We are a tech company and so we are always updating and innovating. After the launch of the supplement refill reminder feature, one improvement was needed. Practitioners wanted more control over setting a date for when the refill reminder would be sent out, but we knew that wasn’t a long-term solution since calculating this data is a mundane task for a practitioner. We knew we needed a smarter solution to make the platform more advanced.
In this post, we want to show you the new and improved refill reminder feature on Fullscript. Find out what the logic was behind this feature and why it works.
Understanding the problem
While sending the refill reminder as the prescription is ending (at the 30-day mark) is needed, practitioners wanted more control over when these refill reminders were being sent. From practical experience, practitioners knew that after 30 days was not necessarily the best time to send a reminder. Depending on the protocol, a patient might need a refill reminder after 20 days of the prescription being fulfilled, while another patient might need a reminder in 2 months. Limiting the time of the refill reminder was a fix we needed to update.
What practitioners really wanted was to be able to send their refill reminder when their patients needed it the most – customize the reminders to the patients. Having understood this, we set out to solve it.
A better solution
The aim of a refill reminder is to improve patient adherence by ensuring that the patient has enough supply of a product, to successfully continue their wellness. Given that, it makes the most sense to send the refill reminder right before a patient is about to run out of supply. This is when they are most likely to actually order a refill.
This is illustrated above.
The green bars represent how much supply of a product a patient will need based on the practitioner’s prescription. The red bars represent how much supply they actually purchased. For Product A, B, and C the patient has purchased about half the supply that they actually need. However, for Product D the patient has already bought enough supply to last the entire duration of their prescription.
Using this we calculate the best day to send the refill reminder. As you can see in the illustration above, the patient is going to run out of Product C first, followed by Product A and B. Product D has been eliminated because the patient already purchased enough supply.
Enabling Personalized Refills Reminders with Advanced Dosage
By default, any supplement that’s recommended through Fullscript will come with the same supplier-suggested instructions that can be found on the product.
However, as a practitioner, you’re in control of specifying certain key fields that constitute “Advanced Dosage”. Here’s how to add your own specific instructions to create personalized refill reminders, based on your patients’ individual needs.
1. Add a supplement to the Prescription
Start by adding your recommended supplements to the patient’s prescription.
3. Save your own dosage information for next time!
If this is a product you find yourself prescribing often, go ahead and click on “save as my default” in the bottom right-hand corner to easily load your preferred dosage instructions over the default ones in the future.
4. Duration and Quantity Warning
Once you start modifying the dosage instructions, you’ll notice a small warning in the very bottom right-hand corner of the supplement – right after the quantity and before the price. This will automatically calculate how many days your patient will have the supply for.
If the prescription contains more than one supplement, we’ll also factor their ‘Advanced Dosage’ instructions into the refill reminder if they might be running out soon (Product A and Product B).
This allows the patient to proactively order products whose supply is going to run out soon.
All of this happens in the background without the practitioner having to calculate the best date to send the refill reminder.
What About In-Office Ordering?
Advanced Dosage and Refill Reminders work as a perfect compliment to In-Office Ordering. An in-office order allows your patients to purchase products at the time of visit, and now with Refill Reminders, your patients receive an email reminder when it’s time for them to refill – based on your personalized dosage instructions. It’s convenient for your patients and helps alleviate headaches for your admin staff since your patients can easily reorder on their own time from their computer, tablet, or mobile phone.
A Win for Practitioners and Patients
It would have been very easy for us to give practitioners a date picker to choose when to send a refill reminder. However, that would not have been the best solution. At Fullscript, we strived to build the experience possible – for both practitioners and your patients.