This is the least used scheduling option, but it is a tool that providers who have open schedules or who provide clinical services secondary to another position may use. For those who are able to review and approve appointments throughout the day or who want to offer urgent care appointments with some flexibility, the open schedule option is available.
It’s highly recommended to use an appointment approval process to ensure that the provider is notified prior to the official scheduling of any visits. Open scheduling is a great tool for large groups who use a queuing system and can transfer patients to the appropriate provider. It’s more complicated and requires more management for patients who are trying to schedule for a specific provider, but it is still an available solution in the right situation.