First Steps Towards Process Mining in Distributed Health Information Systems

Emmanuel Helm, Ferdinand Franz Paster

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Business Intelligence approaches such as process mining can be applied to the healthcare domain in order to gain insight into the complex processes taking place. Disclosing as-is processes helps identify room for improvement and answers questions from medical professionals. Existing approaches are based on proprietary log data as input for mining algorithms. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) defines in its Audit Trail and Node Authentication (ATNA) profile how real-world events must be recorded. Since IHE is used by many healthcare providers throughout the world, an extensive amount of log data is produced. In our research we investigate if audit trails, generated from an IHE test system, carry enough content to successfully apply process mining techniques. Furthermore we assess the quality of the recorded events in accordance with the maturity level scoring system. A simplified simulation of the organizational workflow in a radiological practice is presented. Based on this simulation a process miing task is conducted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-142
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Electronics and Telecommunications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Process Mining
  • IHE
  • ATNA
  • digital imaging and communications in medicine
  • audit trail and node authentication
  • RFC-3881
  • integrating the healthcare enterprise
  • process mining
  • extensible event stream


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