How This Dentist Uses Big Data

Ella Castle

A leader in Preventistry, Dr. Jim Thommes says he asks himself every day, “What ideas can I come up with… that will improve the oral health care of all?”

Dr. Jim Thommes has witnessed the evolution of preventive care in dentistry throughout his career both up close and at a high level. As a clinical provider and longtime benefits administrator, he’s helped to identify trends — anecdotally and from raw data — when it comes to patient care. As Vice President of Clinical Management at DentaQuest, he works on a national level to support holistic care and Preventistry by offering guidance and proposing solutions from within the benefits space.

What drives you in your role each day at DentaQuest?

Every day I ask myself, “What ideas can I come up with today or be involved with that actually move things forward, that bend that cost curve, that improve the oral

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