1. Your EMR and Ocean Online Booking: What you need to know

    Prerequisites

    • The Ocean site must have Cloud Connect set up.
    • There must be a Patient Messaging & Reminders Licence enabled for each Provider schedule you are using for Online Booking.
    • The site must have a configured and validated directory listing. Details from this directory listing are used to populate the clinic's information on the confirmation page and/or email to the patient.

    The Scheduler

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    By default, Ocean will display all empty time slots in your EMR for online booking. There are several ways you can make slots unavailable for online booking.
      • Set Booking Time and Clear Booking Time. Using the Set Booking Time and Clear Booking Time to indicate bookable time slots in your schedule. Unavailable time slots will be denoted with a violet "x" in the PS Suite schedule.
      • Booking Filler Appointments. Time slots with patients assigned are unavailable for online booking. You can also block off a time slot by putting a description in the "Details" field of the time slot in your PS Suite schedule - such as "no online booking", "lunch", "meeting", etc. When the "Details" field is filled, Ocean will see that slot as unavailable.
      • PS Suite Appointment Types. For advanced restrictions, such as a maximum number of a certain appointment type per day, or different availability based on the type of appointment being booked, you will be required to use EMR Appointment Type Mapping along with creating placeholder Appointment Types in PS Suite. You must include "online booking" or "/ob" in the title of these placeholder appointment types.

    Warning for PS Suite users:

    Ocean does not recognize background text and colour from the PS Suite scheduler. Time slots marked with only background text or colour using the 'Recurrent Text & Colour' feature in PS Suite will be seen as open, bookable time slots to Ocean. Do not attempt to block off time slots in the schedule by changing the slots using this feature.

    Telus does not make these background colours available to third-party systems like Ocean, so the online booking engine is unable to determine their existence. As far as Ocean can see, a slot with a blue background with no appointment is the same as a slot with a white background with no appointment.

    Primary Providers

    Ocean can apply restrictions for online booking based on the patient's primary provider - for example, if only Dr. Kavanagh's patients should be able to book online into Dr. Kavanagh's EMR schedule. Clinics may set primary providers differently in their EMR - please see below to learn which field Ocean looks at for each EMR.

    A note on searching providers in your EMR.

    In PSS: Click Appointments to open the EMR scheduler. In the top menu, click Providers -> View One Provider to view a list of all providers in your EMR.

    In Med Access: Click the dropdown menu under Provider or Resource to view a list of all providers in your EMR.

    In Accuro: Press F2 to open the Provider Management window.

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    • Ocean will treat the provider listed in the "Patient's MD/NP" field as the patient's primary provider.
    • The provider's name in the "Patient's MD/NP" field must match the name in the User's First Name and Last Name in the Edit Users Dialog.
  2. Set Up Appointment Types Available for Online Booking

    The first step is to configure all Appointment Types for all providers who will be using online booking. These Appointment Types will become available when configuring your provider schedules. 

     

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    1. Ensure you have met all of Ocean's online booking prerequisites.
    2. Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
    3. Next to the Appointment Types heading, click Configure.
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    Enable/Disable EMR Appointment Type Mapping
    EMR Appointment Type Mapping is a feature that allows Ocean to book patients into your EMR and assign one of your pre-existing EMR Appointment Types to the booked appointment. When enabled, you will see the "EMR Appointment Type" field, where you can indicate the type of appointment that will be booked into your EMR schedule. In the image above, you can see that when a patient selects the "In Person Visit" label, the patient will be booked into the EMR schedule using the "Checkup" appointment type.

     

    When EMR Appointment Type Mapping is used, you can also customize powerful restrictions for each type of appointment such as the maximum number per day of each type, and even restrict the types of appointments that can be booked into certain time slots throughout the day. Read more about EMR Appointment Type Mapping for online booking

     

    Add Appointment Type
    This button will add a new row to the appointments table. There is no limit to the number of appointment types you can create.

     

    Label
    Refers to how the patient will see the appointment when booking online. We recommend giving each of your Appointment Type Labels a distinct name.
    Appointment Duration
    The duration is the length of the appointment that will be booked into your EMR schedule, in minutes.
    Location
    Select between "On Site" or "Virtual". If "Virtual" is selected, the booking confirmation page and confirmation email will not include the physical address of the clinic provided in your Directory Listing, and the following note will be appended instead: "Please do not go to the clinic for this appointment".

     

    If "On Site" is selected, the physical address of the clinic provided in your Directory Listing will be shown to patients on the booking confirmation page and within the confirmation email.
    Medium
    For PS Suite users only. This setting allows you to select the Medium for your appointment. Setting the Location to Virtual will provide two options: Telephone Call or Virtual Visit Video. On-Site appointments will default to In Person.

     

    This will book your patient into your PS Suite schedule with the chosen Medium. The specific field in PS Suite where this will be reflected in shown below.

    EMR Appointment Type
    Only avaialble with EMR Appointment Type Mapping enabled. This allows you to select the specific EMR Appointment Type that patients will be booked into your EMR schedule with. If you've recently added a new appointment type to your EMR or if you notice a discrepancy in the EMR appointment types listed, try running a full schedule sync in Cloud Connect.

    For Accuro and OSCAR Pro users

    At this time, Ocean cannot book appointments in your EMR and assign a "Reason" from the drop down field on the appointment.

  3. EMR Appointment Type Mapping

    EMR Appointment Type mapping is required if you would like to use appointment type restrictions.

    Mapping your appointment type(s) that you create in Ocean to the Appointment Types found in your EMR allows Ocean to book patients into your schedule, and assign one of your pre-existing EMR Appointment Types to the appointment that is booked in your schedule.

    This is helpful so that when a patient books into your schedule, you can easily recognize the type of appointment they booked when looking at your EMR schedule. You can also take advantage of powerful restrictions, such as enforcing a maximum number of appointments per day of each type, or even designate bookable slots in your EMR schedule for each type of appointment.  

    Important notes about Appointment Type Mapping

    Please note that if you decide to map to EMR appointment types, you must map all appointment types - you cannot leave any unmapped.

    If you change the name of your appointment type in your EMR after completing you initial configuration, please revisit your Appointment Types configuration page in Ocean and verify that all appointments are correctly mapped. Ocean may not recognize the change in the EMR appointment type name, so it's always best to double check your appointment type configurations to ensure your Appointment Type Mapping is accurate.

    Additionally, Accuro and OSCAR Pro users must note that at this time, Ocean cannot book appointments in your EMR and assign a "Reason" from the drop down field on the appointment.

    1. Navigate to Ocean's online booking settings.

      • Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
      • Next to the Appointment Types heading, click Configure.
    2. Enable EMR Appointment Type Mapping.

      • On the left side of your screen, click the button Enable EMR Appointment Type Mapping. This will enable it, and a fourth column will be added to the appointments table named "EMR Appointment Type".
      • Use the blue Add Appointment button and configure the appointment(s) you would like to make available for online booking. Ensure each appointment is given a duration (in minutes).
      • For each appointment type that you create in Ocean, you must select an EMR Appointment Type from the dropdown. This dropdown menu displays the list of Appointment Types found within your EMR. The EMR Appointment Type you choose here is the type of appointment which the patient will be booked into your EMR schedule with. For example, the screenshot on the right indicates that when a patient chooses the “New Issue (Quick Visit)” label during their booking, it will be booked into your EMR schedule using the “New Patient Intake” EMR appointment type.
      • Ensure you do not leave any items blank in your table. When you are finished, click the blue Save button in the bottom left.

    Where to find EMR Appointment Types

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    • From the PS Suite Dashboard, navigate to Settings > Preferences. You will be asked for your PSS user password to access preferences.
    • Select Appointments from the left and Types from the tabs at the top. This will display your current Appointment Types found within PS Suite. To create new types, you can press the "Add..." button on the right hand side if needed.
    • For clarity, these Appointment Types are applied to individual appointments in your EMR schedule using the “Type” field on each appointment as shown below.
  4. Set Up Provider Schedules

    The next step in the online booking configuration is to set up your Provider Schedules which will be using Ocean's online booking.

     

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    The next step in the online booking configuration is to set up your Provider Schedules which will be using Ocean's online booking.

    Note: Each active provider schedule is billed at $25 per schedule per month.

    If you can't find the provider schedule, it may not be synced in your Ocean and EMR integration. Review your Cloud Connect Configuration to ensure Ocean can access the provider schedules you need.

    1. Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
    2. Next to the "Provider Schedules" heading, click Configure.
    3. Click Add Schedule.
    4. Select the provider schedule you would like to add. You can start typing into the search bar, or use the window below the search bar to find your provider's schedule. See descriptions below for details about each setting.
    5. Click the Save button.

    Quick Tip:

    • If you're creating multiple Provider Schedules which have the same settings, you can use the 'Duplicate' feature after creating your first schedule.
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    Schedule Settings

    Patient friendly schedule name
    This is the name that will appear to patients when selecting this provider schedule. This will also be the name for this specific configuration of this provider schedule in your online booking configuration.
    EMR Time Slot Interval
    This refers to the provider schedule's time slot interval in your EMR.

    Default Configuration

    Allow patients to book within these template slots
    Select the template slots that Ocean may book into. Time slots in your EMR that are not templated will also be bookable by Ocean. Note that additional appointment suggestions/template slots may be bookable based on appointment type restrictions.
    Appointment Types
    Click the "Add Appointment Type" button to select the appointments that were configured in step one that patients can book into this schedule .
    *Note: If EMR appointment type mapping is on, you can enable appointment type restrictions here. Read more about appointment type restrictions.
    Who is allowed to book into this schedule?
    All patients- any patient can book into your schedule.
    Patients with Selected Primary Providers- use this setting to restrict patients who have certain providers as their primary provider to book into this schedule. For example, if Dr. Doug Kavanagh would only like his patients to book into his schedule, he would select Dr. Doug Kavanagh from the drop down list of providers.
    Booking Window
    Set how far in advance patients can book into this schedule.
    Day/Time Restrictions
    Set recurring times in the provider's schedule that aren't available for online booking. For example, you can select all days of the week, from 12pm - 1pm to ensure Ocean doesn't display appointment time slots over the lunch hour to be booked online.

    Advanced Settings

    The advanced settings contain your online booking forms. Advanced Ocean users can customize their eForms to additionally screen patients, or gather more information during their booking process.

    Warning: The appointment types configured from Step 1 will be generated in a section with the item reference “appointmentType” in this booking form. It’s highly suggested that you do not edit these items in the booking form. Only advanced eForm users should edit this section.

  5. Appointment Type Restrictions

    Appointment Type restrictions can only be applied if EMR appointment type mapping is on.

     

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    Note: Appointment Type restrictions can only be applied if EMR Appointment Type mapping is on.

    If you decide to map to EMR Appointment Types, you will have access to appointment specific restrictions. These powerful restrictions allow you to customize the number of each type of appointment that can be booked on each day of the week, the frequency in which a patient can book each appointment type, and even restrict booking to only certain slots in your EMR schedule. These can be used individually, or you can combine their functionality.

    Only book [appointment type] in [EMR appointment type] EMR time slots
    Using this restriction will allow you to set specific time slots, appointment suggestions or template slots in your EMR schedule that will only accept bookings of a certain appointment type. This is helpful if you have a type of appointment that should only be available for patients to book at a certain time of day, such as limiting only “Mental Health” appointments to be booked from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays.

    For a step-by-step guide on how to use this restriction, please see how to restrict the types of appointments that can be booked into a certain time slot
    Book a maximum of ## visits per day on [day of the week]
    Using this restriction will allow you to limit the number of appointments of this type that are booked on a particular day. To add more days, click the Add Restriction button. For example, you may choose to only allow 5 “Virtual Visits” on Mondays.
    Prevent patients from booking another visit within ## days
    Using this restriction will force the patient to wait a certain number of days before they can book an appointment of the same type again. For example, you could apply this restriction to a “Physical” appointment type and prevent patients from booking another “Physical” appointment within 365 days.
  6. Alternate Configuration*

    This step is optional. This setting is used to configure a single Provider Schedule in multiple different ways.

     

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    Note: This step is optional. This setting is used to configure a single Provider Schedule in multiple different ways.

    Alternate Configurations allow you to create multiple Provider Schedule configurations in Ocean, for a single EMR schedule. This can be helpful for a variety of reasons. For example, if a provider occasionally hosts a specialty clinic (e.g., flu shot clinic) and wants a unique online booking link for those specialty appointments only, they could configure their default schedule to accept their “regular” appointments, and create an alternate configuration of their schedule to accept specialty appointments only (flu shot appointments).

    To reduce confusion during setup, we recommend setting a unique "Patient Friendly Schedule Name" for each configuration of the same provider schedule, such as “Dr. Kavanagh” for the default configuration, and “Dr. Kavanagh - Flu Shots” for an alternate configuration for the flu shot clinic example.

    1. Navigate to Ocean's online booking settings.

      • Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
      • Next to the Provider Schedule you would like to create an alternate configuration for, click "Edit".
    2. Add and configure your alternate schedule.

      • Next to the Default Configuration heading, click Add Alternate Configuration. Scroll down to find the new Alternate Configuration heading and settings below.
      • Ensure that you indicate a unique name for your Alternate Configuration. By default, your Alternate Configuration will inherit all of the settings from the Default configuration on your Provider Schedule.
      • To change settings for an Alternate Configuration, simple click the "Change" button next to "Inherited from Default Configuration" under each setting to modify it. For example, you can press "Change" under the "Appointment Types" heading to specify the type(s) of appointments that can be booked, such as a "Flu Shot" appointment for a flu shot clinic.
      • Ensure you click the "Save" button at the bottom left when complete.
  7. Set Up Booking Links

    The final step is to configure your booking links. This will provide you with a URL for your patients to book their appointments online.

     

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    Booking Links provide you with a URL that your patients can use to book their appointments online. This URL is often placed on a website, or sent out via email to patients.

    1. Ensure you have already configured your Appointment Types and Provider Schedules prior to configuring your booking links.
    2. Login to the Ocean Portal. Click Menu and select Online Booking.
    3. Next to the Booking Links heading, click Configure.
    4. Click Add Booking Link and configure your booking link settings (see descriptions of each setting below).
    5. Ensure you press Save when completed.
    6. Copy your Booking Link's URL. You can promote this URL on your clinic's website, or in emails to your patients.

    Name of Online Booking Link
    Give your online booking link a name that makes sense to you. This will only be visible in the online booking configuration page in the Ocean portal, and will not be seen by patients. An example name could be “Dr. Kavanagh’s Online Booking Link” if only Dr. Kavangh’s schedule is bookable using this link. If multiple provider schedules are being hosted on this link, you may use a more broad name such as “[Your Clinic Name] Online Booking Link”.
    Linked Directory Listing
    Select the Directory Listing for this online booking link. Information from the contact information heading in the directory listing will populate the confirmation page and the confirmation email that patients will see when they have successfully booked an appointment online. The logo from the selected Directory Listing will appear to patients on the online booking landing page.
    Who can book into this link?
    Restrict your online booking link to only allow patients with an existing chart in your EMR to book, or allow brand new patients (no existing chart in the EMR) to book online. To learn more about how brand new patients can book online, please refer to this article: Can brand new patients book appointments online?
    Bookable Schedules
    Select the Providers Schedule(s) that will be available for patients to book using this link. If your provider schedule has an alternate configuration, click on the dropdown arrow next to Default Schedule and select the appropriate Alternate Configuration. You can only select one Provider Schedule configuration per booking link.
    Introductory Message
    Optional. This message will appear on your online booking link's landing page. You can choose to provide a welcome message to patients, or even additional information about online booking at your clinic.

    A Note About Embedding Online Booking Links and Using iFrames

    It is recommended that you do NOT embed your online booking page in an iFrame. Embedded iFrames frequently do not load or layout properly in mobile browsers, which may lead to usability and reliability problems for you and your patients.

Your EMR and Ocean Online Booking: What you need to know

Prerequisites

  • The Ocean site must have Cloud Connect set up.
  • There must be a Patient Messaging & Reminders Licence enabled for each Provider schedule you are using for Online Booking.
  • The site must have a configured and validated directory listing. Details from this directory listing are used to populate the clinic's information on the confirmation page and/or email to the patient.

The Scheduler

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By default, Ocean will display all empty time slots in your EMR for online booking. There are several ways you can make slots unavailable for online booking.
    • Set Booking Time and Clear Booking Time. Using the Set Booking Time and Clear Booking Time to indicate bookable time slots in your schedule. Unavailable time slots will be denoted with a violet "x" in the PS Suite schedule.
    • Booking Filler Appointments. Time slots with patients assigned are unavailable for online booking. You can also block off a time slot by putting a description in the "Details" field of the time slot in your PS Suite schedule - such as "no online booking", "lunch", "meeting", etc. When the "Details" field is filled, Ocean will see that slot as unavailable.
    • PS Suite Appointment Types. For advanced restrictions, such as a maximum number of a certain appointment type per day, or different availability based on the type of appointment being booked, you will be required to use EMR Appointment Type Mapping along with creating placeholder Appointment Types in PS Suite. You must include "online booking" or "/ob" in the title of these placeholder appointment types.

Warning for PS Suite users:

Ocean does not recognize background text and colour from the PS Suite scheduler. Time slots marked with only background text or colour using the 'Recurrent Text & Colour' feature in PS Suite will be seen as open, bookable time slots to Ocean. Do not attempt to block off time slots in the schedule by changing the slots using this feature.

Telus does not make these background colours available to third-party systems like Ocean, so the online booking engine is unable to determine their existence. As far as Ocean can see, a slot with a blue background with no appointment is the same as a slot with a white background with no appointment.

Primary Providers

Ocean can apply restrictions for online booking based on the patient's primary provider - for example, if only Dr. Kavanagh's patients should be able to book online into Dr. Kavanagh's EMR schedule. Clinics may set primary providers differently in their EMR - please see below to learn which field Ocean looks at for each EMR.

A note on searching providers in your EMR.

In PSS: Click Appointments to open the EMR scheduler. In the top menu, click Providers -> View One Provider to view a list of all providers in your EMR.

In Med Access: Click the dropdown menu under Provider or Resource to view a list of all providers in your EMR.

In Accuro: Press F2 to open the Provider Management window.

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  • Ocean will treat the provider listed in the "Patient's MD/NP" field as the patient's primary provider.
  • The provider's name in the "Patient's MD/NP" field must match the name in the User's First Name and Last Name in the Edit Users Dialog.

Set Up Appointment Types Available for Online Booking

The first step is to configure all Appointment Types for all providers who will be using online booking. These Appointment Types will become available when configuring your provider schedules. 

 

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  1. Ensure you have met all of Ocean's online booking prerequisites.
  2. Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
  3. Next to the Appointment Types heading, click Configure.
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Enable/Disable EMR Appointment Type Mapping
EMR Appointment Type Mapping is a feature that allows Ocean to book patients into your EMR and assign one of your pre-existing EMR Appointment Types to the booked appointment. When enabled, you will see the "EMR Appointment Type" field, where you can indicate the type of appointment that will be booked into your EMR schedule. In the image above, you can see that when a patient selects the "In Person Visit" label, the patient will be booked into the EMR schedule using the "Checkup" appointment type.

 

When EMR Appointment Type Mapping is used, you can also customize powerful restrictions for each type of appointment such as the maximum number per day of each type, and even restrict the types of appointments that can be booked into certain time slots throughout the day. Read more about EMR Appointment Type Mapping for online booking

 

Add Appointment Type
This button will add a new row to the appointments table. There is no limit to the number of appointment types you can create.

 

Label
Refers to how the patient will see the appointment when booking online. We recommend giving each of your Appointment Type Labels a distinct name.
Appointment Duration
The duration is the length of the appointment that will be booked into your EMR schedule, in minutes.
Location
Select between "On Site" or "Virtual". If "Virtual" is selected, the booking confirmation page and confirmation email will not include the physical address of the clinic provided in your Directory Listing, and the following note will be appended instead: "Please do not go to the clinic for this appointment".

 

If "On Site" is selected, the physical address of the clinic provided in your Directory Listing will be shown to patients on the booking confirmation page and within the confirmation email.
Medium
For PS Suite users only. This setting allows you to select the Medium for your appointment. Setting the Location to Virtual will provide two options: Telephone Call or Virtual Visit Video. On-Site appointments will default to In Person.

 

This will book your patient into your PS Suite schedule with the chosen Medium. The specific field in PS Suite where this will be reflected in shown below.

EMR Appointment Type
Only avaialble with EMR Appointment Type Mapping enabled. This allows you to select the specific EMR Appointment Type that patients will be booked into your EMR schedule with. If you've recently added a new appointment type to your EMR or if you notice a discrepancy in the EMR appointment types listed, try running a full schedule sync in Cloud Connect.

For Accuro and OSCAR Pro users

At this time, Ocean cannot book appointments in your EMR and assign a "Reason" from the drop down field on the appointment.


EMR Appointment Type Mapping

EMR Appointment Type mapping is required if you would like to use appointment type restrictions.

Mapping your appointment type(s) that you create in Ocean to the Appointment Types found in your EMR allows Ocean to book patients into your schedule, and assign one of your pre-existing EMR Appointment Types to the appointment that is booked in your schedule.

This is helpful so that when a patient books into your schedule, you can easily recognize the type of appointment they booked when looking at your EMR schedule. You can also take advantage of powerful restrictions, such as enforcing a maximum number of appointments per day of each type, or even designate bookable slots in your EMR schedule for each type of appointment.  

Important notes about Appointment Type Mapping

Please note that if you decide to map to EMR appointment types, you must map all appointment types - you cannot leave any unmapped.

If you change the name of your appointment type in your EMR after completing you initial configuration, please revisit your Appointment Types configuration page in Ocean and verify that all appointments are correctly mapped. Ocean may not recognize the change in the EMR appointment type name, so it's always best to double check your appointment type configurations to ensure your Appointment Type Mapping is accurate.

Additionally, Accuro and OSCAR Pro users must note that at this time, Ocean cannot book appointments in your EMR and assign a "Reason" from the drop down field on the appointment.

  1. Navigate to Ocean's online booking settings.

    • Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
    • Next to the Appointment Types heading, click Configure.
  2. Enable EMR Appointment Type Mapping.

    • On the left side of your screen, click the button Enable EMR Appointment Type Mapping. This will enable it, and a fourth column will be added to the appointments table named "EMR Appointment Type".
    • Use the blue Add Appointment button and configure the appointment(s) you would like to make available for online booking. Ensure each appointment is given a duration (in minutes).
    • For each appointment type that you create in Ocean, you must select an EMR Appointment Type from the dropdown. This dropdown menu displays the list of Appointment Types found within your EMR. The EMR Appointment Type you choose here is the type of appointment which the patient will be booked into your EMR schedule with. For example, the screenshot on the right indicates that when a patient chooses the “New Issue (Quick Visit)” label during their booking, it will be booked into your EMR schedule using the “New Patient Intake” EMR appointment type.
    • Ensure you do not leave any items blank in your table. When you are finished, click the blue Save button in the bottom left.

Where to find EMR Appointment Types

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  • From the PS Suite Dashboard, navigate to Settings > Preferences. You will be asked for your PSS user password to access preferences.
  • Select Appointments from the left and Types from the tabs at the top. This will display your current Appointment Types found within PS Suite. To create new types, you can press the "Add..." button on the right hand side if needed.
  • For clarity, these Appointment Types are applied to individual appointments in your EMR schedule using the “Type” field on each appointment as shown below.

Set Up Provider Schedules

The next step in the online booking configuration is to set up your Provider Schedules which will be using Ocean's online booking.

 

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The next step in the online booking configuration is to set up your Provider Schedules which will be using Ocean's online booking.

Note: Each active provider schedule is billed at $25 per schedule per month.

If you can't find the provider schedule, it may not be synced in your Ocean and EMR integration. Review your Cloud Connect Configuration to ensure Ocean can access the provider schedules you need.

  1. Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
  2. Next to the "Provider Schedules" heading, click Configure.
  3. Click Add Schedule.
  4. Select the provider schedule you would like to add. You can start typing into the search bar, or use the window below the search bar to find your provider's schedule. See descriptions below for details about each setting.
  5. Click the Save button.

Quick Tip:

  • If you're creating multiple Provider Schedules which have the same settings, you can use the 'Duplicate' feature after creating your first schedule.
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Schedule Settings

Patient friendly schedule name
This is the name that will appear to patients when selecting this provider schedule. This will also be the name for this specific configuration of this provider schedule in your online booking configuration.
EMR Time Slot Interval
This refers to the provider schedule's time slot interval in your EMR.

Default Configuration

Allow patients to book within these template slots
Select the template slots that Ocean may book into. Time slots in your EMR that are not templated will also be bookable by Ocean. Note that additional appointment suggestions/template slots may be bookable based on appointment type restrictions.
Appointment Types
Click the "Add Appointment Type" button to select the appointments that were configured in step one that patients can book into this schedule .
*Note: If EMR appointment type mapping is on, you can enable appointment type restrictions here. Read more about appointment type restrictions.
Who is allowed to book into this schedule?
All patients- any patient can book into your schedule.
Patients with Selected Primary Providers- use this setting to restrict patients who have certain providers as their primary provider to book into this schedule. For example, if Dr. Doug Kavanagh would only like his patients to book into his schedule, he would select Dr. Doug Kavanagh from the drop down list of providers.
Booking Window
Set how far in advance patients can book into this schedule.
Day/Time Restrictions
Set recurring times in the provider's schedule that aren't available for online booking. For example, you can select all days of the week, from 12pm - 1pm to ensure Ocean doesn't display appointment time slots over the lunch hour to be booked online.

Advanced Settings

The advanced settings contain your online booking forms. Advanced Ocean users can customize their eForms to additionally screen patients, or gather more information during their booking process.

Warning: The appointment types configured from Step 1 will be generated in a section with the item reference “appointmentType” in this booking form. It’s highly suggested that you do not edit these items in the booking form. Only advanced eForm users should edit this section.


Appointment Type Restrictions

Appointment Type restrictions can only be applied if EMR appointment type mapping is on.

 

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Note: Appointment Type restrictions can only be applied if EMR Appointment Type mapping is on.

If you decide to map to EMR Appointment Types, you will have access to appointment specific restrictions. These powerful restrictions allow you to customize the number of each type of appointment that can be booked on each day of the week, the frequency in which a patient can book each appointment type, and even restrict booking to only certain slots in your EMR schedule. These can be used individually, or you can combine their functionality.

Only book [appointment type] in [EMR appointment type] EMR time slots
Using this restriction will allow you to set specific time slots, appointment suggestions or template slots in your EMR schedule that will only accept bookings of a certain appointment type. This is helpful if you have a type of appointment that should only be available for patients to book at a certain time of day, such as limiting only “Mental Health” appointments to be booked from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For a step-by-step guide on how to use this restriction, please see how to restrict the types of appointments that can be booked into a certain time slot
Book a maximum of ## visits per day on [day of the week]
Using this restriction will allow you to limit the number of appointments of this type that are booked on a particular day. To add more days, click the Add Restriction button. For example, you may choose to only allow 5 “Virtual Visits” on Mondays.
Prevent patients from booking another visit within ## days
Using this restriction will force the patient to wait a certain number of days before they can book an appointment of the same type again. For example, you could apply this restriction to a “Physical” appointment type and prevent patients from booking another “Physical” appointment within 365 days.

Alternate Configuration*

This step is optional. This setting is used to configure a single Provider Schedule in multiple different ways.

 

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Note: This step is optional. This setting is used to configure a single Provider Schedule in multiple different ways.

Alternate Configurations allow you to create multiple Provider Schedule configurations in Ocean, for a single EMR schedule. This can be helpful for a variety of reasons. For example, if a provider occasionally hosts a specialty clinic (e.g., flu shot clinic) and wants a unique online booking link for those specialty appointments only, they could configure their default schedule to accept their “regular” appointments, and create an alternate configuration of their schedule to accept specialty appointments only (flu shot appointments).

To reduce confusion during setup, we recommend setting a unique "Patient Friendly Schedule Name" for each configuration of the same provider schedule, such as “Dr. Kavanagh” for the default configuration, and “Dr. Kavanagh - Flu Shots” for an alternate configuration for the flu shot clinic example.

  1. Navigate to Ocean's online booking settings.

    • Login to the Ocean Portal. Click the "Menu" button in the top left corner and select "Online Booking". Click the "Settings" button in the top right corner.
    • Next to the Provider Schedule you would like to create an alternate configuration for, click "Edit".
  2. Add and configure your alternate schedule.

    • Next to the Default Configuration heading, click Add Alternate Configuration. Scroll down to find the new Alternate Configuration heading and settings below.
    • Ensure that you indicate a unique name for your Alternate Configuration. By default, your Alternate Configuration will inherit all of the settings from the Default configuration on your Provider Schedule.
    • To change settings for an Alternate Configuration, simple click the "Change" button next to "Inherited from Default Configuration" under each setting to modify it. For example, you can press "Change" under the "Appointment Types" heading to specify the type(s) of appointments that can be booked, such as a "Flu Shot" appointment for a flu shot clinic.
    • Ensure you click the "Save" button at the bottom left when complete.

Set Up Booking Links

The final step is to configure your booking links. This will provide you with a URL for your patients to book their appointments online.

 

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Booking Links provide you with a URL that your patients can use to book their appointments online. This URL is often placed on a website, or sent out via email to patients.

  1. Ensure you have already configured your Appointment Types and Provider Schedules prior to configuring your booking links.
  2. Login to the Ocean Portal. Click Menu and select Online Booking.
  3. Next to the Booking Links heading, click Configure.
  4. Click Add Booking Link and configure your booking link settings (see descriptions of each setting below).
  5. Ensure you press Save when completed.
  6. Copy your Booking Link's URL. You can promote this URL on your clinic's website, or in emails to your patients.

Name of Online Booking Link
Give your online booking link a name that makes sense to you. This will only be visible in the online booking configuration page in the Ocean portal, and will not be seen by patients. An example name could be “Dr. Kavanagh’s Online Booking Link” if only Dr. Kavangh’s schedule is bookable using this link. If multiple provider schedules are being hosted on this link, you may use a more broad name such as “[Your Clinic Name] Online Booking Link”.
Linked Directory Listing
Select the Directory Listing for this online booking link. Information from the contact information heading in the directory listing will populate the confirmation page and the confirmation email that patients will see when they have successfully booked an appointment online. The logo from the selected Directory Listing will appear to patients on the online booking landing page.
Who can book into this link?
Restrict your online booking link to only allow patients with an existing chart in your EMR to book, or allow brand new patients (no existing chart in the EMR) to book online. To learn more about how brand new patients can book online, please refer to this article: Can brand new patients book appointments online?
Bookable Schedules
Select the Providers Schedule(s) that will be available for patients to book using this link. If your provider schedule has an alternate configuration, click on the dropdown arrow next to Default Schedule and select the appropriate Alternate Configuration. You can only select one Provider Schedule configuration per booking link.
Introductory Message
Optional. This message will appear on your online booking link's landing page. You can choose to provide a welcome message to patients, or even additional information about online booking at your clinic.

A Note About Embedding Online Booking Links and Using iFrames

It is recommended that you do NOT embed your online booking page in an iFrame. Embedded iFrames frequently do not load or layout properly in mobile browsers, which may lead to usability and reliability problems for you and your patients.