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Resource schedules can be easily maintained in WebChart systems. Adding, editing, and deleting schedules is a simple process, which also allows for copying or templating for fast and efficient onboarding. Additionally, scheduling resources can be limited, or restricted, if necessary, to assist with efficiency and security purposes. For information on general uses and available views within the Scheduler module, review the Scheduler documentation. Following is a breakdown of the available configurations for scheduling functionality.
Review the following information for adding schedules to the system. For information on how to edit or delete existing schedules, see the following section, Editing/Deleting Schedules.
To add a schedule:
- Navigate to the Scheduler side menu.
- Click the Schedules tab.
- Click the Add link.
- The Scheduler Editor screen opens. Fill out all of the appropriate fields:
Required field. To establish a start and end time for a schedule, use one of two methods, depending on the duration of the schedule block. To establish a schedule with a start/end time, with an indefinite end date, use today’s date and the resource’s start time for the work day, as well as today’s date with the resource’s end time for the work day. Otherwise, use the specific date/time (range) the schedule is being created/blocked for.
Based on the entered start and end time, the duration will calculate automatically and populate in this field. Otherwise, the start time can be entered, and using the dropdown, choosing the duration will auto-fill the end time. Choosing a duration will set the end time with today’s date.
Required field. This is the individual available from the time slots of the schedule. Begin typing the name of the resource and select from the autocomplete. The down arrow (↓) button on the keyboard also displays the available options to be chosen from. To set a schedule to multiple resources, multiple schedules will need to be created by either creating each one, individually, using the Save info to use again link at the top of the screen, or the Copy Schedule feature, toward the bottom.
Entering a location in this field will display the specified location on the schedule. To set the schedule to all locations, simply leave this field blank. An entry in this field will narrow resource searching when the location is specified. This field does not show outside locations. To specify, begin typing the location name and select from the autocomplete. Otherwise hit the down arrow (↓) button on the keyboard to see available selections. To set a schedule to multiple locations, multiple schedules will need to be created by either creating each one, individually, using the Save info to use again link, at the top of the screen, or the Copy Schedule feature, toward the bottom.
Display Appointments Inside Schedule If this is selected, all appointments will be made into comments. When displaying a schedule, this setting will cause basic appointment info to display inside the schedule. When a schedule is exported, the appointment info is sent as a comment on the schedule.
Simultaneous appointment bookings allowed This field refers to the number of appointment bookings allowed for the schedule. Type in the maximum number of appointments allowed for the resource(s), per time slot. This field defaults to blank, which indicates an unlimited number of appointments, per time slot. This is a setting to allow or regulate overbooking,which also overrides the permission needed when overbooking. For example, if the physician allows three appointments of a specified appointment type per time slot, then this field would be set to 3.
Total Appointments Allowed This is the total number of appointments allowed in the schedule. Type in the maximum number of appointments allowed/restricted to a full day’s schedule. For example, if this field is set to 10, there can only be 10 appointments, total, added throughout the day. Setting this field to 0 (zero) indicates that unlimited appointments are allowed for a full day’s schedule. This is defaulted to blank, which also indicates an unlimited number of allowed appointments, so a value must be specified.
Schedule Color Select a color for the schedule. The color applies to only the schedule, as a whole.
Display Add Appointment** Links** Use the dropdown to specify what increments of appointment links will display, which allow adding appointments via a quick link. This will place a link inside the scheduler to add/schedule an appointment inside the scheduler, instead of the yellow time links, only. This provides a quick way for adding appointments from the scheduler that uses that specific schedule. The selection of No from the dropdown will not display links for this schedule. Selecting Yes will display the links at the user’s default increment, which is set as Duration in the My Settings preferences.
Time Slots Available on Portal This dropdown allows the free time to be available for scheduling from the portal, if in use.
Priority This field is used to set a priority level of the schedule being entered. The value can be any number 0 through 10. Priority is meant to give a priority, where the higher value (e.g., 10) will override a lower value (e.g., 0). For example, if there is a need to create an overriding event (e.g., holiday, symposium, etc.), expected to occur (or recur) throughout the year, that event can be set to a priority of 10 and override any previous schedules, which may be daily or previously set for the same date.
Appointment Types This section is used to select and add appointment types allowed for the schedule. This can include as many appointment types as needed. If there is no need to specify allowed appointment types, this can be left blank to allow all appointment types to be scheduled on the schedule. If certain appointment types are to be allowed, select the specific type(s) by using the autocomplete and clicking the Add button. The name description or appointment type code can be used to find the desired appointment type, otherwise, press the down arrow (↓) button on the keyboard to view the first 20 choices, alphabetically. Once the appointment type populates in the Appt Type field, click the Add button to link to the schedule. Proceed adding additional appointment types, as needed.
This section allows recurrences to be set for a given schedule. Click the Recurrence button to set any recurrences to a given schedule. When the button is clicked, the window will expand to show the additional fields to be set. Use the Occur every dropdown to choose and set an occurrence interval. This field will default to Every. Duration is the following dropdown that defaults as a blank entry. Use this dropdown to set the type of time during which the occurrence is expected to continue (e.g., Day(s), Week(s), Month(s), Year(s), etc.). If Week(s) is selected as the type of time, then the days of the week will display, below. Select the days the resource is intended to work this schedule If the schedule is not intended to go on indefinitely, the Until date must be set. The recurrence will continue until the specified date is reached, otherwise the schedule will continue to be available, as specified, indefinitely, if left blank, or filled with zeros. If you are editing a schedule and want to remove the recurrence entirely, click the Cancel Recurrence button and save the schedule with the edits.
Copy Schedule To (button)
This button allows schedules to be copied to multiple locations and/or resources. When you click on the Copy Schedule To button, the fields will expand. You can click the underlined links to perform the specified action (i.e., Add All Locations w/ Selected Resource and/or Add All Resources w/ Selected Location). The Clear All link can be used to start over, if necessary. Additionally, individual locations and/or resources can be set at the bottom, entering each individually and clicking the Add button. The Copy Schedule function shows and tracks how many schedules are being copied to. Click Cancel copying to # schedules if the copy is no longer needed or needs to be cancelled. Comment Use the field to add a comment to the schedule for other users to see when viewing schedules from the schedule editor.
- When the schedule is complete and all fields are configured, as needed, click the Save button to create the schedule, or click Cancel to dismiss changes and go back to the view.
To edit or delete a schedule:
- Locate the resource’s schedule in the Schedules list view by either scrolling through the list, or use the autocomplete fields (at the top of the screen) to filter schedules by resource(s), location(s), or specific appointment type(s).
- Once the particular schedule has been located, click the Edit or Delete link in the Options column.
- After clicking Edit, a message will display at the top of the page, indicating how many appointments already exist for that schedule. If no appointments are found, the alert message does not display. Only appointments expected to occur within the upcoming four (4) weeks of the schedule’s configured time frame are tracked.
Moving appointments can be done by clicking the available link found when editing an already established schedule; however, if a block of appointments, or several confirmed appointments, need to be moved without editing the schedule, the Appointments Report will also provide the same functionality, seen below:
- When the Found Appointments display, place a check mark in the Select column to select any/all appointments that need moved.
- Click the Email Selected button, if an email needs to go to each patient having their appointment moved. This feature also allows additional emails to be generated, if individuals need added or carbon copied.
- If emailing, click the Send Emails button.
- Place a check mark in the Select column to select any/all appointments that need moved.
- Click the Move Selected button.
- The page will load with the options to select a resource/location, if different, and to cancel or place on a waiting list, if necessary.
The Resource Restrictions configuration tool can be found in the Control Panel. This tool allows system administrators to add restrictions on scheduling resources. A restriction prohibits specific users from viewing or scheduling on a specific resource’s schedule. Resource Restrictions can be used to prohibit staff or clinicians from accessing sensitive schedules, ensure partitioned population separation, or simply shorten a large list of resources in systems with multiple locations and users. Another use for the Resource Restriction functionality is when multiple resources have same/similar names and practice in different clinics or countries. This feature can help staff to schedule the correct resource, consistently. A resource can be limited to individual users or entire departments. The restriction applies only to the specified resource, and resources not listed in the Resource Restriction tab are not restricted from any users.
To add restrictions to any schedule:
- Navigate to Resource Restrictions under the Control Panel.
- When the page loads, there will be a search bar, for a Scheduling Department Resource Search. This will search all users within departments that are listed as Scheduling Resources within the system settings.
- This field is an autocomplete. Begin typing the last name of the resource, and select the appropriate user profile by clicking the Search button.
With the resource selected, click the Search button. This will refresh the page.
The page has four (4) sections:
Allowed Users – An autocomplete field to be used to key in individual users to have access to view and/or schedule on the specified resource schedule. Click the Add button to save selections.
Allowed Departments – An autocomplete field to be used to key in entire departments to have access to view and/or schedule on the specified resource schedule. Any user that is a member of that department will have access to that resource. Click the Add button to save selections.
Reason for Change – This is a required field, used to document the reason for the restriction or restriction change. This information will be saved in the Revision History for future reference.
Revision History – A view of all revision histories.
After all allowed users/departments have been added, provide the Reason For Change and click the Submit Changes button to create the restrictions.
Once the restriction is submitted, the screen will refresh and the list of allowed users will display the user by whom they were added, as well as the date and time of the addition. The same information will be displayed in the Revision History section.
To edit existing restrictions, removing or adding allowed users/departments:
- Navigate to Resource Restrictions under the Control Panel.
- Perform the Scheduling Department Resource Search and select the appropriate resource by clicking the Search button.
- The existing allowed users and/or departments for the specific restricted resource will be listed.
- Utilize the minus button to remove users and/or departments no longer needing access. Add new users and/or departments with the Add button. Provide the Reason For Change and click the Submit Changes button.
See additional information online help documentation on Resource Restrictions .