IBAC Data Exchange Working Group Completes First Reusable Data Service

Toronto, ON (Sept. 10, 2019) – The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC) is pleased to announce that the Data Exchange Working Group has completed the first Reusable Data Service (RDS), demonstrating the efficacy of this approach and setting the stage for future success.

Building on the work of the Toronto Insurance Council (TIC) and in conjunction with IBAC brokers, the Working Group has developed the First Notice of Loss (FNOL) transaction as an RDS and placed it in a library hosted at the Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO). This represents an important milestone in the efforts to advance broker-insurer connectivity by enabling the sharing of information between disparate systems.

“This RDS allows insurance brokers to enter a FNOL into their broker management system, send it to an insurance carrier, and receive an acknowledgement and claims number back from the carrier in real-time,” said Gina McFetridge, Chair of the IBAC Technology Committee. “Implementation will result in a significant enhancement to the consumer experience, and reduce administration costs for both brokers and carriers.”

The rigorous development process began with the creation of a transactional use case utilizing CSIO data standards and IBAC Data Exchange Principles. Customer Software Solutions Inc. then contributed their extensive knowledge and expertise to develop the RDS, which was vetted through the CSIO Testing Facility and four insurance carriers to ensure it could be adopted into different operational environments.

Now complete, the RDS is freely available in CSIO’s non-proprietary Reusable Data Services Library. CSIO vendor and carrier members are able to download and implement it within their own environment, allowing them to develop and deploy their own solutions significantly more quickly and cost effectively than by working on their own.

“IBAC is pleased that the Data Exchange Working Group is delivering on its promise to advance real-time connectivity in Canada,” said Peter Braid, IBAC CEO. “We have entered into a new era of cooperation and I am proud to see insurance brokers leading the way and facilitating this important industry-wide initiative for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders.”

Leveraging the valuable learnings of the FNOL exercise, the Data Exchange Working Group expects to have three more RDSs in the CSIO Library by the end of 2019 – billing inquiry, claims inquiry and claims run request. Additional RDSs for both personal and commercial lines will be developed in 2020. Work is being prioritized by transaction types that will bring the highest value to the end customer and greatest savings to the industry.

“With the heavy lifting done on the FNOL Reusable Data Service, we feel confident in achieving our goal to release three additional RDSs by the end of the year,” said Kim Opheim, Broker Technology and Innovation Lead for IBAC. “In 2020, we will be in a position to apply our proven working group process to take on the more complicated transactions that brokers use every day. This will accelerate output and industry connectivity, which is critical to achieving widespread contribution and utilization of the Reusable Data Services Library, and real-time connectivity across the industry.”

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SOURCE: Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC)

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