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Open Banking: The Ageing Society and Alzheimer’s - How Banks can Help

Lloyds Open Banking Challenge Hackathon, #BuildanOpenBank, held on the 16-17 November 2017, had 14 teams including SAP taking part. The goal was to show, within 48 hours, an Open Banking value proposition, how it would work and a business plan.

SAP looked at how a bank might address the needs of people that are vulnerable or becoming so, such as Alzheimer’s.   In the UK, 1 in 70 suffer from the on-set of this debilitating yet predictable disease.  Our team used a persona, “Glenda Wichita” to show a business case worthy of investment through APIs and intelligent management of the vulnerable person’s account.

Open Banking, with its Trusted Third Party (TTP) approach allows for providers to find, suggest and evaluate a proxy process for “Glenda” (A proxy is an agent, TTP, legally authorized to act on behalf of another party). 

The bank can identify the onset of Alzheimer’s or other changing financial risk by analysing the change to usage patterns of the account holder; for example, forgetting to pay the rent, utility bills or any regular payments.  Banks currently use predictive analytics and case work processes for other activities. By using similar processes with the vulnerable, the bank can see observe and confirm signs of deterioration, and gently nudge “Glenda” into seeking advice.

Once it is established that “Glenda” is at risk, a proxy process needs to be pursued, essentially, power of attorney over the account.  Currently, the power of attorney privileges tends to be binary, the proxy having complete or no control over the account.  The banking industry currently handles accounts manually with workarounds.  For example, a bank sets up a joint account to cover a proxy added to that account, or the person at risk handing over their on-line details to a proxy to act as “Glenda”. 

The onboarding of the vulnerable person into the proxy process needs sensitivity in its approach and handling from the bank.  The solution provides great comfort and reduces risk to the financially vulnerable. The Bank can also provide a view on the appropriateness of Glenda’s proxy.

A change to the proxy process is required and what is needed is a variable and increasing or decreasing level of control over an account based on the vulnerability. Each vulnerability is different, with Alzheimer’s the person at risk’s condition is worsening and the proxy, in turn, needs more control over the account.

Open Banking’s Open APIs and cloud technology supports the vulnerable on proxy banking, and at the Hackathon the SAP team demonstrated:

  •       Detecting anomalous events
  •       Showing how “Glenda” is becoming vulnerable  
  •       Knowing “Glenda’s” circumstances and identifying a suitable proxy

The business case has a respectable ROI when including:

  •       Income for providing and servicing proxy banking
  •       Cost reduction by eliminating the manual workarounds
  •       Using technology to show the true size of this market within the client base
  •       No regulator fines as the bank is compliant to ‘fair banking’ for the vulnerable

Through Open Banking, banks can ensure that the vulnerable are protected, their needs managed and this process is financially rewarding to the bank and/or the trusted third party.  By identifying and assisting vulnerable people in their financials, banks become an increasingly caring, trusted and relevant member of the community.




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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 28 November, 2017, 07:481 like 1 like

Thank you: Aneet Morar, Head of Partnerships at Lloyds Banking Group commented: “SAP’s effort in the Build an Open Bank Challenge was impressive, producing a value proposition that could have the potential to benefit millions of vulnerable customers and their families. I was inspired by the level of engagement from the SAP team and look forward to further collaboration in this space.”

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A Finextra member
A Finextra member 01 December, 2017, 06:51Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes Excellent article and a great example of the potential of Open Banking to help society.
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