Using AI to analyze the correlations between oral health and overall health.
The LECA (Life Expectancy at Current Age) Health Risk Score® is a scoring software platform that uses dental procedure history to classify the individuals based on their Life Expectancy at Current Age (LECA).
Literature review shows that correlations exist between oral health and mortality. For example, heart diseases are one of the leading causes of death in the USA with about 630,000 deaths per year. Overall, many clinical studies show a direct relationship between oral hygiene care and mortality rate. Studies showed that gum diseases increases the risk of cardiovascular disease because the gum diseases spread harmful bacterias and infections directly to blood, and when they reach a susceptible heart, they can cause inflammation that causes Endocarditis.
These studies are usually performed on a small clinical population within a limited time period. Nonetheless, these studies were the initial trigger for Sikka to perform a survival analysis study on its big dataset for the possible mortality risk correlations with the individual’s dental procedures history. An actuarial analysis is performed on the type, frequency, and the time-dependency of the dental procedures and mortality rates. For predictive modeling, the Cox Proportional Hazard Regression was used to estimate the covariance coefficients, confidence intervals, and their statistical significance on over 1,000 discretized attributes indicating the frequency of distinct procedure codes in each calendar year.
In August 2022, sikka.ai’s Data Science Team presented LECA Risk Score: A Big Data Predictive Model Using Individual’s Dental Procedures History. To learn more about LECA, please download the whitepaper below.
The figure below depicts the LECA RS validation.
To learn more about Sikka and insurance, please reach out to Lewis Goldman,
leader of our Sikka Insights – Insurance business.
Sikka Insights – Insurance
Lewis Goldman has over 20 years of experience in insurance and financial services, leveraging data for disruptive innovation across a variety of products and services, and is leading Sikka Software’s Insurance business. Before working with Sikka, Lewis served as executive of LendKey Technologies, a FinTech company. Prior to LendKey, Lewis worked for several years in insurance, including as head of marketing and product for Global Life Distribution and the MetLife direct to consumer life insurance business. He brings a track record of success nurturing and scaling businesses through marketing, new products, new channels of distribution, partnerships, and cross-sell at companies where he worked including Citigroup, LinkedIn, 1800flowers.com, Amazon, New York Life, and several FinTech and InsurTech startups. Lewis currently teaches marketing at St. Johns University, and is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Business School.