Recent News on Blockchain and Smart Contracts within InsuranceRecent News on Blockchain and Smart Contracts within Insurance

Insurance, which has been characterized as a lagging industry compared to others when it comes to adopting new technologies and changes because of its traditionalist attitude toward doing business and dependence on legacy systems, is experiencing an unprecedented wave of transformation. This revolution is being driven by blockchain technology and smart contracts, which promise greater efficiency, transparency, and security. This blog is our third, and we flesh out the developments in this blockchain ecosystem and explore some of the opportunities brought by smart contracts in insurance.

1. Let’s Talk About Blockchain and Smart Contracts

What is blockchain? For those not in the know, blockchain is a decentralized digital ledger of transactions distributed across multiple computers. It makes sure that data is safe, unchangeable, and transparent, which means it cannot be changed easily after being recorded.

What are smart contracts? A smart contract is a self-executing contract, with the terms of the agreement between buyer and seller being directly written into lines of code. These contracts are automatically enforced and executed once the pre-defined rules have been met, removing intermediaries in the process.

2. Blockchain and Smart Contract Insurance Benefits

  • Increased Visibility and Trust: The decentralized feature of blockchain guarantees that everybody has the same numbers. This decreases conflicts between insurance companies, policyholders, and regulators, thus increasing trust among all stakeholders in the ecosystem.
  • Efficient: By automating claim processing and policy administration, smart contracts quicken transaction time, saving a lot of money for both parties.
  • Less Fraud: Since blockchain is immutable, it makes it difficult for fraudulent activities to pass even if they go unnoticed; this reduces the percentage of insurance fraud.
  • Cost Savings: Blockchain and smart contracts can reduce expenses for insurance companies by streamlining processes and removing intermediaries from transactions.
  • Improved Data Management: By harnessing the native capabilities of blockchain, there is added security and smooth processes for large datasets, including sensitive information.

3. Latest News and Developments

Accepted by Major Insurers: Most major insurance companies are actively investigating or implementing smart contracts on the blockchain. For instance, AXA has introduced Fizzy, a blockchain-powered flight delay insurance offer. It pays out compensation to the policyholders if their flight is delayed by over 2 hours.

Collaborative Initiatives: Such industry-wide collaborations are spiking now. Founded in 2016, B3i emerged as an effort by a consortium of major insurers and reinsurers to implement blockchain technology across the industry.

Governing Trends: more focus on acceptance of the blockchain in insurance. In some locations, like Bermuda, a regulatory framework encourages innovation and the adoption of blockchain-based insurance solutions.

Technological Innovations: For example, start-ups and tech companies are releasing new blockchain applications and platforms for insurance almost every month. Etherisc and Insurwave are pioneers in addressing particular insurance needs with the help of blockchain technology.

4. Challenges and Barriers

  • Regulatory challenges: blockchain and smart contracts have started to progressively be recognized by certain jurisdictions, but there are others in which the regulations are unclear or restrictive. This regulatory ambiguity can slow down mass adoption.
  • Legacy System Integration: Insurers need blockchain to seamlessly sync with older legacy systems in which their documents or information are currently stored. Incorporating new technologies into these old systems is hard and expensive.
  • Scalability: Blockchain, especially the public blockchain implementation, can have scalability issues. This, in turn, can slow down the processing time and increase costs.
  • Missing Standards: Blockchain implementation in insurance can be fragmented and lack interoperability due to the absence of common protocols and practices.
  • Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities: The security of blockchain is safe, but not totally without holes that can be exploited. The security of smart contracts and blockchain networks must be guaranteed to curb these potential vulnerabilities.

5. Opportunities Ahead

Innovation in Offerings Blockchain and smart contracts can develop innovative insurance products, like parametric insurance that pays out based on predetermined conditions (e.g., weather).

Smart contracts: Claim processing can be automated to speed up turnaround time, thereby reducing administrative costs and realizing customer satisfaction.

Customer Experience: With the use of blockchain, all processes are transparent and effective, which results in a better customer experience for those who start to rely on a company as they take care of their information.

Global Reach: The decentralized quality of the blockchain helps to ensure that insurance companies can already offer their services globally, making sure they reach all unserved markets and populations.

Data Sharing and Collaboration: By enabling private, secure data sharing between insurers and re-insurers, as well as other parties involved in an insurance transaction, they can better collaborate to assess risk more effectively.


The insurance sector is reimagining its operations with the advent of blockchain and smart contracts, rendering transparency, increased efficiency, cost savings, and lesser chances of fraud. These are becoming more popular among major insurers, and the advent of collaborative initiatives and regulatory developments is driving interest. But there are important challenges like regulatory uncertainty, integration with legacy systems, problems with scalability, a lack of standardization, and cybersecurity gaps. But with these challenges aside, they have the potential for innovation and improved claims processing, and they can provide an even better customer experience across markets globally by sharing data.

Q&A Section

Q: What is blockchain? Q: What is blockchain? A: It is a digital ledger in which transactions made in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly by other nodes, respectively, secured using cryptography; it also happens to be transparent, secure, and immutable as well.

A: How is insurance using smart contracts? Q: What are smart contracts? A smart contract is a self-executing contract where the terms have been written into code. How do smart contracts present insurance? – Smart contracts, written with rule-based logic encoded in them to automatically enforce and execute the contract when certain predefined conditions are met, enable seamless processes like claim processing and policy administration.

IAN: What are the advantages of using blockchain and smart contracts in insurance? Q: What are some of the benefits (improved transparency, efficiency, and fraud reduction)? Cost saving? Better control over data?

Q: What are the problems faced in communication among various users? The issues to be addressed are regulatory ambiguity, other entities’ compatibility of trials with native systems, scale differentiation, and associated alarm rates.

How can blockchain and smart contracts benefit the insurance industry? Capabilities include the ability to innovate in product offerings, process claims faster, deliver a world-class customer experience, establish global reach, and have improved data sharing capability and collaboration.

Blockchain and smart contracts could usher in a breath of fresh air for the insurance industry. With the solution of current challenges and the usage of opportunities, we will make possible greater efficiencies, transparency, and customer satisfaction, improving for a brighter, more innovative future with much greater safety.