with high frequency of natural disasters, etc.).
  • Scenario modeling and what-if analysis for various insurance pricing strategies.
  • Rule-based and AI-supported calculation of the optimal insurance prices based on the analysis of:
    • Customer-associated risks.
    • Price elasticity for each customer segment.
    • Requirements for the insurance product profitability.
    • User-defined price optimization rules (e.g., keeping prices within specified thresholds).
  • Automated communication of the estimated insurance price to the insurance agent and the customer.
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  • Automated generation of insurance policies from case-specific templates (for life insurance, auto insurance, general liability insurance, etc.).
  • Automated multi-department policy approval workflow.
  • E-signing of the insurance policies.
  • Scheduled and ad hoc policy submissions to customers.
  • Insurance billing automation.
  • Automated policy endorsement with new policyholder data, coverage and premium terms triggered by a customer request or changes in the insurer’s internal policies.
  • Rule-based policy renewal and termination.
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Dynamic insurance pricing

  • AI-enabled real-time calculation of optimal personalized insurance prices based on:
    • A policyholder’s geographic location.
    • Type of activity the insured is involved in and their health state.
    • (for commercial insurance) Facility conditions and asset utilization.
    • (for driving and carrier insurance) Driving behavior, traffic and weather conditions.
  • User-defined triggers for automated insurance repricing, e.g., change in a customer’s location or lifestyle, unsafe manufacturing or driving conditions, etc.
  • Instant notifications to customers on the insurance price updates.
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  • Real-time calculation of the essential underwriting metrics, such as insurance sales by period, new policies per agent, an average policy amount, underwriting speed, customer retention rate, etc.
  • Template-based creation of underwriting reports.
  • Scheduled and ad hoc report submission to the relevant employees and legal authorities.
  • ML-powered forecasting of insurance demand, revenue, and expenses based on the analysis of customer purchasing behavior, risks, loss history, competitors’ prices, and more.
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Security and compliance

  • Full audit trail of underwriting activities.
  • Compliance with KYC/AML and OFAC requirements, NAIC, NICB, IFRS17, CCPA, CPRA, GLBA, SOC1 and SOC2, NYDFS cybersecurity requirements (for New York), SAMA and IA regulations (for the KSA), MCEV principles and GDPR (for the EU), HIPAA (for health insurance), and more.
  • Role-based access control.
  • Multi-factor authentication.
  • Data encryption in transfer and at rest.
  • Intelligent UEBA.
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Automate Underwriting with Professionals

ScienceSoft’s team is ready to design and build a robust automated underwriting system to improve the speed and accuracy of your underwriting operations and increase overall business profitability.

Essential Integrations for an Automated Underwriting System

ScienceSoft recommends establishing the following key integrations to minimize human involvement in the underwriting operations and accelerate the underwriting cycle:

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  • For faster processing of insurance applications.
  • To instantly inform the customers of the insurance approval or decline and speed up policy submission to the clients.


  • To streamline policy creation and renewal.
  • To keep the insurance agents up to date on the issued policies and due premium amounts.
  • For data-driven planning of marketing and distribution activities.
  • To consider a customer’s claim history when recalculating the insurance premium.
  • For streamlined claim validation.
  • To automatically record data on due payments in the general ledger and the accounts receivable ledger.
  • To timely trigger insurance termination.

Third-party data sources

For data-driven risk assessment and pricing, real-time premium recalculation under a dynamic pricing model.

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  • Internal systems of the credit rating bureaus, medical information bureaus, social security administration, police administration, etc.
  • IoT ecosystems of commercial customers, telematics providers, smart utility companies, etc.



Communication channels

For seamless omnichannel interaction with customers.

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Mail services, messaging services, auto dialing systems, etc.


How to Achieve Max ROI for Automation in Underwriting?

Relying on 12-year expertise in insurance digitalization, ScienceSoft’s consultants defined a range of factors that help drive high payback from an automated underwriting system:

Maximized degree of automation

To free underwriters from time-consuming manual tasks like processing applications, scoring customer risks, generating quotes, and more.

Robust security

To prevent insurance fraud, sensitive data leakage and guarantee reliable protection against cyber attacks.

To get a precise risk assessment and intelligent recommendations on the optimal personalized premium amounts and insurance coverage terms.

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Leveraging versatile data from all the relevant sources, including non-standard ones like social media, helps calculate insurance prices with full insight into the customers’ financial risks, health risks, business specifics, lifestyle, location, and other available risk and profitability factors.

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Ways to Automate Underwriting

Off-the-shelf insurance suite

OOTB automated underwriting tool

Custom underwriting system

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Implementing an all-in-one insurance software product that comprises functionality for underwriting process automation.

Implementing market-available underwriting software, which typically enables RPA-based processing of insurance applications, automated risk scoring and quoting, and provides underwriting task tracking dashboards.

Developing custom underwriting automation software to get all necessary functional and non-functional capabilities and achieve 100% compliance with all relevant legal frameworks.


Establishing a cohesive insurance automation environment.

A fast and cost-effective way to automate underwriting for insurance SMBs.

Fully tailored features. The ability to leverage advanced techs (AI/ML, big datablockchain smart contracts). Non-restricted scalability. Controllable security. Cost-effective integration with all necessary systems, including legacy software.


High licensing/subscription cost, especially for large teams. Chances to obtain a large share of unnecessary functionality. Limited integration capabilities. Risks of vendor lock-in.

Pre-defined features, integrations, security measures, and processing flows. Customization can be costly or impossible. May not provide compliance with your local insurance standards.

Custom design requires additional time and investments.

TCO components

Setup costs + customization and integration costs + licensing/subscription fees (typically high due to a wide range of covered digital insurance processes).

Setup costs + customization and integration costs + ongoing subscription fees that scale with the number of users.

Upfront investments in software design and development.

Lower TCO in the long run.

Which Approach to Underwriting Automation Fits Your Needs Best?

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You can go with off-the-shelf underwriting software

Looks like market-available solutions are a viable option to meet your automation needs. Turn to ScienceSoft if you need help with choosing the optimal ready-made tools, their implementation, customization, or integration with your existing systems.

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You definitely should consider custom development

A tailor-made underwriting automation solution will help you reap the unique benefits that market-available software cannot offer. Turn to ScienceSoft to get the detailed assessment of a custom system’s feasibility for your business situation.

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Custom underwriting software is your best choice

Looks like market-available automation tools don’t fit your specific requirements and won’t be able to provide the expected operational and economic feasibility. Turn to ScienceSoft to get a consultation on custom underwriting software development and receive cost and ROI estimates.

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Underwriting Automation Costs

The costs and timelines to build an automated underwriting system may vary greatly depending on:

  • The scope and complexity of functional modules, including features powered by advanced techs.
  • Non-functional requirements: performance, scalability, availability, security, compliance, etc.
  • The number and complexity of integrations.
  • Role-specific requirements for UX and UI.
  • The chosen sourcing model (full outsourcing, partial outsourcing, or all in-house), and more.
Pricing Information

From ScienceSoft’s experience, a custom automated underwriting solution of average complexity costs around $200,000–$400,000. Building a comprehensive underwriting automation system powered with advanced analytics may cost $600,000+.

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NB! ScienceSoft can build your underwriting automation system from scratch or based on a low-code platform (e.g., Microsoft Power Apps). The latter option offers up to 70% development cost savings. However, it doesn’t allow introducing custom UX and UI design and provides limited room for advancing the solution’s performance.

Benefits of Underwriting Process Automation

Higher efficiency of underwriting teams

Automated underwriting systems enable insurers to establish straight-through risk evaluation, pricing, and quote creation flows for up to 90% of applications, driving an over 2x increase in underwriters’ productivity.

Faster underwriting flows

How long does automated underwriting take? Best-in-class automation solutions offer application processing in less than 4 minutes (compared to days or even weeks in case of a manual flow), which helps issue policies up to 95% quicker.

Cost-effective underwriting operations

The economics of underwriting automation are compelling: 10–25% operational cost savings (including labor and IT infrastructure expenses), potentially reaching 30–50% with AI-powered solutions. The investments in insurance underwriting automation typically pay off within 12 months.

Insurance revenue growth

Rule-based automation spurs an increase in underwriting capacity and accuracy due to minimized human involvement, and cognitive automation helps keep to the most profitable insurance prices, together driving a 10–15% increase in revenue.

Enhanced customer loyalty

Automated underwriting software helps prevent biased human decisions and ensures fair insurance pricing bound to each customer’s personalized risk, which can save the insureds up to 2x on premiums. With around half of policyholders saying that an individual approach affects their policy renewal decisions, automated underwriting becomes a go-to way for insurers to improve customer retention.

Underwriting Automation with ScienceSoft

In insurance software development since 2012, ScienceSoft provides full-scale consulting and development services to help establish effective automation in insurance underwriting.

Underwriting automation consulting

We design optimal functionality, architecture, and tech stack for your underwriting automation solution and advise you on the use of advanced techs. You also get a detailed project plan with cost and time estimates for risk-free software implementation.

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Implementation of underwriting automation

Depending on your needs, we cover the end-to-end development of an automated underwriting system or the evolution of your existing underwriting solution with modern automation techs. You benefit from prompt implementation, top-flight software quality, and proper user training.

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Our Customers Say

ScienceSoft demonstrated a deep understanding of our requirements, and their developers needed minimal supervision, keeping us updated on progress and potential hurdles along the way. What stood out was ScienceSoft's proactive suggestions for cost-saving architecture design and tech stack solutions. Their input ensured we stayed within budget without compromising on software quality. The value we derived from partnering with ScienceSoft is definitely worth the investment.

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About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is a global IT consulting and software development company headquartered in McKinney, Texas. Since 2012, we help insurance companies implement robust underwriting automation. Being ISO 9001- and ISO 27001-certified, we apply a mature quality management system and guarantee that cooperation with us does not pose any risks to our customers’ data security. Our mission is driving success for our insurance clients no matter what.