This interview is part of our new AI in Healthcare series, where we interview the world's top thought leaders on the front lines of the intersections between AI and healthcare.
In this interview, we speak with Ophir Tanz, CEO of Pearl, to understand how his company is using AI to transform healthcare, and what the future of the industry holds.
1. What’s the story behind Pearl? Why and how did you begin?
OT: Pearl is a spin-out of my previous AI-driven company, GumGum, where we began collecting what has become the largest collection of labeled dental radiographs in the world. Pearl was launched in order to apply artificial intelligence, and specifically computer vision, to the field of dentistry. Our goal is to automate critical, repetitive, fundamental tasks that machines can perform at superhuman levels. In the future, we aim to enhance patient care by connecting oral health to systemic health.
2. Please describe your use case and how Pearl uses AI:
OT: We are particularly focused on the application of computer vision to solve fundamental problems in the field of dentistry. We’ve built technology that is able to identify pathologies and natural anatomy in dental x-rays accurately and consistently. This technology will have a profound impact on all stakeholders in the dental category. Beyond this, we continue to build out our suite of solutions that automates tasks on behalf of dental laboratories.
3. Could you share a specific customer/user that benefits from what you offer? What has Pearl done for them?
OT: We serve all the primary constituents in the dental category: manufacturers, software providers, insurance companies, laboratories, and dental service organizations. On the insurance side, for example, we’ve been able to help insurance companies review the massive amount of claims they receive on a daily basis and mitigate fraud. On the manufacturer/software side we are integrating our technology into practice and patient-facing devices that will provide practitioners with a second set of trained eyes to help ensure that issues are identified and tended to in the most effective and efficient manner possible.