sikka.ai Presents Insightful Newsletter #7: You Can Find Successful Practices Anywhere

If you haven’t had the chance to check out the rankings of states by average dental practice scores from our Sikka Success Report™, do it today – it’s fascinating. When we noticed that Vermont had long been holding down its lofty perch at or near the top of the rankings, we asked the question, “Is this just because it’s a ‘rich’ state?” For that matter, is the success of a state’s average practice tied to its per capita income? We’re happy to report that it’s not:

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The correlation is negligible, at 0.056 (i.e., any difference in per capita income only explains 5.6% of the change in Practice Success Score, and vice versa). And Vermont isn’t a particularly high-income state, anyway, as you can see. In effect, it “punches above its weight” in the success of its dentistries.

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Optimization & Automation for the Rapidly-Changing Veterinary Landscape

We’re busy, overbooked, stressed, mentally exhausted and – on top of it all – we’ve fallen behind on our practice management tasks. Instead of focusing on the obstacles we currently face in the veterinary industry, let’s shift the conversation towards strategies, solutions and new approaches that we can use to create a more sustainable work-life balance.

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We’re delighted to invite you to a discussion on cutting-edge best practices and tools for reclaiming invaluable “me time”! Join us for a webinar entitled “Optimization & Automation for the Rapidly-Changing Veterinary Landscape.”

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Veterinary Industry-Leading Payments Platform SikkaPay™ Now Compatible with Apple Pay and Google Pay

sikka.ai has released a host of updates to both the guts and the look of its revolutionary payment-processing (and payment-obtaining) interface.

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, October 20, 2021 — The all-new version of SikkaPay™ adds a dizzying array of vet-centric functionalities, highlighted by the ability to accept Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and other NFC-based payment standards. But the improvements don’t stop there, as the platform incorporate several social distancing-friendly “killer apps” for your pet parents’ safety and convenience, including:

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Smoking Gums – Using Oral Care Data To Identify Self-Reported Misinformation for Life Insurance

Continuing our insurtech webinar series, I’m delighted to invite you to a discussion about cutting-edge topics in life insurance entitled “Smoking Gums – Using Oral Care Data To Identify Self-Reported Misinformation for Life Insurance.”

Jeff Pickett (AVP, Growth Marketing at Sikka) will moderate this roundtable on addressing applicant misinformation. The panelists are Lewis Goldman (General Manager of Sikka Insights’ Insurance Business), Dan Brown (AVP, Chief Underwriter, Baltimore Life), Brian Lanzrath (Director of Analytics, ExamOne) and Nick Irwin (Director, Life Underwriting, Verisk).

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sikka.ai Presents Insightful Newsletter #6: Data Is Your Safeguard Against Inflation

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Insightful” Newsletter #6, October 2021

Between August 2020 and August 2021, the PCE price index tracking consumer spending, from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, rose 4.3% –the fastest pace of inflation since 1991.

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We’ve seen the same phenomenon in the dental world. The average fee for an adult prophy increased 3.1% between 2020 and 2021, which is higher than the change over the past two years (2018-2020) combined.

To stay up-to-date with the retail healthcare industry, subscribe to our monthly data-focused newsletter here: https://bit.ly/3uwLhiE

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SikkaPay™, Premier Payments Platform for Dentistry, Launches New User Interface

SikkaPay™ integrates with all major practice management systems and versions, and it allows patients to pay from anywhere, anytime.

“One of the most efficient ways to take control of our finances to get paid faster. Collecting payments through text2pay and web2pay has been a game changer…improving our collections by 15%.”— Roy Reynolds, Office Manager at Nova Family Dentistry of Tyrone, GA

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, September 28, 2021 — SikkaPay™, the leader in dental payments processing since its inception two years ago, has gone and made a good thing even better, refreshing its user interface with a clean, up-to-the-minute look.

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sikka.ai Launches New Version of Its Award-Winning Sikka API Platform To Optimize Healthcare Connectivity

This new release adds near-instantaneous response time and advanced query and filter capabilities to its more than 2 million calls per day with 99.945% uptime.

“Dental, veterinary, optometry, chiropractors and other healthcare offices have never had a single API that enables over 50 best-in-class productivity applications…. We feel inspired to do our part.”— Founder and CEO Vijay Sikka

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, September 21, 2021 — “One API to rule them all,” the brand-new Sikka API Platform not only provides boundless connectivity, it handles concurrent calls with ease. It enables healthcare app-makers to connect to practitioners within minutes using just a few lines of code instead of the months of development – not to mention constant upkeep – that come along with going it alone.

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sikka.ai Presents Insightful Newsletter #5: Growth Spikes After Holiday Break

Insightful” Newsletter #5, August 2021

In the last Veterinary Insights, we were tracking Memorial Day Holiday travel and wondering if Veterinary practices were going to get a summer break. The 4th of July Holiday certainly did not slow down travel, with 47.7 million Americans traveling over the holiday. Similarly, we saw a decline in the number of patient visits and production – which was immediately followed by a sharp spike in production. The week of July 18th saw the 2nd highest production week in 2021.

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Team of Caltech Undergraduates Triumphs in sikka.ai’s Hotly-Contested AI Model Hackathon

Second place went to an individual entry from India, followed by another Caltech team. The quality of the data science work was surpassing across the board.

“It has been amazing to see such great minds’ collective brainpower applied to these healthcare business predictions. We hope to continue interacting with these leaders of artificial intelligence….”— Vijay Sikka, Founder and CEO of sikka.ai

SAN JOSE, CA, USA, July 27, 2021 — 29 registrants contested sikka.ai‘s AI Model Hackathon, the first of its kind in the retail healthcare realm, which ran for the week starting July 12. While the finish was extremely close, as one might expect based on that level of enthusiasm, the data was nonetheless conclusive – the winning team was indisputably this group of undergraduates from Caltech:

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sikka.ai Presents Insightful Newsletter #4: New, Free State Rankings

Insightful” Newsletter #4, July 2021

In honor of the United States’ Independence Day, we have added rankings for all 50 states based on average scores from our proprietary Sikka Success Report™ to the Industry Trends page of our website. What’s more, we have them for both the dental and animal health industries!

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While Vermont leads the way in the dental realm…

…Delaware is top dog in animal health (very punny, we know):

In fact, with Delaware ranking 3rd in dentistry, too, it’s clearly the most successful state across the two leading retail healthcare verticals over the past month.

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