Launching workspaces

Launching workspaces

To launch a workspace for a patient, use the launchPatientWorkspace function. If the workspace accepts props, they can be passed as additionalProps in the second argument. The workspaceTitle property is always accepted, and is used to override the workspace's title (which is defined in its registration).

import { launchPatientWorkspace } from "@openmrs/esm-patient-common-lib";
const MyComponent() {
  const openOrderBasket = () => {
        workspaceTitle: "Order basket, courtesy of MyComponent"
  return (
    <button onClick={openOrderBasket}>
      Open order basket

To launch a patient workspace that requires a visit, use useLaunchWorkspaceRequiringVisit.

If visits are enabled on the OpenMRS server and the patient doesn't have an active visit, the user will be prompted to start a new visit before launching a workspace.

import React from "react";
import { useLaunchWorkspaceRequiringVisit } from "@openmrs/esm-patient-common-lib";
const OrderBasketActionButton: React.FC = () => {
  const { t } = useTranslation();
  const launchOrderBasket = useLaunchWorkspaceRequiringVisit("order-basket");
  return <Button onClick={launchOrderBasket}>Launch order basket</Button>;
export default OrderBasketActionButton;


launchPatientWorkspace follows these rules when opening a workspace:

  1. If there are no previously opened workspaces, then launching a new workspace should open the new workspace.
  2. If the workspace with the same name is already open and is focused, then the additionalProps of that workspace are updated (if they have changed).
  3. For the currently focused workspace, if it cannot hide (that is, if it was registered with canHide: false), launching a new workspace will prompt the user for confirmation before closing the opened workspace.
  4. If the new workspace launched has the same type as a workspace already opened, the previous workspace of that type will be brought to the front. A modal is then shown asking for confirmation to close the current workspace before opening the new one.

As a more complex example, let's look at a situation involving both rules 3 and 4. If a user opens workspace A with type 'clinical-form' and then opens another workspace B with type 'form' which cannot be collapsed (canHide == false), and subsequently tries to open workspace C with type 'clinical-form' (matching workspace A), then the user will first see a modal to confirm closing workspace B (which cannot be collapsed). Following this, a second modal will appear for workspace A, which has the same type 'clinical-form', since no two workspaces of the same type can be opened at the same time.