Dentistry and in particularly advanced dental procedures is a growing market. The growth rate is much higher in regions of the world that haven’t had a focus on oral health, but have a growing middle class. This is creating increasing demand but at a low price point compared to existing high income markets.
There are many standalone procedure workflow packages used in a dental practice, particularly specialist practices like orthodontics, cosmetic veneers and crown design. This means a lot of time is spent re-entering patient data and wrangling 3D formats.
Seikowave provided a low cost 3D oral scanner, but a customer required a complete integrated workflow solution to take the product to market. They had a very tight, four-week timeframe to create a working solution for this customer to evaluate.
Using the Umajin Platform Seikowave have created a desktop software planning tool that that allows dentists to create a multi treatment strategy. The existing Oral Scanner device attaches to the software via a native plugin.
The application integrates with multiple dental expert software systems, such as patient management, 3D stitching, crown design and plastic aligners, creating a consolidated procedure workflow. This includes converting and transferring data such as 3D teeth scans and patient records.
The planning view requires rich multimedia capability enabled by Umajin Buiding Blocks, including the ability to display X-rays, photographs and color 3D oral scans. This view makes it easy for a dentist to see all the relevant information, take additional photos, makes notes and create a plan for current and future procedures.
Umajin enabled Seikowave to deliver on a very tight 4-week timeframe with an agile team of only 3 members; a product owner, designer and developer along with some native plugin and QA support.
The Umajin Platform enabled the design and development teams, based in different locations, to build and test the solution with the scanner hardware and application integrations in real time. Umajin has a library of pre-built components that allow designers to create the front end layout and actions allowing faster development cycles to meet the timeframe.
The media formats built into Umajin for images and 3D models make it quick to incorporate different content. Custom 3D shaders allowed unique rendering to be created to help visually define the appearance changes between teeth and gums as well as internal and external regions.
Achieving the tight deadline was critical for Seikowave to ensure they could meet the customer opportunity. The solution provides a very high level of functionality at a much lower cost than existing solutions. This is a key criteria for the price sensitive market, targeting many recent dental school graduates who are setting up new practices.
The better workflow and unified planning for dentists improves efficiency and outcomes for patients. By providing a central repository for patient data it is possible to swap out the specialist dental software modules for specific regional markets increasing the go-to market partners and channels. Data entry errors are removed as data from the patient records doesn’t need to be re-entered.
Umajin enables Seikowave to build proprietary components within Umajin for several modules that are currently dependent on licensed technology, such as image stitching. This will enable improved performance, control over additional features, as well as reduced licensing cost.