Defining and reconstructing clinical processes based on IHE and BPMN 2.0

Melanie Strasser, Franz Pfeifer, Emmanuel Helm, Andreas Hannes Schuler, Josef Altmann

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Abstract

This paper describes the current status and the results of our process management system for defining and reconstructing clinical care processes, which contributes to compare, analyze and evaluate clinical processes and further to identify high cost tasks or stays. The system is founded on IHE, which guarantees standardized interfaces and interoperability between clinical information systems. At the heart of the system there is BPMN, a modeling notation and specification language, which allows the definition and execution of clinical processes. The system provides functionality to define healthcare information system independent clinical core processes and to execute the processes in a workflow engine. Furthermore, the reconstruction of clinical processes is done by evaluating an IHE audit log database, which records patient movements within a health care facility. The main goal of the system is to assist hospital operators and clinical process managers to detect discrepancies between defined and actual clinical processes and as well to identify main causes of high medical costs. Beyond that, the system can potentially contribute to reconstruct and improve clinical processes and enhance cost control and patient care quality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUser Centred Networked Health Care - Proceedings of MIE 2011
PublisherIOS Press
Pages482-486
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781607508052
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event23rd International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, MIE 2011 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 28 Aug 201131 Aug 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume169
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, MIE 2011
CountryNorway
CityOslo
Period28.08.201131.08.2011

Keywords

  • BPMN 2.0
  • Clinical core processes
  • Clinical pathways
  • Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
  • Workflows

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