Artificial Intelligence is here and there’s no running from the fact that the future will be AI dominated. On similar lines, one Pakistani girl from MIT has achieved the unthinkable, a massive funding for her AI dental healthcare program.
Wardah Inam, CEO Overjet, has raised $7.85 million for her dental focused AI-tech, which accumulates to more than Rs. 1 billion. Wardah, who is a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science, raised these funds from Crosslink Capital, a firm that only invests in MIT startups.
To be a graduate of MIT is an achievement in itself, but to get such huge funding for the betterment of the world, is definitely a bigger one. So, the real question is, how will this startup help dental healthcare worldwide? Let’s find out.
In the context of applied Artificial Intelligence
When you are at the dentist and often get an x-ray of your mouth, the dentist reads your charts and gives recommendations. They will probably say you are in good condition and recommend a cleaning session in a couple of months. In another situation, the dentist might ask you to get some work done on your teeth. It is in this scenario when Overjet plays its part.
Wardah Inam says that Overjet’s core technology will help determine what sort of treatment is needed. Speaking to TechCrunch, Wardah stated that: “while most medical imaging AI services are focused on finding out if there is anything wrong (the startup executive gave an example of tumor detection) with someone, Overjet can “go one step further,” helping to not only note that there is a problem (tooth decay, to select a hypothetical) but the extent of the issue itself. This ability to “analyze clinical data at scale” and “determine what treatments are necessary,”, the project attracts both dental and insurance companies.”
How AI will help doctors, patients, and insurance companies
The AI formula will help patients, doctors, and insurance companies. For example, every crown that is sent to an insurance company is reviewed. This manual checking costs a lot of money. Through Overjet’s AI influx, the technology will tell if the claim is reasonable and not fraudulent.
As for the patients, Overjet’s AI venture will help them in many ways. Since minimum work is done on our teeth every time we visit the dentist, this AI tech will help patients by not being overcharged for the work done.
With only 20 employees right now, Overjet plans on increasing its team this year. Wardah Inam’s achievement is a reminder that dreams do come true and that there is no limit to what one can achieve.