Engagement: Patient Chat

Learn more about how to use Engagement [Modento] Patient Chat

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Written by Grace Richards
Updated over a week ago

From sending quick message to responding to questions, addressing and monitoring patient messages has never been easier with Engagement Patient Chat.

Before you get started, watch this short video on the Patient Chat feature:

In this article, we'll explore:


How to Send Individual Text / Email Messages to Patients

  1. Navigate to the Patient Chat in the left side menu

  2. Search for a patient using the search bar

    Click on the filters to show all unread messages or assigned/unassigned messages
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  3. To view chats, select a patient chat by clicking on the message

  4. To respond to a message, start by typing a message manually or click the + Quick message button to select a template

  5. Add any desired placeholders, images, or emojis

  6. Choose to send the message via text or email, then click Send (if any of these options are not available, it means the patient does not have contact information attached to their profile)

Note: There is a 560 character limit when sending manual text messages from within Patient Chat. The character counter will show as you type your message.

Automated text messages created from Direct Message Templates or Verbiage Settings have a 320 character limit to allow for the office contact information and patient details that may need to be included in the message.


How to Assign Patient Chats to Team Members

  1. Access the Patient Chat feature

  2. Click into the patient chat that you would like to assign

  3. Use the 3-dot menu in the chat window to assign the conversation to a team member or show/hide the patient's conversation history

  4. Select the team member that you would like to assign, as well as the length of time the chat will be assigned to the selected team member. Click Assign to complete


Patient chats that have been assigned to team members will show the name of the assigned team member in the message preview window on the left bar navigation:
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How to Filter Patient Chats

  1. Access the Patient Chat feature and click on the filter icon or message icon next to the search bar

  2. Filter icon: Select the message assignments you would like to apply (Unassigned, Assigned to Me, or team member name)

  3. Select as many options as you'd like, then click Apply

  4. Message icon: Filter messages to show only chats that are currently marked as unread

Note: Patient chat threads and messages cannot be deleted.


Show or Hide Message History

When viewing a conversation in the Patient Chat, you may choose to Show All Communication. This will show all automated and manually sent messages from the beginning of time with this patient.

Deselecting this option will only show messages that are from the current day.

User settings for Show All Communication now saves per user per device. Meaning if a user is signed into Engagement [Modento] on a computer and clicks Show All Communications, the setting will stay clicked on this computer for their log in. If the user signs into Engagement [Modento] on a different device, they will need to click Show All Communications on that computer to save as the default for that device. If another user were to sign in on that same computer, it will not have the check box selected default until done manually through their log in.

When you receive an email in the patient chat, Engagement [Modento] autodetects signature fields on emails and prevents them from loading. This helps ensure that your dashboard stays clean and uncluttered, allowing your office to practice smarter!

Appointment Confirmations in Patient Chat

Patient confirmation responses to automated appointment reminders will not show up as new unread messages at the top of of the messaging window in Patient Chat. This functionality reduces clogging up your message feed and helps ensure that your practice stays on top of the active messages from patients that needs responses.

Show all communications in patient message thread

If you would like to have confirmation responses to automated appointment reminders show up in each individual thread so that you can see it in the chat history, make sure you click to select the checkbox to show all communications. Selecting this checkbox will include automated responses in the patient chat history.

  1. Click on Patient Chat in the left side menu of Engagement

  2. Use the search bar to locate the patient by name

  3. Click on the patient message thread to open it

  4. Click on the three-dot menu in the up right corner and select Show all communications

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