Using Ocean to Automate Mental Health Screening

Ocean Tablets can be used to improve mental health care by automating mental health screening. Depression and mental health issues are among the most common reasons that patients seek care. The automated screening process using Ocean Tablets can be used to ask patients about any mental health concerns they are experiencing, with the results appearing in the patient's chart.

Below you will find instructions to add PHQ-9 screening to your Ocean Tablets. You can repeat the same instructions to automate other mental health screening forms as well (e.g. GAD-7, etc.)

To add rules to your tablet(s):

  • Log in to the Ocean Portal. Click "Menu" in the top left corner and select "Tablets & Kiosks".  Choose "Edit" for the tablet group that you want to add the rule to.
  • Enter the Rules tab and choose "Create Rule". Search for the "PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire) for Low Mood" from the list of forms that pops up.
  • Click "Choose" to add a rule line for that form.
  • Type in one of the following JavaScript rule in the "Trigger" text box to define when you want this form to show up automatically.
  • To load the PHQ-9 form every year for all patients over 18 years old:
  • daysSinceLastCompleted > 365 && pt.getAge() > 18
  • Copy Rule

If you have other rules for automating mental health screening in a standardized way that you would like to share with the Ocean community, let us know by reach out to us at:

To learn more about other available Tablet Rules, please refer to "Tablet Rules".

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