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Booking/Appointment Screen

The Appointment Screen

Features: 

Hover
  • Hovering the cursor over the patient’s name will show the reason for the appointment and any notes made regarding the appointment. When the cursor turns to a hand, clicking on the patient’s name will display notes and reason for visit.
  • Clicking the patient’s name will open the ‘Edit Appointment’ screen to make changes and updates

High Contrast Option

At your option (Administration > Schedule Management > Display Settings > Show Classic Schedule) you can switch to a higher contrast version of the schedule screen familiar to long time users.

Filtering Schedule Views

You can filter the schedules using the controls on the far right

  • You can search by the Last Name of the Provider or Group name
  • If multi-sites are enabled you can filter by bookings for a given site (here it is set to show all clinic sites)
  • You can search by Schedule group (set in Administration > Schedule Management ).  The default is the current logged in user

Booking Appointments

There are a few ways to navigate to the date for when you need to book an appointment.

Choose one of the following:

  • a) Click on the date on the upper left corner to open a calendar and choose the appropriate date (the small calendar is an optional feature controlled in Administration > Schedule Management > Display Settings )
  • b) Advance a day at a time with the arrow on either side of the date in the upper left corner of the screen
  • c) Click on the W(eek) button to show the week view
  • d) Click on Today to return to the current date
  • e) S(earch) with the search button to open a search dialog  TIP: To search the providers schedule a schedule needs to be set for the provider first
  • f) Click the flip radio button to show the next few weeks of slot availability

  • g) Click for the Month view (see Check Schedules below)
  • h) Adjust the multiplier (defaults to 1) and click on your choice of -M -W +W +M to quick move that number of weeks or months.
  • TIP Week advancement keeps the same weekday, while month advance keeps the day of the month the same adjusting for weekends (this is an optional feature controlled in Administration section)
  • i) Double click the provider to get the flip view
  • j) Click on the static week month and year buttons TIP Week advancement keeps the same weekday, while month advance keeps the day of the month the same adjusting for weekends (this is an optional feature controlled in Administration section)

With the date picked (or directly from the flip view) you just click on a time slot

After Selecting the Appointment Slot

  1. In the NAME box, type the patients phone number, hin or part of the patients last name and click the SEARCH button or hit the enter key
  2. From the list generated, click on the grey demographic number for the desired patient (TIP if there is only one demographic found in the search it will be selected automatically)
  3. TYPE will yield default values for DURATION REASON RESOURCES and LOCATION
  4. The DURATION box will default to the time associated with that template and can be changed to any other length of the appointment desired.
  5. CRITICAL will flag the appointment visually with an exclamation mark
  6. Fill in the reason for the appointment and click ADD APPOINTMENT

Booking Meetings

  1. Type the meeting information where you would put the patient’s name and save in the same way that you would save a booked appointment. If you do not click the SEARCH button, the program assumes you are booking a meeting and will put a period in front of the first word. TIP clicking the Do Not Book button will set the appointment with that heading
  2. Enter the Date and start time of the meeting.
  3. Clicking on the desired time will open a window to enter meeting details
  4. Fill in the remainder of the information and click ADD APPOINTMENT to add to the appointment screen

Booking Group Appointments

  1. Select a group that includes all of the providers that you are going to need for this appointment (top right hand corner of the screen)
  2. Open the make an appointment screen which ever way you prefer.
  3.  In the NAME box, type part of the patients last name and click the SEARCH button or hit the enter key
  4. From the list generated, click on the grey demographic number for the desired patient
  5. TYPE will yield default values for DURATION REASON RESOURCES and LOCATION
  6. The DURATION box will default to the time associated with that template and can be changed to any other length of the appointment desired.
  7. CRITICAL will flag the appointment visually with an exclamation mark
  8. Click ADD GROUP APPOINTMENT
  9. Select the providers you want involved in this appointment by clicking the check box in the second column, beside their name or click the ‘check all’ link at the bottom. This will make the appointment with a number of people, but with only one person able to do billing and encounter notes.
  10. Click ADD GROUP APPOINTMENT again and all the providers you checked off will have the same appointment with the same patient at the same time
  11. Finish by clicking add appointment

Double Bookings

If you click on a time which is already booked, this creates a double booking. OSCAR will warn you that you are about to make a double booking. The background bars in the ‘Make an Appointment’ window will turn yellow and a message at the top of the window will say ‘Double Booking’.

Repeat Bookings

If you wish to book multiple appointments for the same reason Click the R button on the lower right corner of the Make an Appointment screen

  1. Choose the time interval between appointments (number of days, weeks, months, or years), and the end date (the last date you want the repeated appointment to occur on)
  2. Click add recurring appointment

Deleting an Appointment

  1. Click once on the patient’s name
  2. At the bottom of the EDIT APPOINTMENT screen click on DELETE APPOINTMENT

Changing the Appointment Status

  1. Click once on the icon to the furthest left of the patient’s name
  2. As you continue to click on the changing icon, you progress to the next appointment status in the loop

OR

  1. Click on the patients name to open the edit appointment screen
  2. Either select the Status from the Status selector
  3. OR Click on the Cancel or Delete or No Show buttons

Patient’s Master Demographic

  • If the patient has an appointment, click on the ‘M’ icon beside the patient’s name in the appointment screen
  • OR click on the SEARCH tab, type the patient’s name in the box and click SEARCH to get access to the Master Demographic Record

Searching for a Patient

The Search Tab is used to search the database for a specific patient’s Master Demographic record which has many office functions, including booking an appointment.

  1. From the Appointment screen, click on the ‘SEARCH’ tab
  2. The program will default to a ‘NAME’ search
  3. Type in part of the patient’s last name, then a comma and then the 1st initial of the patient’s first name
  4. Click the ‘SEARCH’ button or press the ‘ENTER’ key
  5. When the list of names come up, click on the ‘Demographic No’ button to bring up the Patient Master Demographic information
  6. Clicking on any of the headings will cause the list of results to sort on that heading

TIPS:

  • You can search by Date of Birth, Name, Health Card Number, Address, Phone Number or Chart Number.
  • For a general search, leave the search box blank and click the SEARCH button to get the full list of patients in the data base.
  • The fewer amount of characters that you type in for the search, the better chance you have of finding the patient without a typo error.
  • Apostrophe’s need to be escaped \’ as in O\’ Sullivan
  • Clicking on the day tab will automatically return to the current day.

Check Schedules

 

  1. From the Appointment screen, switch to the group you want by clicking on the arrow beside the Groups box in the upper right corner of the screen
  2. Select the desired group
  3. Click on the ‘MONTH’ tab
  4. This will show you which providers are in on each day of the month
  5. The program will default to the current month at the top with the previous month and the next month below the current month

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