Martin Wright August 20th, 2009
If you thought the online appointment scheduler was good, it just got better. Now you can synchronize your online appointment scheduler with Google calendar and access it from anywhere. You need not have a computer with you always. You can now check and update your appointment book from your BlackBerry, Iphone or Smart Phone.
The first step to this life of freedom is to have a free Google account. You may choose to use your current account if you have one, but it is always best to have a separate account for business and personal items. Ensure that the time zone settings you use for your Google account are the same as those you used when setting up your online appointment scheduler. Your appointments will be reset to Google time zone if you use different time zones for your online scheduler and your Google account.
Now that you have set up your account open your online appointment scheduler and visit the SyncData Page. Activate the sync to Google Calendar option. You are now ready for synchronization.
The online appointment scheduler will automatically update your Google calendar. All appointments made within the two weeks prior to activating the Google sync option will be transferred to your accounts’ Google Calendar. The Google sync data function will be automatically activated several times everyday to ensure that the Google calendar stays up to date with all due appointments.
The addition of Google calendar sync function to the online appointment scheduler is a real asset to any medical practice. You can access Google calendar from anywhere. All you need is a BlackBerry, Smart Phone or iPhone. You can now conveniently check your appointments and send messages to your patients right from your phone. You no longer have to find a computer when you are away from your office.
The Google calendar data sync function not only allows you to have a portable appointment scheduler, but also helps you to avoid double booking. You can use your Blackberry, iPhone or Smartphone to set up business and private appointments. Google Calendar will be able to access your appointment book and synchronize these appointments with those transferred from the online appointment scheduler. You will therefore be able to know when business and patients’ appointments coincide. The Google Calendar sync function can also help you stop patients from booking appointments on dates or time blocks that you have set aside for business or personal appointments.
If you haven’t been able to attract business with the traditional methods of advertising, your online appointment scheduler can help you attract more traffic to your reception. Your patient will appreciate the convenience of booking appointments at their own convenience online. The addition of Google Calendar again will ensure that patients are not double booked. With Google calendar there is also no danger of their appointments clashing with your business or personal appointments. Your patient will be assured that the appointments they have made will be met, building their confidence in your practice.