A complete guide to AngelTrack's messaging functionality, how to use it, the configuration options available, and troubleshooting tips
AngelTrack's messaging system can send emails and SMS messages to employees, notifying them of significant events such as dispatch assignments and clock-ins. AngelTrack can also send email (but not SMS) messages to affiliates and facilities, notifying them of dispatch assignments and invoices.
When receiving such messages over SMS, the recipient may reply with the word STOP to immediately cease all messaging. The recipient may also reply with the word HELP to learn how to cease and to resume AngelTrack messaging.
AngelTrack EMS+Fire Crew Notifications
AngelTrack sends messages to employees to notify them of relevant activity in shifts, dispatches, incidents, and the timeclock.
To receive such messages, an employee must provide AngelTrack with his or her email address or SMS (text-message) phone number, by visiting their Employee Self-Edit page.
There is no requirement to use AngelTrack EMS+Fire Crew Notifications. You may choose to participate, or choose to stop participating, at any time and for any reason. The service is provided as an adjunct notification channel that supports, rather than replaces, the Nextel or HF radio dispatch system already in use by your employer.
Opt-in / Configuring your user account for messaging
To configure your messaging settings, simply click your initials in the upper-right corner of any AngelTrack page. This will open the Employee Self-Edit page. Select the "Identity" tab and you will see this:
Choose email or SMS as your delivery method
You may choose to receive AngelTrack's notifications via email or via SMS. On the messaging settings panel for your employee account, you may select your delivery option here:
If you select SMS as your delivery option, then you will promptly receive a confirmation message:
Welcome to AngelTrack EMS Crew Notifications. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg frequency varies.
Reply YES to confirm. Reply HELP for help or STOP to cancel.
You must reply YES to the confirmation message; if you no longer have the confirmation message on your mobile device, then send the word YES to AngelTrack's SMS phone number, 66592.
AngelTrack will then acknowledge your reply:
At any time you may reply with "STOP" to cancel your subscription and halt all future notifications. Thereafter, you may send "START" to resume.
Choose which notifications you wish to receive
Each employee can choose to receive email or SMS messages about any of the following events, some of which will result in AngelTrack sending more than ten messages per day:
☑ Dispatch assignments
Receive a message whenever an active dispatch is assigned to your shift, or when your active dispatch is unassigned, cancelled, or significantly modified.
☑ Shift begins in one hour
Receive a heads-up message whenever you are included in a scheduled shift that is going to activate in one hour.
☑ Shift begins or ends
Receive a message whenever you are included in a new shift, or added to an existing shift, or removed from an existing shift, or when a member of a shift that is ending.
☑ Incident assignments
Receive a message whenever an incident is assigned to you, or unassigned from you, or modified by someone else while it is assigned to you.
☑ Clocked in or out by a supervisor
Receive a message whenever a supervisor or dispatcher clocks you in or out (as opposed to clocking yourself out in the usual way).
☑ Two-factor authentication during login
After you login to AngelTrack with your username and correct password, receive a 6-digit authentication code to complete your authentication.
In addition, dispatchers and supervisors can choose to receive the following messages via email (not available by SMS):
☑ Nightly copy of next day's dispatch schedule
(Dispatchers and Captains only)
Receive an email message each night showing a chart of the next day's dispatch schedule. You can configure an inbox rule (in your email application) to file these messages away in a folder, where they can be retrieved later if needed. These nightly messages are part of Disaster Preparedness.
☑ Nightly summary of yesterday's dispatches
(Captains and Billers only)
Receive an email message each night showing a chart summarizing the prior day's completed dispatches.
This message is large, and so is not available over SMS; it can be received only as an email message.
☑ Any new incident submitted
(Captains and HR only)
Receive an email message whenever any employee submits a new incident, regardless of who the incident is assigned to. Does not include incidents that are flagged ☑ Lock out Captains and HR.
The following samples illustrate the typical messages that AngelTrack will send, at the relevant times. The "Reply STOP..." opt-out instructions at the bottom of each message are sent in the case of SMS delivery, but not in the case of email delivery.
ASSIGNED: Rogers, roll now for pickup at Acmee Family Medicine
SHIFT in Medic6 is starting
INCIDENT 4253 assigned: Doe in Ambulance 1268
CANCELLED: Rogers, pickup at Acme Family Medicine
SHIFT in Unit 131 has ended
CLOCKOUT from on-duty
You have successfully been unsubscribed from AngelTrack EMS Crew Notifications. You will not receive any more messages from this number.
Message and data rates may apply
If you choose SMS for delivery of AngelTrack's notifications, rather than email, your mobile carrier may charge you per-message and/or per-kilobyte. You are responsible for these fees, as they will be assessed against your mobile phone plan.
Message frequency varies. AngelTrack may send you up to ten, or possibly even twenty, notifications per day, if you are aboard a busy ambulance that receives many calls throughout your shift.
To halt delivery of SMS messages from AngelTrack, you may do either of:
- Reply with "STOP" to the SMS message. AngelTrack will acknowledge the message and immediately cease all SMS messaging to your phone. You may resume at any time by texting the word "START".
- Click your initials to visit your Employee Self-Edit account, and delete your SMS phone number, or untick all the desired message types.
To halt delivery of email messages from AngelTrack sends, visit your AngelTrack home page, and click your initials to visit your Employee Self-Edit page. From there you may untick all the message types that you no longer wish to receive. You should leave your email address in-place, even if all other message types are un-ticked, so that AngelTrack can send you password-reset emails if you forget your password.
AngelTrack EMS crew notifications are not location-aware. They are sent to notify you of events relating to dispatches, shifts, the timeclock, incidents, and password resets; they are not aware of your location, nor are they affected by it.
Additional customer care
For further help regarding SMS delivery of AngelTrack's notification messages, you may reply "HELP" to any AngelTrack SMS message. You will then receive additional instructions, as well as a contact email address and toll-free number in case you need to speak to someone in technical support.
For further help regarding email delivery of AngelTrack's notification messages, you may click the "i" icon on AngelTrack's home page to view the technical support contact phone number and email address.
Under no circumstances does AngelTrack share your phone number, email address, or other personal data with any third party. Please refer to AngelTrack's Privacy Statement for details.
Your mobile carrier is not liable for message delivery problems
If using SMS for delivery of AngelTrack's notifications, rather than email, be advised that your mobile carrier tries their best to deliver the messages in a reliable and timely manner... but many external factors can interfere with this process. It is a "best effort" system; neither your carrier nor AngelTrack LLC nor your employer is liable for lost or delayed SMS messages.
Messages to Affiliates
If you configure the email addresses for your affiliates, AngelTrack can send them messages.
The affiliate's email provider must be HIPAA-compliant, as AngelTrack's messages will often contain PHI data. This feature is not available over SMS.
Dispatch assignments, changes, and cancellations
AngelTrack sends a message to the affiliate when a dispatch is assigned or unassigned to that affiliate. This gives the affiliate an advanced written record of work to be performed: the email is sent as soon as the dispatch is assigned, so if you pre-assign the day's work, the affiliate can learn of their assignments ahead of time.
When a change or cancellation occurs to a dispatch that is assigned to an affiliate, the affiliate is sent a notification message. The message contains all the information the affiliate needs to account for the change/cancellation.
These are all sent automatically to the affiliate's primary messaging address, if configured.
Run reports and invoices
If the affiliate has a secondary messaging address configured, and if a dispatch is marked as billable to the affiliate, then the PCR will offer an option to the crew to email the run report as a PDF to that address.
Also, when the Invoice Generator for Affiliates creates an invoice for that affiliate, it will offer -- upon commit -- to send the completed invoice to that email address.
Messages to Facilities
If you configure the email addresses of your facilities, AngelTrack can send them messages.
The facility's email provider must be HIPAA-compliant, as AngelTrack's messages will often contain PHI data. This feature is not available over SMS.
Whenever a facility has an email address configured to receive PCRs, and if the facility is attached to a dispatch as the origin or destination, then the PCR will offer an option to the crew to email the run report as a PDF to that address.
Each facility record also has a configurable email address for invoices. The Invoice Generator for Facilities will offer -- upon commit -- to send the completed invoice to that email address.
Compliance With HIPAA Security Rule
AngelTrack's email provider, MailGun, complies with the HIPAA Security Rule for sending PHI data. However, the recipient of AngelTrack's emails must also be compliant.
Most email providers are not compliant with the HIPAA security rule; to see which ones are, visit HIPAA HQ's list…. Do not input a recipient email address into AngelTrack until you have spoken with the recipient and received their assurance that their email provider is HIPAA secure!
This matter does not apply to messages sent via SMS, aka AngelTrack EMS Crew Notifications, because they do not contain PHI data subject to HIPAA.
If AngelTrack's messages are not arriving as expected, check all of the following:
- Verify that the employee in question (the one who does not receive AngelTrack's messages) has input his correct messaging address into his employee settings in AngelTrack, and that the employee has checked the box indicating his desire to be notified of that particular event.
- Check the employee's record in AngelTrack to see if there are any error-messages or unsubscribe-requests noted next to his messaging address fields.
- If the problem is the delivery of messages via email, then consider the following workarounds:
- Try a different email address, using the "Send a Test Message" button.
- Check your junkmail folder to see if AngelTrack's messages were marked as spam, and if so, add AngelTrack to your list of trusted senders. AngelTrack's messaging IP addresses are: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
- Switch to SMS messaging.
- If the problem is the delivery of SMS texts, then consider these possible explanations:
- Perhaps your phone number was previously unsubscribed. Try texting the word "START" to AngelTrack's SMS phone number: 66592.
- Sprint customers may be able to allow messages sent from AngelTrack by texting the phrase "Allow 66592" to 9999.
- Non-Sprint customers may need to call their carrier's support group to enable "Premium" or "short code" messaging.
- Switch to email messaging instead.
- For both email and SMS problems, if your mobile devices have a poor signal inside your metal station building, or in the backs of your vehicles, adding a mobile-hotspot device probably won't help, but a WeBoost signal-booster device probably will.
- If all else fails, contact AngelTrack Support, using the phone number displayed when clicking the "Support" item on the AngelTrack home page.
If AngelTrack deletes your messaging address from its records
AngelTrack will remove a messaging address from an employee/vehicle/affiliate/facility record under the following circumstances:
- AngelTrack's email provider -- MailGun -- says the address is invalid; e.g. mistyped as gmail.con rather than gmail.com.
- The receiving email provider returns an error saying the address does not exist in their system.
- The receiving email provider returns a complaint, saying the recipient marked AngelTrack's emails as spam. To protect its reputation as a legitimate sender of emails, AngelTrack will thereafter refuse to send anything to that email address.