Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is a generation company that has been pioneering sustainability with clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable energy through geothermal sources.
As an early adopter of Cloud technology, it aims to use digital technologies such as Cloud and Machine Learning (ML) best practices to ensure easy use of ML models. One use case is to predict the level of productivity of a geothermal well design which will serve as an input to the approval of its construction.
Pointwest, in partnership with AWS, implemented their ML modernization framework to quickly bring these on-premise models to the Cloud using AWS SageMaker.
In addition, Pointwest developed automation pipelines for re-training the ML models, evaluating the performance of these models, and automatically deploying these models to production.
These were the immediate results of these initiatives;
- Improved ease of use of the predictive models without any need for programming knowledge
- Faster turnaround time for newly drilled wells
- Improved accuracy of the model predictions
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The rush to adapt to the Next Normal was one of the biggest challenges that confronted the business world as early as the initial outbreak of the Covid19 global pandemic. The Black Swan ushered a new age of innovation as it forced companies to pivot how to get their work done.
Skriba, the smart Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Platform developed by Pointwest, is one of the technologies that companies use to continue operations in the Next Normal. The process of filling out, assessing, scanning and encoding documents were each a tedious step that required complete manual work, usually, within the confines of an office. With the quarantine measures covering entire cities and regions, a lot of manual processing of documents screeched to a halt.
With the platform trained to automatically recognize and extract data from government IDs, utility bills, and invoices as well as the ability to handle virtually any type of document, Skriba provides a strong value to companies as it can be set-up to abide by work-from-home operations. Moreover, Skriba automates the encoding part of the document processing cycle by over 60% as Pointwest uses state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the power of the cloud to recognize documents, enhance their quality, extract the text contents, and structure the information extracted in preparation for downstream processes.
To continue basic services, government agencies and essential businesses need to proceed with requiring a minimum number of documents. While normal OCRs can help accelerate the documentation process, it is still prone to errors. Skriba’s AI-powered enhancements on top of commercial OCRs and data structuring layers, not only is 70-95% accuracy easily achievable compared to 40-60% from top commercial OCRs, the low cost per page and the option to pay based on the productivity of the platform creates optimized cost, provides scalability thereby maximizing ROI.
Prior to 2020, submitting documents to provide one’s identity was primarily a face-to-face activity. Resilient business operations today require a different approach no longer requiring traditional office set-up. As a security measure, Skriba’s platform was designed and developed to comply with various security regulations and guidelines across different industries. The platform does not store uploaded data permanently and boasts of strong encryption and secured access.
Skriba has gained traction with organizations from the financial sector, particularly banks and insurance companies, that have now recognized the need to be one step ahead in digitizing their archaic and time-consuming document-based data entry process workflows. Pointwest is being requested by several organizations to implement Skriba as part of their daily operations in various horizontals such as customer onboarding and claims processing.
Making Skriba part of an organization’s Next Normal would benefit organizations with an efficient and cost-effective solution, the workforce able to streamline their work and can be part of the workflow from their own remote locations, and help customers fulfill their requirements from the comfort of their homes.
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Pioneer Philippine IT-BPM company Pointwest has fully modernized top Health Maintenance Organization Maxicare’s online services with a fully digital, self-enrollment system that increases the Full-Time Equivalent efficiency.
The new system has fully automated features that will benefit both the client members as well as the Maxicare staff.
- Automation for the client member:
- Completion of paper forms
- Visibility of Computation for total premium and co-sharing
- Automation for the Maxicare Staff:
- Individual processing and batch processing of submission
- Submission and eligibility validation
- Digital Transformation
- Digitization of paper forms
- Verification of contact information
- Process optimization of dependent submission
- Market Awareness
- This digital enrolment is now also being offered by the Maxicare team as an addition to Maxicare’s value proposition
Member Enrollment was designed and built with multiple corporate clients in mind, hence, a highly configurable application that gives Maxicare the ability to deploy the system to their client members. Pointwest delivered the first two releases of the tool in just 2-3 months each, in order to match Maxicare’s time-to-market and go-live goals.
To ensure scalability, security, and reliability, different AWS Cloud services were used, including EC2, Load Balancers, RDS, S3, SES, and Code Commit, all to develop the highly configurable application that delivered the releases quickly.
A total of three accounts with the equivalent of 93,904 employee headcount were transitioned to the enrollment tool as of January 2021, more than 81,050 principal members were successfully submitted using the new system with an additional 80,692 dependent records renewed/enrolled. This led to a 31.40% reduction of support tickets received by their internal team.
Efficiency and ease of use of services are key in creating a seamless member experience for client members and their enrollees. In this ongoing pandemic, paper-based documentation and face-to-face engagement slows down the process of enrollment and other detail changes and puts more people at risk of infection.
Maxicare is an industry pioneer in the field of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO). The company currently services over 1.5 million members and is affiliated with over 2000 hospitals and a growing number of primary and customer care centers nationwide. The primary vision of the company is to deliver a better healthcare system by providing its members with the ease of use of its services.
“Personally, I enjoy working with the Pointwest team as the projects are highly collaborative and their recommendations usually produce such a great result.” Angela Ramos, Maxicare’s Manager for Data Design & Management commented on the smooth collaboration
In recognition of the contributions of this initiative, the Member Enrollment Tool project won first prize in the Project Achievement Rewards and Recognition of the Equicom Group of Companies. This initiative with Maxicare has been a partnership built on a shared vision of growth and modernization.
Joaquin Arambulo, President & CEO of Pointwest said of this collaboration: “Taking your customer’s perspective leads to superior customer service and can differentiate you in the marketplace. But you need to design the right offerings in the first place, and execute on them flawlessly. I believe that the joint Maxicare and Pointwest Team has achieved this. Congratulations on the launch of Member Enrollment Tool!”
Founded in 2003, Pointwest engages, empowers, and enables businesses by providing best-in-class digital transformation, information technology, and business process management services. We work with clients around the world – Global 2000, Asian conglomerates, governments, and leading start-ups and SMBs in the financial services, insurance, healthcare, telecommunications, retail, and other industries.
Pointwest’s customer-centric offerings are developed, implemented, and supported by our global operations delivery centers in the Philippines and the United States. Our digital solutions include Intelligent OCR, Robotics Process Automation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Hyper-automation, Application Development, Support & Maintenance, Test Automation, and Consulting.
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Human Resource departments receive tons of documents from job applicants and other sources. Sometimes, the manpower available can’t match the volume of work which is required to be accomplished, especially on peak hiring seasons. In this case, technological solutions may help teams step up to the challenge while boosting efficiency and enhancing accuracy.
Here is where Artificial Intelligence can enter the picture. Artificial Intelligence is the development of systems designed to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. Artificial Intelligence can be applied across industries such as Banking and Finance, Healthcare, Public Sector, and others.
In the Philippines, RPA or Robotic Process Automation is a viable solution especially for companies with repetitive and voluminous processes. RPA can bring plenty of business benefits such as faster task completion, improved accuracy, and lessened man hours.
In our latest installment of Pointwest Stories of Success, read how a telecommunications company accomplished processes faster and more accurately with the help of Pointwest’s RPA service.
Rigid standards safeguard industries such as Banking and Finance. Brokerage firms are not exempt from this.
These standards are necessary for maintaining the quality and security of the system. This includes apps used for the system. To ensure compliance with these standards, the app needs to undergo software testing.
In the Philippines, application modernization is among the technological solutions businesses consider. This is because companies don’t want to miss out on the benefits application modernization can bring. They also don’t want to get left behind their competitors.
Banks handle sensitive and critical information. Malfunctioning systems cost banks loss of profit and customer trust. Ensure the efficiency of your systems through software testing. Test Automation can make this effort easier and more productive. In the Philippines, test automation for banks is adapted by more financial institutions.
Application Development for travel agencies makes convenient travel-related transactions a reality through web and mobile solutions. Transactions such as visa applications are made easier for both staff and applicants. Visa application processes can sometimes become tedious, especially with the number of documents and steps that need to be accomplished. Web and mobile applications that cater to every step of the application process can facilitate convenient and organized visa applications.
Pointwest supported an international manufacturing company’s IT group in their data warehousing initiative by providing a full suite of data engineering services ranging from data modeling, ETL development, ETL testing, database administration, and reports development. (more…)