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Data is the foundation to any business, and quite pivotal to their progress as well. Among the challenges enterprises face, the biggest is processing of high volumes of data from across sources. Human capability is what drives innovation and creations. Considering the digital era we are in, businesses continue to rely heavily on paper based documents, most of which contain valuable information. This problem is industry agnostic, likely in large volumes, hampering digital transformation.
While extensive efforts go into API development and automating the integrations, there are quite a few processes that depend on (physical) document based exchanges. This is visible in semi structured and unstructured documents – leaving businesses in a lurch on how to boost efficiency, precision and speed. Real world examples include KYC verifications, invoice processing, claims processing, policy administration, contracts, order forms and other insurance paperwork, including those in Claims Management. In the ideal world, the businesses would love it if all data was processed seamlessly and integrated into the existing systems without any glitches.
However, according to an industry research, more than 80% of data within any organization is categorized as unstructured or ‘Dark Data’ i.e. most of it is locked in various documents flowing across different business units. These documents can be in various forms- emails, text, PDF, scanned docs, mobile captured docs, WhatsApp messages, etc.
For example, if you were to consider the “invoice processing” within an enterprise – large sized companies will have multiple vendors generating numerous invoices which need to be processed manually – read and extract data before proceeding to clearance and payment.
All the steps involved in this business workflow can work smoothly only after the first step of manually digitizing the paper invoice, which takes time and effort, and is error prone. Imagine how this process would be transformed with automation? The amount of time and man hours saved and the levels of efficiency and accuracy achieved?
This is where Intelligent Document Processing could make the difference…
WHAT IS INTELLIGENT DOCUMENT PROCESSING [IDP]?
Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) is a solution that converts unstructured data locked in documents to structured data. The platform uses a combination of OCR, ICR, NLP (Natural Language Processing) and enhanced cognitive vision capabilities augmented by humans to provide an improved business experience.
IDP with its capability to process data without any human intervention is the reason why it is gaining popularity and growing in demand with the large organisations. Irrespective of the kind of documents – structured or unstructured, scanned, analysed, or processed, the bottom line is to extract relevant and meaningful information from the documents with ease.
When IDP came into existence, it became visible why this would be a game changer, and help companies stay ahead of their competition. While this holds true across industries, Insurance and Banking are known to be heavy on documentation – forms, orders, policies, customer based communication and so on, most of which are executed by humans.
HOW DOES IDP WORK?
The Intelligent Document Processing system has been created to smartly capture, recognize, classify and extract information from across documents. Subsequently, the extracted data is sent across to the relevant document workflows for further review and processing. Some of the technologies involved in the process are Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computer Vision (CV), and Machine Learning.
An IDP solution is broken down into three key techniques –
Pre-extraction, Extraction and Post-Extraction.
BENEFITS OF IDP
How has Intelligent Document processing changed the way you view the business processes? With the mounting pressure to optimise resources, reduce costs, increase efficiency and comply with the ever-changing regulations and meet/exceed customer experience, there is a definite strain on the business operations, especially ones that rely on unstructured information – documents, e-mails and even images or videos. Adoption of IDP can bring the following benefits to your business:
IDP IMPLEMENTATION ACROSS VARIOUS INDUSTRIES
INSURANCE – Data collection is a crucial aspect of any business, more so in the case of insurance. The business relies heavily on manual intervention, but the flip side to this is investment in time and cost. IDP with its automation process will help address these challenges and achieve high levels of accuracy, compliance, and customer satisfaction.
BANKING – Unlike the earlier days, banks today have shifted to a self-service model. Customers can access information, reach out to an executive or have their queries clarified through a mobile/web app. Similarly, onboarding, loan application processes are going through a transformation with IDP systems. All these changes ensure data captured is collated and analysed correctly and key information is extracted and stored in a secure database.
HEALTHCARE – The healthcare industry faces the biggest challenge when it comes to documentation – patient records. Ensuring they are maintained in the right order, and being able to access necessary data is the need of the hour. Digitization, and moving to a non paper format is the only way to achieve this. With IDP, the entire industry benefits – patients and medical professionals have access to data and can update the same as and when there is a change. This helps enhance trust between the two parties and smooth flow of business as well.
ACCOUNTING – Accounting is another area that requires immense volume of paperwork.. Invoices, contracts, receipts and others are all maintained in a paper format, which takes time to process and consolidate. With the help of automation and IDP, the resources can be trained to automatically process the data from across documents and collate the relevant information in one location.
HUMAN RESOURCE – Human Resources department in every company is invariably under a lot of pressure to complete hiring, payroll and other processes, and so their dependency on paper based processes is quite high. Employee hiring, onboarding, payroll processes, training, exit interviews and process all involve paper trails which become difficult to process and some are lost in transit. Automated HR solutions that have integrated IDP systems is a boon for the HR department as it helps optimise time, increase efficiency and ensures no loss of data. The information gathered can be analysed by the system to provide insights to the team for promotions or training and other valuable decisions.
With integrating IDP in their existing business workflows, companies can boost their internal capabilities, process efficiencies and subsequently improve job satisfaction for their taskforce. In conclusion, IDP will play a crucial role for an organization’s’ Digital Transformation Journey and is going to be a sustainable solution for years to come.