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September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY

Real-time automated claim processing: The surprising utility of NLP methods on non-text data

Amro Alkhatib (National Health Insurance Company-Daman)
9:30am–10:00am Tuesday, 09/11/2018
Data-driven business management
Location: 1A 08 Level: Beginner
Secondary topics:  Health and Medicine
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Daman is the largest health insurer in the United Arab Emirates. Since 2012, Daman has made important investments in people and technology to advance its analytical capabilities. With this analytical firepower and a historic dataset of 150 million claims, Daman was able to build and deploy a real-time ML-based claims processing engine that automates a significant portion of the manual claims processing workload, which could not be automated with simple medical rules.

Amro Alkhatib explains how Daman repurposed existing NLP methods to search through tens of millions of historic claim decisions in real time, to find the most similar historical claims for a newly submitted claim. A new claim is then decided on via a transparent voting mechanism of decisions taken on similar historical claims. This approach allows machine learning algorithms to go into production in a highly regulated industry.

Topics include:

  • Daman’s journey, from idea to productive use
  • Getting stakeholders on board for automation
  • The technical backend of comparing large claim volumes in real time
  • What non-NLP problems in your business could be solved by NLP technologies

This project was a joint effort with a team of data scientists from Daman and D One Solutions, including Amro Alkhatib (Daman), Ruben Wolff (D One), and Asli Yaman (D one).

Photo of Amro Alkhatib

Amro Alkhatib

National Health Insurance Company-Daman

Amro Alkhatib is a data scientist with the National Health Insurance Company-Daman, a leading health insurance company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He focuses on business-driven AI expert systems for health insurance. Amro holds an MSc in quantum computing from Masdar Institute in partnership with MIT and a BSc in computer systems engineering from Birzeit University.