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Nookal vs. Power Diary

A practice management system has a big impact on the running of your practice, so we understand that your choice is an important decision.

Whilst Nookal and Power Diary are both great options, we wanted to make you aware of some of the key differences which we’ve highlighted below.

What’s the difference between Nookal and Power Diary?

When choosing between Nookal and Power Diary, you should consider carefully which features your practice will utilise the most. If your clinic would benefit from time-saving treatment note templates, an advanced waitlist, and other streamlining functionalities, then Power Diary will be a better choice.

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Why should you choose Power Diary?


100% Money-Back Guarantee

Unlike Nookal, Power Diary offers a unique 100% money-back guarantee. Customer satisfaction is a top priority, so if you decide that Power Diary’s not right for you at any time within the first 12 months, just let us know and we’ll refund 100% of your subscription fees (including SMS charges!) – no strings attached.


Inbuilt Logic to Process Appointment Reminder Responses

Nookal and Power Diary both offer SMS and email appointment reminders, which will drastically reduce the number of no-shows a practice will experience. However, only Power Diary has inbuilt logic able to process the SMS responses received, and reflect any changes to the booking status within the diary. Using our colour-coding system, you can see at a glance who has confirmed. This reduces the amount of time spent on administration, plus eliminates the risk of missing a response.

Auto-processing is not only convenient for the client, but for the practitioner involved too. The less time spent confirming appointments, the more time available to focus on running their practice.


Advanced Waitlist Functionalities

Cancellations are inevitable for health practices, and whilst both Nookal and Power Diary have a Waitlist feature to help fill them, there are some differences which set them apart.

When clients are added to Nookal’s waitlist, they are listed in order of when they were added, with the option to mark certain clients as a priority, moving them to the top of the list.

With Power Diary, practitioners are able to filter clients on the waitlist according to criteria such as current wait time, preferred practitioner, and their availability. This ensures that appointments are offered to clients best suited to the available slot. Power Diary goes one step further by enabling you to send a bulk text to your selected group of clients directly from the waitlist feature, all within a few clicks.


Specialised Treatment Note Templates

Most clinicians will appreciate the potential time saving which can be achieved by using pre-prepared treatment note templates. That’s why Power Diary offers over 100 templates, tailored for a wide range of professions. These can be customised to suit your practice, or alternatively you can start from scratch, choosing to add sections such as image charting with annotation, multiple choice and tick boxes, note sections, and more. You can also duplicate previous client notes to save time when preparing your notes.

Although a customisable template is provided, Nookal doesn’t offer anything in the way of specialised templates, so each must be created to suit the needs of your practice which, when initially setting up, can become very time consuming – particularly if you provide multiple treatments.


Impress Clients with a Branded Portal

Both Nookal and Power Diary have a client portal which allows clients to book and manage their own appointments online. With online bookings becoming more popular, the portal is often the first port of call for clients, both existing and new. With this in mind, it makes sense for your portal to be recognisable with your branding. With Power Diary, you can impress clients by customising the look and feel of your portal to reflect your branding. This includes adding your logo and header image, brand colours, appointment instructions, cancellation policy, and much more. Nookal, however, only allows for a logo to be uploaded.


100% Money-Back Guarantee

Unlike Nookal, Power Diary offers a unique 100% money-back guarantee. Customer satisfaction is a top priority, so if you decide that Power Diary’s not right for you at any time within the first 12 months, just let us know and we’ll refund 100% of your subscription fees (including SMS charges!) – no strings attached.


In-Platform Practice Operations Manual

Professional policies and procedures are essential when running a practice, but they’re also time-consuming and expensive to create. Power Diary is the only practive management system with an in-platform Practice Operations Manual, we’ve done most of the work for you!

The Practice Manual includes more than 100 policies and procedures, simply make any edits you’d like (or add in your own policies!) and you’ll have everyone in your practice on the same page. Nookal doesn’t offer this feature, you’ll only find this at Power Diary.

No risk with our Money-Back Guarantee

Yes, you read that right! Simply start your account now, and if at any point over the next 12 months you decide Power Diary isn’t right for you, just let us know. We’ll refund 100% of any subscription fees you’ve paid.

Still not sure whether to choose Power Diary or Nookal?

Here’s a chart where you can make a fair assessment…

Power Diary vs. NookalPower DiaryNookal
Free trial
Price for 1 practitioner (per week)$10 $5*$10.50 ($45/month)
Price for 3 practitioners (per week)$16 $8*$22 ($95/month)
Price for 7 practitioners (per week)$26 $13*$35.75 ($155/month)
Price for 15 practitioners (per week)$42 $21*N/A
Price for 30 practitioners (per week)$60 $30*N/A
Calendar management
SMS & email remindersSend up to 3 SMS and email reminders per appointment, with flexible sending times. SMS responses auto-update appointment statuses.Yes, but restricted to 2 SMS and email reminders per appointment, with no auto-updating of appointment statuses.
2-Way SMS chatSMS Messages are charged at 1 credit per 160 characters, with each credit costing 6.5p
TelehealthTelehealth is free of charge and fully integrated, so sessions do not pass through any third-party servers. It is secure and compliant with every health standard, using end-to-end encryption with peer-to-peer connections.Yes, but only possible via integrations with Physitrack, Coviu, doxy.me, and Zoom, some of which incur an additional cost.
Online FormsEasily create forms and surveys to suit your purpose, with a wide variety of specialist templates to start from if preferred. Send the unique link via SMS or email. Responses are automatically saved to the client record, including signatures.
Able to apply clinic branding.
Send by email or SMS. Responses are uploaded to the client file for approval by the clinician.
Client management system
Treatment notesOver 100 specialised, fully customisable templates, including image and body charting with annotation. Set up as many templates as needed, and easily duplicate previous notes. Option to start from scratch.Yes, but the template offered is very basic, so each template would require full creation and customisation. Only able to duplicate empty templates.
Online bookingsA booking link can be added to a website or facebook. Online bookings automatically update your diary. Brand the client portal with a logo, header image, and brand colours. Able to add cancellation policy and personalised instructions.Clients can book appointments online, and a booking link can be added to a website or facebook. Logo can be added to the client portal. Able to add cancellation policy.
WaitlistSend bulk SMS messages to a select group of clients based on criteria such as length of wait, preferred practitioner and availability.Yes, but unable to send SMS messages directly to clients on the list. Clients are shown in the order in which they were added, with the option to mark clients as priority.
Invoices & payments

Credit card processingPayments can be required and processed at the time of booking onlineCredit card payments can be accepted online.
Reports & analytics
Money-back guarantee
Data import serviceComprehensive data import service free of charge.Both free and paid data conversion services.
Practice Operations ManualThis industry-first feature provides a core set of policies and procedures that are ready to use and easily adapted to your practice.

*This comparison article reflects information available as of April 2020.

*Pricing with current special offer available until the end of this month.
All prices are in USD.

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"It's been the best program to use. I have a colleague in another practice who wishes they were on it, as it makes life a whole lot easier. Especially when it comes to the messaging service."

Raymond Inkpen,
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