February 8th, 2018: Dentacoin made a significant breakthrough towards its wider acceptance within the industry as it started partnering with Arklign Laboratories, a state-of-the-art full service dental laboratory, based in San Jose, California.
Arklign: Transforming the Dental Lab Experience
Arklign is an innovative company, uniquely positioned as an end-to-end partner for dental service providers. It connects and transforms the dental lab experience by centralizing workflow and automating communication while simultaneously providing a personalized, hands-on approach to customer service.
Arklign’s offering consists of the dental restorations fabricated by its lab and Arklign Case Relationship Management (aCRM), a proprietary online platform through which customers track and manage the restoration cases handled by Arklign. Arklign’s full-service dental lab offers a comprehensive range of solutions for fixed restorations, removable restorations and implant restorations, and benefits from a distributed global operations model that is driven by technology and automation, allowing for 24-hour operations and maximized efficiency in creating high quality dental restorations in a timely manner.
With Arklign, dental practices benefit from a systemized workflow, data insights and high-volume laboratory capabilities that make their business more efficient.
Arklign Case Relationship Management (aCRM) optimizes the dental lab workflow for Arklign customers by simplifying submissions, centralizing communication with the lab and providing data with actionable insights.
The idea to provide value-based and affordable services within the dental industry through a highly efficient approach naturally led Ray Alde, CEO of Arklign, to Dentacoin. Now Dentacoin is implemented into Arklign’s payment options, allowing dentists to pay a percentage of their bills in the industry-specific currency! In the future, Dentacoin could also be utilized in Arklign’s own rewards program via their Case Relationship Management platform (aCRM), which will be another big step forward!
“After learning that Dentacoin is not just a currency, but a company that develops tools that add value to the dental industry, I saw the potential.” – Ray Alde, CEO of Arklign
We talked to Ray Alde, CEO of Arklign, about his view on Dentacoin, its current applicability and future potential. Here is what he shared to us.
How did Dentacoin grab your attention?
As I was looking into cryptocurrencies to decide if we should implement them into Arklign’s payment options, I was surprised to find one specifically for the dental industry. Initially I was skeptical, but after learning that Dentacoin is not only a currency, but a company that develops tools that add value to the dental industry, I saw the potential. I believe there is a growing need for value-based and low-cost services in the dental industry. If Dentacoin can offer tools that bring us closer to meeting this need, it will have a huge impact on the industry.
How did you decide to implement Dentacoin?
Since we utilize a global supply chain, we decided to look into cryptocurrencies to see if we could minimize the international transaction challenges. When deciding which cryptocurrency to accept at our company, we had to determine which currency would be used and supported by our customers. From a dental supplier/lab perspective, we see that a community-specific coin with a dedicated team of dental professionals behind it can help speed up adoption of the cryptocurrency in dental practices. We will initially launch Dentacoin by allowing our practices to pay a % of their bill in Dentacoin. We will then look to utilize Dentacoin in our own rewards program via our Case Relationship Management platform (aCRM) and see if this incentivizes our dental practices to continue to use Arklign.
How do you see our future cooperation?
Arklign’s vision is to be the global supplier of dental restorations to practices around the world. We feel that adoption of Dentacoin can help us move closer to fulfilling that vision since it can centralize our payment process. I feel there is potential to co-develop tools that can meet the needs of different industry-specific customers, from the lab supplier to the dental practice. For example, the ability for the laboratory to easily/securely access patient data that will help them better understand the patient’s oral condition.
From a near term perspective, I’m interested to see how Arklign can leverage the DentaVox market data to help grow our company. With DentaVox, not only can we gather information from patients, but I can see it being utilized to gather information from other dental practices. I’d also like to investigate how I can utilize Dentacoin in our own rewards program via aCRM.
How do you estimate the future potential of the project?
Since the dental community is small and close, I can see Dentacoin grow rapidly if the key stakeholders in the industry adopt it. Everyone else will follow their lead and adopt Dentacoin and their tools in their practices. I believe Dentacoin has the potential to set the global standard for dental transactions.
Dentacoin is already implemented in seventeen dental clinics around the world, including LifDental (three practices in Buffalo, New York, USA), Aura Family Dentistry (Simi Valley, California, USA), Dental on Flinders (Melbourne, Australia), Quality Affordable Dentistry (Hemel Hempstead, UK), F3T Dental Clinic (London, UK), Studio Toia (Busto Arsizio, Italy), CONTIDENT (Budapest, Hungary), Swiss Dentaprime (Varna, Bulgaria), Dentech Dental Care (Pune, India), Mr. iTeeth (Taipei City, Taiwan), Dentist3 (Selangor, Malaysia), Daily Care Dental (Suva, Fiji), Group Health Dental (Midtown Manhattan, New York, USA), Gramercy Dental Center, Gramercy Park, New York, USA) and Park South Dentistry (Central Park, New York, USA). In their quest to reach all market participants within the dental industry, the Dentacoin Foundation team recently announced a partnership with PCP Dental Recruitment as well, one of the fastest growing dental recruitment agencies in the UK.