This article explains how to set up and use the Coviu Appointment Bookings App. This feature is great for allowing your clients to book specific services and providers offered by your practice via a portal.
Last Updated: July 2022
Note: this feature can only be configured by a Coviu account Administrator.
On this page:
- How to set up Appointment Bookings
- More support options
How to set up Appointment Bookings
Coviu offers an online appointment booking portal for accounts on the Standard and Premium plans. It allows your clients to book video telehealth consultations for specific services or clinicians in your practice.
Follow these instructions to set it up:
- Log into your Coviu account as you normally would.
- Download the Appointment Bookings and Customer Connect Apps from our App Marketplace.
- Go back to your Coviu account and click Configure on the left side menu of the Dashboard.
- Click the Appointment Bookings tab.
- Enable Bookings and select Coviu Appointments.
- Please follow the next 6 easy steps to set up the online bookings feature.
Step 1: Account Settings
There's only one setting you have to pick: it's to select the minimum duration of the sessions that you want to offer clients to book online (e.g. 15 minutes). This creates time slots for your days that clients can choose.
Step 2: Appointment Types
Add all the types of appointments that you want to offer to patients by clicking the
+ Add appointment type button (e.g. Standard Consultation, Mental Health Appointment, Travel Vaccines, etc.)
Now, you can provide details for the appointment, including a name, description, duration and cost.
You can add as many appointment types as you wish. Simply repeat the above step to add more appointment types.
Step 3: Practitioners
Add all the practitioners from your clinic for whom you want to offer online bookings. Practitioners must be existing users of your account. Click the + Add practitioner button.
Now select your practitioner and click Save.
This will automatically ask you to confirm if this user is a practitioner and a calendar needs to be set up for them. Click Save.
The next part is very important as it requires you to provide more details about the practitioner and lists the services they provide. Then, fill in the following details:
Once you have these details filled in, enable Allow online bookings for the practitioner. Then, fill in the times during which the practitioner is available for video sessions.
Finally, you will need to select from the Services provided section to indicate which of the appointment types that you defined earlier this practitioner is offering.
You can select all or some of the appointment types. Use Command + mouse click on a Mac or Ctrl + left mouse click on a PC to select multiple options. Then, click Save.
Repeat the above steps to add more practitioners.
Well done! You have now set up the types of service you want to provide, the duration, the cost and the practitioner providing the service.
Now, let's set up the details that a client has to provide when making a booking. This is the patient intake form.
Step 4: Booking options
First, there are a couple of setup steps:
- The lead time says how much notification time a practitioner gets for a booking (i.e. 15 minutes lead time means that a client can't book a consultation 15 minutes before the consultation starts).
- The service labelling gives you a chance to give the appointment type a different name (e.g. it could be a 'Service', 'Consultation' or 'Treatment').
- Then, you can set up a notice for when there are no available appointments prompt for a day or time that a patient may select. For example, you can provide a phone number they can call.
- Finally, you can add or remove custom fields for the patient intake form that you want them to provide (e.g. what company they work for, where that company is located, etc.)
The patient intake form might end up looking something like this:
Step 5: Confirmation Email
In this section, you can customise the email received by your clients after they book the service.
Here's an example (draft) email that you can use as a guide in filling the text fields in the above form (note where the different additional text pieces can be added):
Step 6: Sharing
You have finished all the setup! Congratulations!
Now, all you need to do is put a booking button on your website. It might be worth engaging your Web Designer to create a Telehealth page advising your clients of your new telehealth offering, what they can expect from this, how it will differ from an in-person consult, where to go for support, etc. The button can be added there as well as on your homepage.
You can do this either through the Sharing option here or through Customer Connect. Customer Connect includes the link to online bookings.
This is where you format the booking button for your website. You can edit the text on the button, button colour and text colour.
Then, to embed the button on your website, simply copy and paste the code from the How to use the button section. Again, this might be a task you give to your Web Designer.
Do not forget to press Save!
Tip: you can test the booking functionality at: https://[your_account_subdomain].coviu.com/app/book/appointment.
More support options
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