SAN ANTONIO – USAA is one of the first U.S. life insurers to allow consumers to use electronic health records (EHR) to simplify the life insurance purchase process. On average, USAA has seen a 30-day reduction in time to acquire health records for participating members. The solution is currently available to applicants with patient portal access to their health records at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
“We can’t emphasize enough how important life insurance is to a financial plan, but we also understand that the process of obtaining a policy continues to introduce challenges industrywide,” says Dr. Steven Dunlap, medical director at USAA. “By using portal retrieval technology and existing EHR platforms, we can provide our members a more secure, easy way to supply records to get a policy decision as soon as possible.”
USAA worked with Cerner, a health care technology company, to test and implement the EHR retrieval technology named HealtheHistory. This solution is designed to reduce wait times and improve the overall experience of members whom health records are needed to complete the life insurance purchase process.
“Our members are our utmost priority,” says Bill White, vice president of Integrated Solutions. “At USAA, we are continuously seeking innovative financial solutions to better serve our members and help protect them faster. If a solution to an issue doesn’t exist, our mindset is to go out and find one.”
Traditionally, when applicants require health records to support their life insurance application, the process depends upon a medical provider manually sending out the records. This new EHR retrieval method allows for a much quicker and more secure exchange of health records by encrypting transmission and limiting access of electronic health records to only approved persons.
USAA data shows that one in three Americans do not carry life insurance, with many citing cost and the application process as obstacles to obtaining a policy. By utilizing EHR technology, USAA is able to expedite the application and underwriting process, without increasing cost for members. USAA seeks to be the provider of choice for the military community and is committed to finding solutions to help service members prepare for their future.
For more information regarding USAA life insurance, please visit USAA.com/life.
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