Dr Marc Cooper a dentist turned business consultant, understands all elements of the business of dentistry. Never afraid to be provocative and often way ahead of the curve, his newsletter is amongst my top ten regular must reads.
He has written in recent times about the transformational nature of technology and the growth of robotics and AI with a newsletter, “The End of Dentists as We Know Them” where he quoted from Susskind and Susskind’s HBR paper:
Our inclination is to be sympathetic to this transformative use of technology, not least because today’s professions (medicine and dentistry), as currently organized, are creaking. They are increasingly unaffordable, opaque, and inefficient, and they fail to deliver value evenly across our communities. In most advanced economies, there is concern about the spiraling costs of health care, the lack of access to justice, the inadequacy of current educational systems, and the failure of auditors to recognize and stop various financial scandals. The professions need to change. Technology may force them to.”
He has followed that up today:
….below is a copy of a Patent Application that is in process and its associated claim document. Like everything else, from computers to man-powered flight, when an idea whose time has come arrives, numbers of people in different parts of the globe work on it simultaneously.
…..over the next decade, robotics in dentistry will play a larger and larger role, until dentists become computer operators not dental clinicians.
It doesn’t matter if you believe me or not, the future doesn’t care about right and wrong. The future is impartial to “what already is.”
Patent Claims– PDF
one of his correspondents had sent him this:
Robotics for implant surgery gets FDA clearance.