A Perfect Pain Reliever: A Growing Number of Acupuncturists Turn to Appointment-Plus Online Scheduling Software for Booking, Managing their Summer Acupuncture Sessions

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A growing number of acupuncturists nationwide and around the globe are choosing Appointment-Plus to help them automate, streamline and improve their patient-booking procedures. It offers such functionality as online patient self-scheduling, automated e-mail and text message reminders, robust record-keeping and reporting, and online customer payment options.

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"...our online scheduling software is becoming a common fixture in acupuncture offices, wellness centers, holistic practices and day spas nationwide and around the globe."

Unlike the scores of people worldwide who take time off to enjoy the warm weather, activities and relaxation of the summer months, pain and body aches don’t go on vacation. Acupuncturists nationwide and throughout the globe are busy meeting with patients and providing remedies to help relieve them of their nagging symptoms. Unfortunately, acupuncturists and their staff may be feeling a pain of their own if they still rely upon inefficient scheduling procedures to book and manage their patients’ appointments and information. Thanks to proven online scheduling software from Appointment-Plus, these professionals are automating and improving this tedious and time-consuming process.

Appointment-Plus online business calendar understands the unique needs acupuncturists have for scheduling their sessions. In fact, the leading scheduling software provider has seen a significant increase recently in the number of acupuncture offices choosing it as their online scheduling solution. Among the features they’re utilizing are:

  • Online patient self-scheduling, whereby individuals can book their own appointments at their own convenience and at any hour of the day.
  • Automated e-mail and text message reminders sent prior to a scheduled appointment time.
  • Online customer payment options.
  • Robust record-keeping and reporting capabilities that make it easy for practitioners to extract patient information and pull reports.
  • E-marketing solutions through iContact.

Other features popular among acupuncturists include repeat customer reminders, which the system sends out after a specified time between visits elapses; and gift certificates to purchase and send to friends, families and colleagues who could benefit from a stress-relieving acupuncture session.

“Like all service-based businesses, acupuncturists rely on accurate appointment-scheduling to run their operations efficiently and profitably,” says Bob La Loggia, CEO of Appointment-Plus. “Taking appointments over the phone and managing information in a paper schedule book or spreadsheet can be inefficient and burdensome for acupuncturists and staff members, which is why our online scheduling software is becoming a common fixture in acupuncture offices, wellness centers, holistic practices and day spas nationwide and around the globe.”

The key to automating appointment-scheduling procedures is by offering online self-scheduling to patients, a process Appointment-Plus online business calendar makes easy by supplying each new signup with a “Schedule Now” button and unique URL link to add to a business’ Web site, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media page, newsletter, e-mail message and other forms of communication to patients. The patients then access the online business calendar in the same manner as any other Web site. They can view services, select specific practitioners and choose which days they want to come in for their session. Once booked, the online scheduling system does the rest without any additional action from the acupuncturist and his or her staff.

Because it’s Web-based, Appointment-Plus online scheduler calendar requires only an Internet connection to use, without any downloads, installation or additional hardware necessary.

Pricing starts at $39 per month, with no long-term contracts. All signups receive a complimentary training session with a professional coach during their 15-day free trial period.

“Scheduling patient appointments and managing information should not be a time and monetary drain on an acupuncture practice,” La Loggia adds. “Let Appointment-Plus online scheduling software streamlines this necessary task so that you and your staff can spend less time on the phone and more time with your patients.”

To learn more about Appointment-Plus online scheduling calendars and how they can improve your patient-booking processes, click here.

About Appointment-Plus: Appointment-Plus is the leading online appointment-scheduling system, serving organizations in 11 countries ranging from one-person businesses to Fortune 500 companies. With over 10 million end users across 100 industries, Appointment-Plus is the preferred scheduler for colleges and universities, holistic practitioners, salons, shipping docks, government agencies, health care providers, financial institutions, tour operators, and many other types of organizations. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., over 70 million appointments have been booked through Appointment-Plus since its launch in 2001.

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