Release Date: Apr-30-2013
Valen Re-Brands, Broadens Scope of Analytics to Address Key Underwriting Needs with Proprietary Data, Portfolio Management, and Predictive Modeling
DENVER – April 30, 2013 – Today, Valen Analytics, a provider of proprietary data, analytics and predictive modeling to help all insurance carriers manage and drive underwriting profitability, has re-branded and also unveiled the first of its new products, the InsureRight Platform. Originally launched in 2011, Valen Analytics is now expanding InsureRight into a full-featured solution, made up of two components – Manage and Predict . Carriers will gain statistically valid portfolio insights that they can distribute to individual underwriters in simple, easy-to understand language. For the first time, performance metrics and portfolio risk characteristics can be derived using a carrier’s own data coupled with Valen’s contributory data set, reducing selection bias inherent in making decisions solely on their own experience.
The Manage suite of the InsureRight Platform is currently being rolled out and offers comprehensive portfolio management capabilities. The Predict component of the platform continues to provide carriers with transactional model deployment for risk selection and pricing accuracy, transforming how underwriters will interact with predictive scores.
Carriers utilize the InsureRight Platform to identify pockets of pricing inadequacy and redundancy, enabling them to leverage both Valen’s proprietary industry data and loss ratio predictions across their own book of business. This industry first allows carriers’ to spot trends proactively occurring in their in-force book and make adjustments to market positioning, schedule rating, underwriting appetite, and risk selection. The Valen Analytics database includes more than 20 million policies scored using robust predictive models, presenting an industry standard platform uniquely built to help carriers achieve underwriting profitability.
“We have a proprietary data set built from information which carriers do not have access to on their own,” said Dax Craig, President and CEO of Valen Analytics.
“By opening up our contributory and anonymous database to the industry, we’re helping carriers avoid the selection bias that can occur when they use their own data for analysis purposes. No single carrier, no matter how large, has detailed policy and claims data on the policies they did not write. As a result, it has been very difficult for underwriters to be both consistent and accurate in pricing and risk selection.”
“Implementing the InsureRight Platform company-wide allows us to use data, analysis and systematic reasoning to reduce risks, decrease selection bias, improve efficiency and increase our underwriting profitability,” said Craig Menzl, President & CEO of FFVA Mutual Insurance Company.
With the InsureRight Platform, Valen is also solving a problem that carriers of all sizes face – not being able to fully access and analyze their own data. Carriers can now take advantage of a wide breadth of analytics and portfolio management features as part of the Manage component of InsureRight, which includes the following:
“As insurance carriers seek to profitably grow their business in today’s challenging marketplace, predictive analytics is becoming more widely accepted as a key strategic tool for integrating advanced data, risk selection and pricing,” said Donna Grier, Vice President of Underwriting for FFVA Mutual Insurance Company.
Valen’s InsureRight Platform allows carriers to implement an analytics solution tailored for each organization. For the first time, carriers have the ability to start with sophisticated analytical tools and rich data, and adopt usage as they see fit, without the need to choose between analyzing portfolio performance solely on their own data or fully implementing predictive scores within the underwriting workflow. The InsureRight Platform offers the flexibility that carriers need, including a management view to drive strategy, new guidelines or to incorporate predictive scores within underwriting which allows for more visibility to understand adoption and better assess model and portfolio performance. With this new platform, Valen continues to support underwriting profitability and applies to all lines of business including Homeowners, Workers Compensation, Commercial Auto, Telematics, Commercial Package, and BOP.
The full-featured suite of InsureRight will be available in May. The company also revealed a new corporate website to match this new corporate focus. More information can be found online at www.valen.com.
About Valen Analytics
Valen Analytics helps carriers manage and segment their portfolios in order to drive underwriting profitability. Valen’s InsureRight Platform is the only solution with proprietary insight into portfolio metrics and risk characteristics to identify pockets of pricing inadequacy and redundancy. A dynamic portfolio management tool provides access to Valen’s contributory database containing policy level analysis not available elsewhere. The Valen contributory database has scored over 20 million policies using robust predictive models in Homeowners, Workers Compensation, Commercial Auto, Telematics, Commercial Package, and BOP. Learn more about Valen at www.valen.com.
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