Customize Your Templates (Optional)

The Template Manager will allow you create and save templates, allowing you to have a collection of standard messages (with accompanying secure messages and/or forms) to send to patients through one off Patient Messages or through Reminders.

Customized templates are very useful if you often send the same specific message and/or a set of forms to patients. Additionally, a customized template is essential if you are using Patient Reminders.

Using the Template Manager, you're able to create a brand new templates from scratch, modify existing templates, or even duplicate a template to make a similar yet slightly different version.

Creating a brand new template
  • To create a brand new template, log in to the Ocean Portal.
  • In the top left corner, select "Menu" and click "Templates". This brings you to the Template Manager.
  • Press the "Add Template" button. This will bring you into the Template Editor.
  • Certain fields are pre-populated with standard wording which you can choose to make slight modifications to, or even fully replace with your own content.
  • Once you are happy with the contents of your template, press "Save" at the bottom of the page to save your template.
  • Alternatively, you can press "Save & Make Site Default" if you would like this template to appear automatically each time you send a patient message.
  • Tip: You can easily determine your site's default template from the Template Manager by looking for the template tagged with "Site Default".
Customizing an existing template
  • To customize an existing template, log in to the Ocean Portal.
  • In the top left corner, select "Menu" and click "Templates". This brings you to the Template Manager.
  • The Template Manager displays all of your existing templates. To customize an existing template, press the "Edit" button next to it.
  • In the Template Editor, you're able to see the existing content of your template and modify it to your liking.
  • Once you have finished making your changes, press the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.
Duplicating a template

If you're looking to create a catalog of templates for use at your clinic, the Duplicate functionality is helpful to efficiently build out your templates and make small changes to the contents.

  • To duplicate a template, log in to the Ocean Portal.
  • In the top left corner, select "Menu" and click "Templates". This brings you to the Template Manager.
  • From the Template Manager, press the "Duplicate" button next to the template that you would like to duplicate.
  • You will be launched into the Template Editor which is automatically populated with the contents of the template you chose to duplicate.
  • The template is automatically named "Copy of [original template name]". You can modify the name to reflect the changes you are making to the template contents.
  • Once you are finished modifying the contents of your template, press the "Save" or "Save & Make Site Default" button at the bottom of the page to save your template.

Template Settings

Template Name

  • The template name is for you to easily recognize the contents of the template. It is never visible to patients, so you can use it to describe the purpose of the template for yourself and other users on your Ocean site.

Subject Line

  • The customizable subject line is what will appear in patients' email inbox when they receive a secure message or reminder using this template.

Salutation

  • The saluation is the opening line of the email body.
  • Tip: The @ptPreferredOrFirstName keyword will automatically populate the patient's name as it appears in your EMR, providing an automatically customized salutation for your patients.

Email Body

  • The email body allows you to customize the message that the patient will see in their email inbox.
  • Note: Content included in the email body will not be recorded into the patient's chart.

  • The “[weblink]” keyword indicates where in your email a hyperlink will automatically appear for the patient to click on to access any secure content. The hyperlink will appear as either: “View Secure Message”, “Complete Questionnaire” or “View Secure Message and Complete Questionnaire”.
  • The “[weblink_french]” keyword can be used to show the French version of the hyperlink. The hyperlink will appear as either: “Afficher le message sécurisé”, “Remplir le questionnaire” or “Afficher le message sécurisé et remplir le questionnaire”.
  • You can use the “[weblink]” and “[weblink_french]” keywords separately or together in your templates. If no keyword is included, Ocean will automatically append the English “[weblink]” version of the keyword to the end of the email body.

Secure Message

  • Choose if you would like to include a secure message in this template. A receipt of the secure message will be recorded in the patient’s EMR chart with a date and time stamp.
  • Secure messages are accessed by patients when they click on the hyperlink in the email body.
Secure Message Content
You can type any information into this text box that you would like to have saved as the secure message for this template. The contents of the secure message will be recorded in the patient's chart.
Allow patient to reply

When set to 'Yes', this option will allow the patient to provide a one-time typed response to the message. Patient responses can be found within their chart in your EMR, and you will receive an email notification alerting you that they have responded.

Note that this functionality is not available when using Group Messages with Ocean.

Notify the sender when the patient has acknowledged the secure message
When set to 'Yes', a notification will be sent to the sender’s email or the clinical delegate emails when the patient has acknolwedged the secure message.

eForms

  • Choose if you would like to add an eForm(s) to this template.
Add eForm
This button will open a window to search for and select an Ocean eForm. Once a form is added, it will be shown below the button.
You can preview or remove the eForm by using the buttons to the right of its name.
If you are adding multiple eForms, the "" arrow symbol to the left allows you to modify the sequence in which patients complete the eForms.
Notify sender when patient has completed their forms
When set to 'Yes', an email notification will be sent to the sender’s email or clinical delegate emails when the patient completes all of their eForms.

Advanced Settings

  • This area allows you to customize advanced settings including the expiration time for the hyperlink in the email body, the identity verification requirements, a redirect URL, and an overdue response timeframe.

 

Expiration Date
This field determines the period of time during which the patient can access a secure message, attachment, or Ocean forms by clicking on the hyperlink in the email.
If an Ocean form is opened, completed and submitted by the patient, it cannot be accessed again. However, secure messages and attachments remain available until the patient selects the checkbox saying, “I do not need to view this message again” or the link expires.
Identity Verification
Decide how patients can verify their identity to access secure messages and/or forms. By default, Ocean uses birth date as the required validation method. However, you can change this to an access password (given to the patient beforehand), the patient's health card number or EMR number.
Redirect URL
This will allow you to redirect the patient to the URL of your choice once they've completed an online questionnaire (i.e. when they click the "Finish" button), instead of displaying Ocean's default message. Click here for guidance on using redirects.
Overdue Notification
Receive an email notification alerting you that the patient has not yet accessed their secure message by entering the number of days here.
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