AccuRx Chain SMS keeps getting better!

I’ve been keen on this currently free to use app for general practice since it was launched. I have it installed and use it daily. My practice is really starting to use it and we recommend it to everyone. You must check it out if you haven’t already!

It keeps getting better. A recent update shows they’ve added loads of functionality. Here is a list of the basic and unlock able features from their website.

Basic Features

Chain has a number of features which you will be able to access once you install including;

  • Integration with the medical record (texts sent are saved and coded)
  • Pre-made message templates
  • Ability to send NHS.uk advice
  • Delivery receipts
  • Team usage stats
  • …and lots more!

Unlockable Features

Chain has a number of features you can unlock by referring outside of your practice or helping more staff in your practice get set up! See below for more details.
Custom Templates (Individual)
Allows you to create and save your own message templates
🔐 How to unlock: Refer one other practice (one user must have signed up and sent a text). See how to do this in our Help Centre.
Custom Templates (Practice)
Allows you to create and save shared templates across the practice
🔐 How to unlock: Refer two practices (one user at each must have signed up and sent a text). See how to do this in our Help Centre.
Chain Noticeboard
This lets you post brief notices that get pushed to everyone in your team instantly.
🔐 How to unlock: 5 users at your practice have sent 5 texts each. This feature will then switch on automatically. To track your users and texts sent click on your toolbar menu, go to “Manage Practice” and click “Team Usage”. 
Practice Sender ID
Allows you to change the name the text messages appear from (i.e. from accuRx to your practice name). You can see how to do this here
🔐 How to unlock: 10 users at your practice have sent 5 texts each. This feature will then switch on automatically. To track your users and texts sent click on your toolbar menu, go to “Manage Practice” and click “Team Usage”. 
Pathways
This lets you send a schedule of delayed messages.
🔐 How to unlock: Your CCG will need to be funding text messages sent by your practice via their existing SMS contract. We’re a small team, so will need you to help champion this with the CCG. For more info on how you can do this, please click here.

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