To access the configuration for New patient Emails, Appointment Confirmations and Cancellations and iCal options go to Configure->Automatic Appointment Reminders.
Click on the Next to view the Automatic Emails window:
Most of these options involve selecting an email template. If you need to create or edit an email template have a look at our [enter article here]
New Patient Email
This is typically a Welcome email format, used as the initial email contact with a new patient. It can include useful information such as surgery hours, road map and available parking.
Select a template for automatically sending an email to each new patient.
An email template for confirming a booking by means of an email from EXACT to the patient..
Note that if you include iCal appointment information you can also configure an iCal Appointment Alarm (default 60 mins), which is a calendar-based alarm generated in the patient calendar.
This is a template email for cancelling an appointment.
Specify an email template or leave blank to use no template (with no specified template you would need to manually create cancellation emails).
Delay email delivery
This option is designed to avoid multiple confirmations going out to the patient. When an appointment is booked it is common to make a few alterations in the first few minutes of creating the appointment. Setting a delay will avoid patients getting multiple appointment confirmations.
This setting is configurable in minutes, with a default of 10 minutes and a maximum of 99 minutes.
Prompt before sending
Normally this is a prompt to the receptionist where EXACT queries "Can I send this email now?"
If your practice uses the email delivery delay the prompt is likely unnecessary.
If you untick the box next to the patients email address this will stop the patient from receiving future communications as it will also untick the Email box on their details page so only select “Send” or “Cancel” if you don’t want to stop their future emails from sending.
A practice can configure EXACT to send email attachments with appointment confirmations. The patients open the attachments to insert an appointment booking into their personal calendars, with a pre-configured calendar alarm reminder.
Check this option if you wish to attach iCalendar (.ICS) format appointments to confirmation emails.
Patients will see this attachment, and can double-click to insert the appointment slot into their personal calendar.
Their calendar software will then ask for confirmation:
Online Booking: With a configuration that includes iCal, patients booking online will also receive a confirmation email with .ICS attachment.
TIP: With modern security concerns patients may be reluctant to open attachments. Perhaps it is worth explaining the nature of the .ics attachment to patients at the time of booking, and / or modifying the Appointment Confirmation template email message to include an explanation of the attachment
This is a patient calendar pre-appointment alarm that can be included in the .ICS attachment.
Configurable, with a default of 60 minutes. Leave it blank to have no alarm.
It doesn't apply if the Include iCal checkbox is un-checked:
Note that the Appointment Alarm does not replace the normal appointment Email or SMS reminders in EXACT; it is a calendar-based reminder that works with the calendar appointment.
If you do not use email templates but manually create emails, this is a means of having a standard footer or signature.
Configure an email signature or footer for automatically adding to any email messages that are not created via email template.
To add a signature or footer, click in the entry box, then select the required template file using the List or up/down buttons.
If the email template file does not already exist, you will have to create one. When you create a template, the footer or signature can simply be written into the template.
Select Next to go to the next configuration screen for setting up automatic appointment reminders