Mail Merge is a mechanism for creating letters for multiple patients, en-masse. For example, periodically you could conduct a search of the patient database for patients that are due for a return visit (a Recall), and then automatically print Recall notification letters for each patient who appears in the search results.
To use the Mail Merge facilities built into Clinical, you must;
o Ensure you have a template available to act as the basis for the letters you intend to print in bulk, and
o Conduct a search of the patient database to generate a list of patient to print a letter for.
1. Generate a list of patients to send letters to, by conducting a search.
at the bottom of the search window. The Select Mail Merge Template window
3. Select a template from either the 'User Defined' or 'Supplied' lists.
You may be prompted to enter a description for the mail merge. In the
case of a failed print run, this description can be used in conjunction
with the Mail Merge Utility in helping you identify which mail merge print
runs need to be resumed. The Mail Merge Utility is part of the MedicalDirector
Maintenance suite. For the Mail Merge Description box to appear you must
first enable it via Mail Merge Print Options.
6. MedicalDirector Clinical begins to 'assemble' your letters, merging the details of the patients you have selected into them. If the template you selected contains fields, you may be prompted for further information to be added to the letters.
7. The letters are automatically printed, using your current print options. A copy of the letter is added to each patient's record and can be viewed using the Letters tab on the patient's Clinical Window.