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    Beazley launches Virtual Care insurance in Asia

    Beautifully designed insurance for the interconnected risks faced by digital health & wellness providers in one policy

    Specialist insurer Beazley has launched Virtual Care in Asia, providing comprehensive insurance protection against risks associated with technology-enabled healthcare and wellness services all in one modular insurance policy.

    While already a rapidly growing area within healthcare globally, the impact of COVID-19 has served to accelerate the uptake of digital health services. From remote medical consultations through to the use of apps and wearable technology to monitor conditions, the number of telehealth users across Asia, rose sharply in early 2020 ([1]), making it an attractive sector to new entrants and investors.  

    Previously, firms would have purchased individual policies for each risk class, however, Beazley’s Virtual Care offers four pillars of cover to ensure health and technology policyholders are not left with unexpected gaps in coverage. These include:

    • Medical malpractice and professional indemnity is included as standard and covers bodily injury to any patient caused by a negligent act, accident or cyber incident
    • Tech and media liability covers technology platforms or products such as computer or telecommunications hardware or software, or related electronic products, against failure
    • Public and products liability provides full coverage for accidents resulting in bodily injury and property damage caused by products, including tech products such as wearables and self-monitoring healthcare devices
    • Cyber cover protects against a broad range of cyber threats, including business interruption; cyber extortion and data recovery loss; data and network liability.

    Available via brokers in Singapore and Hong Kong, Beazley Virtual Care also provides optional extensions catering to various business needs, including mitigation costs, medical regulatory costs, claims due to loss of documents, and reputational damage costs. Available to a wide range of organisations of all sizes, Beazley Virtual Care could cover:

    • Telehealth services, which enable remote healthcare and pharmacy services by professionals;
    • mHealth, which uses mobile technology including apps and wearable devices for self-monitoring and management;
    • IT platforms and software used by healthcare stakeholders in health management.

    The policy also covers a range of lifestyle and wellness technologies that assist users with managing their lifestyle choices. 

    Evan Smith, Beazley’s global head of miscellaneous medical & life sciences, said: “COVID-19 has driven a mass uptake of digital health services globally. The adoption of such technologies comes with a wide range of interconnected risks that are distinct from traditional healthcare exposures, such as data privacy and security concerns, and technology failure. Beazley Virtual Care addresses the complexity of these risks by offering no-gap cover in one policy for healthcare and tech providers.”

    In developing this product for clients in Asia, Beazley has drawn on the deep market knowledge of our Singapore-based team and specialist expertise of our global underwriting and claims teams across healthcare, technology and cyber and insurance.

    This follows successful launches of Virtual Care over the past three years in North America, the UK and Spain, which enables Beazley to track and analyse claims trends within this sector.

    Nicholas Tey, Beazley’s regional manager, international financial lines, Asia, said: “With demand for digital healthcare services in Asia set to rise in the coming years, the launch of Beazley Virtual Care in our region comes at an exciting time for the sector. We are very pleased to support clients as they develop and grow their digital health services, and ensuring that their risk exposures are covered in a simple modular policy.” 

    More information on Beazley’s Virtual Care coverage is available here

    [1] Bain & Company, 27 April, Covid-19 accelerates the adoption of telemedicine in Asia-Pacific countries

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