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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First AI Model Hackathon Using Dental and Oral Health Data Announced by sikka.ai

sikka.ai extends registration deadline for its Artificial Intelligence Model Hackathon due to extreme demand.

We live in a world where our superheroes are AI model builders. To help pave the way to Self-Driving Practice, we have organized this hackathon, which is the first of its kind in the dental industry.”— Founder and CEO Vijay Sikka

SANTA CLARA, CA, USA, July 2, 2021 — In its continuing quest to build the best predictive models in healthcare, sikka.ai is set to host an AI Model Hackathon – the first of its kind in the retail healthcare realm – starting July 12. With no fewer than 15 crack teams from across the world already registered, sikka.ai has extended the signup deadline to 11:59 PM PDT on Wednesday, July 7, so that no interested data scientist shall be left out of the quest for over $10,000 in cash to be awarded across the top four finishers. To test your wits against some of the most brilliant minds in artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, register here.

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Leveraging Oral Care and Other Alternative Data To Improve Mortality Risk Assessment in Automated Underwriting

In this Webinar, you’ll learn from underwriting leaders at Swiss Re, SCOR, Ethos and Sikka about:

  • How alternative data sources can effectively assess risk without the need for a paramed exam
  • Customer expectations for automated underwriting through digital channels and the need for realtime data feeds
  • The high correlation between oral care and mortality, including using dental information to identify chronic conditions and tobacco use
  • Leveraging alternative data and realtime decisioning for higher Term coverage amounts to stem the decline in life insurance ownership
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    Sikka Insights First To Launch Oral Health-Based Life Insurance Risk Indicators

    With the need for increased speed in underwriting, often in the absence of a paramed exam, Sikka’s indicator suite “meets the moment” for a post-pandemic world.

    Sikka is a very interesting company that’s developed sophisticated indicators around Tobacco, Cardiovascular and Diabetes from dental records.”— Manisha Dias, FSA, FCIA, CERA – AVP of Strategic Partnerships at SCOR

    SANTA CLARA, CA, USA, June 16, 2021 — Sikka.ai, the most widely used API integration platform for dental practices in the U.S. and Canada, announces the launch of Sikka Insights, a new business unit that leverages consent-based oral care data to facilitate life insurance underwriting that is both faster and more accurate. This is accomplished through the use of Sikka Insights’ groundbreaking tobacco, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and marijuana usage indicators, which enable more accurate applicant risk classification by carriers and re-insurers, whether used separately or in conjunction with one another.

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    Animal Health Workers Need a Break! and Other Data Insights from Sikka

    Insightful” Newsletter #3, June 2021

    Will veterinarians get a summer break this year? Owing to the explosive growth in pet ownership starting during the initial lockdowns over a year ago, many practices have been feeling the pressure of significantly increased visits and production. This is readily apparent in this chart from our Industry Trends portal, which contains averages of practices across all 50 U.S. states.

    With AAA estimating 37 million Americans traveling for Memorial Day weekend, veterinary visits may decline for the next two weeks. This could be a blessing in disguise, providing a much needed break for overworked veterinarians and their team members, who have been pushing to keep up with pet patient demand. We will continue to monitor the “summer shift” and report back after the July 4th holiday weekend. 

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    Good Signs Abound: “Insightful” Newsletter #2, May 2021

    Insightful” Newsletter #2, May 2021

    For this month’s installment of Insightful, we’re taking a look at how dental production for the first four months of 2021 compares to the same period for 2019 – before we could even have imagined the pandemic.

    From Sikka’s Industry Trends page, here’s production across the entire United States over the past three calendar years:

    2021 is the green line, while 2019 is the yellow line. Look at just how closely they’re tracking over the past month and a half. The lines are almost on top of each other for the most recent week! (Obviously, 2020 was far different.)

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    Introducing Sikka Insights’ Data Newsletter, “Insightful”

    Insightful” Newsletter #1, April 2021

    On the first Wednesday of each month, we’ll send you this short newsletter highlighting just a bit of what can be found on our Industry Trends platform.

    COVID Trends

    While the U.S. remains locked in a race between vaccinations and variants, the difference between today and one year ago today is stark. In the dental industry, there is no clearer numeric accounting of this than in the year-over-year change, just updated yesterday, in various categories of procedures performed. This is because last year’s comparison week was the start of the Covid shutdown, and practices have largely recovered, as the two charts in this email show (click them to see larger versions).

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    Optimize “The Great Return” to Normalcy with Practice OptimizerTM

    Goals

    The past year has brought challenges that would have seemed unimaginable just 12 months ago. While we in the retail healthcare space have risen to meet these challenges, we certainly look forward to happier and healthier times ahead. As we mark a year since the start of the pandemic in the United States and quickly ramp up vaccinations on our way to what you might call “The Great Return” to normalcy, now is the ideal time to reevaluate what you need to do to ensure you maximize effectiveness during this pivotal time in history. A big piece of your planning should revolve around your practice’s financial goals.

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    Using Data To Get the Most Out of Your 2021

    Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so supposedly we’re in for another six weeks of winter. While we at Sikka enjoy this yearly forecasting ritual as much as anyone, the best forecasting requires a lot more than a shadow. It takes hard data…and lots of it. Luckily for you, we’re specialists in data.

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    Please join us for a webinar entitled “Using Data To Get the Most Out of Your 2021”. Sikka experts Rory Byrne, GM of Fintech, and Venesa Lewis, Customer Success Manager, will be deep-diving into last year’s data within the retail healthcare industry to forecast and predict trends for what looks to be a promising 2021. Learn best practices and tools that utilize data from your own practice as well as nearby competitors and industry benchmarks.

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    Giving Patients What They Want in 2021

    Before COVID-19, a gradual shift in patient behavior toward an easier, digital experience was in progress. 69 percent of patients said they would switch doctors for a better, more convenient patient experience.

    As the pandemic progressed, that demand has significantly accelerated. How have patient preferences changed? How will you adjust in 2021?

    Watch the webinar.

    Please join the webinar hosted by Jeff Pickett from Sikka, as dental industry brand experts Norm Schrager and Alyssa Graetz of PatientPop help you get ready for the new year with the latest data on patient trends so you can take the steps needed to attract and retain patients.

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