Patient Reminder Sender

The Patient Reminder Sender is a scheduled job that sends Email and SMS reminders queued by the Patient Reminder Queue job.

It should be scheduled to run during business hours.

You do not have to use the Patient Reminder Sender job.  If you do not, then Email and SMS reminders will be sent as part of the Reporting|Reminders|Send|Send All processing.

However, since you probably want to send out Email and SMS reminders more often than printed, listed, and exported reminders, then it is convenient to set up a Patient Reminder job to do this on say a daily basis.

The create/edit/view screen is as follows:

The fields are as follows:

Name The job name
Description The job description
Active This schedules the job to run if checked, or prevents it from being run if unchecked.
Minutes See Cron Expression
Hours See Cron Expression
Day Of Month See Cron Expression
Month See Cron Expression
Day Of Week See Cron Expression
Run As

Specifies the user to run the job as. This user is required to have permissions to:

  • send notification messages
  • update patient reminders
  • update patient reminder items
Notify Specifies the user or user group to notify when sending has completed. Notification only occurs when at least one reminder has been sent, or an error has occurred. You may want to use a 'real' user or group of real users, or you may want to create a user such as 'Reminder Jobs Message Receiver' used only for these notifications.


Cron Expression

The Minutes, Hours, Day Of Month, Month, and Day Of Week fields determine when the job is run, using a simplified version of a Cron expression:

Field Allowed Values Allowed Special Characters
Minutes 0-59 , - * /
Hours 0-23 , - * /
Day Of Month 1-31 , - * ? /
Month 1-12 or JAN-DEC , - * /
Day Of Week 1-7 or SUN-SAT , - * ? /

Note that only one of Day Of Month and Day Of Week may be specified. If one is specified, the other must be set to ?.

If you change the schedule, the new schedule will take effect immediately.



Description Minutes Hours Day Of Month Month Day Of Week
Run at 8am every day 0 8 ? * *
Run at 8:30 on weekdays 30 8 ? * mon-fri
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