Help your clients and customers use virtual appointments scheduled with Bookings

Now that your organization has begun using Microsoft Teams and the Bookings app for virtual appointments, you'll need to make sure that your clients and customers understand how to join these appointments.

Watch this video for a quick overview of what Virtual Appointments can do for your organization.

What's included in this toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help you help your customers and clients successfully join a virtual appointment that's scheduled using Bookings. You can customize the resources we provide and include links to them in your communications about virtual appointments. This toolkit includes:

Guidance for your website:
An FAQ about virtual appointments that you can customize and then host on your website. Make sure to add your own links, and any additional information that your customers need to know about your policies.

Resources for your team:
Articles and videos to help your team get more comfortable conducting virtual appointments.

Resources for your clients:
A link to Microsoft's support content, which includes a video about joining a virtual appointment.
Infographics that you can customize for your organization.

Guidance for your website

Let your customers know what to expect with virtual appointments by answering common questions. All you need to do is edit this Q&A to align with your virtual appointment policies, and paste it on your website.

Virtual Appointments basics

What is a virtual appointment?

A virtual appointment is an online appointment conducted over Microsoft Teams. You’ll be speaking one-on-one with one of our staff members, just like you would for an in-person visit.

How are virtual appointments different than in-person visits?

Let your customers know if there are differences in the services you provide virtually and in person. You can also describe any fee differences between virtual and in-person appointments.

How does a virtual appointment go?

When you join from the link in the email confirmation, you'll enter a virtual waiting room. Once a staff member joins the call, you'll enter a virtual room with them where your one-on-one visit will take place.

How does payment work for virtual appointments?

Let your customers know if you accept different types of payment for virtual Appointments.

Booking an appointment

How do I make an appointment?

Link to your organization’s booking page. Let your customers know if there are alternative ways of making virtual appointments, such as over the phone, through email, or through social media.

Who can I make an appointment with?

Make sure your clients can maintain relationships with their preferred providers by sharing which, if any, staff members are operating exclusively virtually or in-person.

How do I cancel or reschedule a virtual appointment?

You can link to your organization’s cancellation and rescheduling policy here, or describe any differences in the policy between virtual and in-person appointments.

Technology

What equipment do I need for a virtual appointment?

Customers can join a virtual appointment from any web browser or through the Microsoft Teams app. List here if your organization has additional specifications, such as a high-quality webcam or microphone. If your healthcare organization has integrated your Electronic Health Record (EHR) system with Teams, patients can join visits from your healthcare portal.

How do I join a virtual appointment?

Share the Join a Bookings appointment as an attendee link with your customers for a detailed video and step-by-step process of how to join an appointment.

Resources for your team

Make the most of Virtual Appointments in your organization by making sure your staff members know how to conduct them. You can share these articles and videos with your team members to help them better understand virtual appointments.

Resources for your clients

You can link out to this article to show your clients how to join virtual appointments:
Learn how to join a virtual appointment

Download and customize one of these infographics to feature on your website. These give your clients a quick and visually engaging way to understand how virtual appointments with your organization work.

Graphic Description and links
Image of the financial services infographic Customizable infographic for your financial services organization
Download as a PDF
Download as a PowerPoint
Image of the retail infographic Customizable infographic for your retail organization
Download as a PDF
Download as a PowerPoint
Image of the healthcare infographic Customizable infographic for your healthcare organization
Download as a PDF
Download as a PowerPoint
Image of the non-industry-specific infographic. Customizable infographic not specific to a particular industry
Download as a PDF
Download as a PowerPoint

Customize your infographic

  1. Choose one of the pre-made infographics depending on your organization's needs:

    1. Healthcare
    2. Financial services
    3. Retail
    4. Any industry
  2. Customize the infographic in PowerPoint.

    1. Use your organization's colors and preferred fonts.
    2. Add your organization's logo or branded images.
    3. Link to pages on your website such as your booking page, billing information, or homepage.
    4. Add any additional information that your customers need to know before joining a virtual appointment.
  3. Export your customized infographic as a PDF.