How to use the review block

Updated on:
May 19, 2023

The review block can help to ensure that output documents are accurate, complete, and meet the specific needs of each situation. There are several reasons why having a review block, or human in the loop stage, in a Portant workflow can be beneficial:

  1. Quality control: Someone can review the automated documents to ensure that they are accurate, complete, and error-free.
  2. Regulatory compliance: There may be regulatory requirements that require a human to review and approve certain documents before they can be finalised. This is especially true in industries such as healthcare and finance, where compliance is critical.
  3. Style and formatting: The automated process may generate a document that meets all of the required content requirements, but the style and formatting may not be appropriate. A human can review the document and make adjustments to the font, layout, and other elements to ensure that the document is visually appealing and easy to read.
  4. Final approval: In some cases, a human may need to review and approve the final version of the document before it can be distributed or used. This may be necessary in industries such as healthcare or finance, where compliance and accuracy are critical.

While an automated workflow can help to streamline the document creation process, a human is sometimes necessary to do the final 10% of work.

In this guide we will cover:

  1. An overview of the Review Block
  2. How to add a Review Block
  3. When you can add a Review Block
  4. How to review documents using the Review Block

An overview of the Review Block

The review block is intended to be used in workflows that need a human's oversight to review or edit a document before the finals steps of the workflow are completed. This could be to make sure all the information is correct or to add the finishing content or formatting to a document before it is sent.

How to add a Review Block

You can add a review block by clicking the plus button after a Docuement template block here:

Then select the Review block from the modal:

Note: This is a feature only available to Pro users

The set-up is now complete. Any time your workflow runs, outputs will be held at this stage until someone logs in and approves the documents to move to the next stage of the workflow.

When you can add a Review Block

You can only add a Review Block after a document block. So if you click the plus icon and you can't see the Review block, please try adding a document block and clicking the plus button after it.

How to review documents using the Review Block

When a workflow has a review block, each time the workflows runs the documents will be held at Review block stage. You will be able to see this in the workflow view here:

And also in the output page by the review button next to the output:

When you click either of these buttons you will be take to the review section. This is where you can review, edit and approve all the documents currently held, which looks like this:

There are two steps to approving a document, first you need to approve the document (shown in the blue button above). Then when you'd like to process the document(s) you press the 'Process Approved Items' button. This means you can approve multiple documents at the same time.

When you 'Process Approved Items' the documents will move to the next stage of the workflow and complete the next steps.

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