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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The week after next, I’m delighted to invite you to a discussion about current thinking around best practices and tools that can help you reclaim some invaluable me-time on Wednesday, October 27 at 11 am PDT / 2 pm EDT, entitled “Optimization & Automation for the Rapidly-Changing Veterinary Landscape.”

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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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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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