Selerix President, Lyle Griffin Talks LDEx and Benefits Data Exchange
Originally published on Ideon
In the first episode of Ideon Insights, a new monthly interview series featuring thought leaders and innovators driving the benefits industry forward, Ideon, a Selerix technology partner, sat down with Lyle Griffin, President of Selerix, a leading benefits administration solution for brokers, employers, and carriers.
In this Q&A, Lyle shares his thoughts on the LIMRA Data Exchange (LDEx) standards, how the industry can facilitate more LDEx adoption, and how benefits data exchange will evolve over the next few years. Selerix and Ideon are both members of the Data Exchange Standards Committee tasked with developing the LDEx standards for the workplace benefits industry.
For Lyle’s complete thoughts on all-things LDEx, APIs, and data connectivity, watch the video here.
Below we’ve highlighted five key moments from the conversation.
IDEON: What’s the current state of LDEx adoption?
LYLE GRIFFIN, SELERIX: There are probably a dozen or so carriers that have stepped up and implemented LDEx in a really robust way. We’ve also been pleasantly surprised at the number of technology platforms that have been involved in developing the standard. That dialog between platforms and carriers is something that has been very refreshing.
What are the benefits of LDEx?
One, is just the speed of implementation, being able to set up your data connections quickly. Knowing that they’ll work as advertised is also very important.
As we move to API engagements, you’re really going to see the benefits. If we can move to something where we’re exchanging data in real-time, or as close to real-time as possible, the benefits back to the client or end-user are incredible.
Why is Selerix an advocate for data standards?
We’ve been very committed to implementing the standards since Day 1. What my team is telling me — the people who set up EDI connections with carriers — they’ve been very adamant that LDEx is good for them. They like it any time they can engage with people using the standard because it’s a concise way to start that dialog with the carrier. Having a common language really helps expedite the process.
How does Ideon help carriers and technology platforms use the LDEx format?
One of the most important things that [Ideon] brings to the table, is a fully formed view of how that data exchange ecosystem should work. Having a robust way to work with people on error resolution, initial engagement, data intake, being able to connect with an API or by exchanging files — I can see where this would be a very attractive proposition, not to have to build all of your business processes from scratch to take advantage of what a company like Ideon has to offer.
What’s the future of data exchange in the benefits industry?
In the long run, I think everyone’s vision is one of an interconnected ecosystem, an interconnected market, where trading partners exchange data more frequently and much more reliably than they do today. That’s what this is all about. As an industry, we’re still talking about this stuff, we’re still working on these challenges. So I think it’s going to take a while to realize that vision.
Lyle Griffin is President at Selerix, a provider of benefits administration solutions for employers and carriers.