Willis Group Holdings is rolling out Willis Accounting, a global electronic accounting platform that aims to speed up cash flow and settle claims more quickly on behalf of clients.
The insurance broking and risk advisory group said that the launch follows a successful pilot of Willis Accounting, which replaces paper and email delivery of statements with automatic electronic messaging through an online portal.
The new platform will speed up premium transactions and claim settlements with carriers and clients. Willis will supply the online portal to around 1,100 carrier partners around the world with comprehensive training materials.
“Clients of Willis as well as underwriters will see significant benefits from the new electronic system including enhanced cash flow, reduced risk though guaranteed data delivery and quicker claims settlement,” the group promised.
According to David Shalders, its group operations and technology director, Willis Accounting will also accelerate the process of agreeing claim and premium transactions, support financial reporting and improve the reconciliation process.
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