The Dental AI Council (DAIC) is now welcoming new members. Established in September by 15 prominent dental industry figures, DAIC said, the organization aims to serve as an independent source of scientifically validated information and insight regarding the nature of artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in elevating the quality and accessibility of oral healthcare.
With its membership offering launch, DAIC said that it aims to build a premier community for individuals to share and advance ideas and support inquiry around AI and its various applications in dentistry, which the industry currently lacks.
“In welcoming new members, we’re creating an essential forum for exchange of insight and expertise,” said Steve Bilt, DAIC founding member and CEO of Smile Brands. “We need as many voices as possible both contributing to the conversation around AI and dentistry and speaking publicly and authoritatively about it. That’s how we’ll amplify AI’s impact and ensure its efficacy.”
AI has taken an increasingly prominent role in almost every industry including healthcare in recent years, DAIC said, though dentistry has been slower to adopt the technology, particularly in the patient-facing arena. By encouraging engagement with AI through community discourse, DAIC hopes to accelerate that process. If successful, DAIC expects to see AI delivering profound benefits to dentistry in the fairly near term.
“AI presents opportunities for improvement in patient care that only a few decades ago we never could have imagined,” said founding member Lou Azzara, CEO of Dental Services Group Laboratory.
Current members hail from universities, dental service organizations, original equipment manufacturers, property management system providers, insurance carriers, and dental laboratories. According to DAIC, benefits of membership include:
- Content contribution opportunities
- Research proposal and direction opportunities
- Early access to DAIC research
- DAIC member-exclusive newsletter
- Community forum access and networking opportunities with DAIC members
- Preferred access to DAIC conferences and events
Membership is open to anyone who wishes to join. To encourage engagement, DAIC is offering discounted annual dues for students and dental practitioners. Corporate memberships are available as well, with individual memberships for up to three employees, as well as reduced event sponsorship rates and a listing on the DAIC website.
“We have to understand the distinct needs and perspectives of each of the dental industry’s constituents,” said DAIC’s lead organizer and Pearl CEO Ophir Tanz. “That’s why it is imperative that our members represent the interests of everyone across the industry.”