EHR adoption is a relative success story.  I say relative because more clinicians use EHR systems than ever before, but not everyone is happy to be doing so.    The effects of EHR adoption on patients have often been discussed, but mostly from the viewpoint of improved outcomes.   The safety ofContinue Reading

Many processes within health care are very similar to those in other domains.   The ambulatory visit workflow discussed in the last post has examples of generic processes.  Check-in, for example, occurs in any business where customers present for service.  Likewise, checking a patient’s insurance status is not that different fromContinue Reading

The YAWL platform is a very sophisticated collection of tools that supports not only graphical modeling, but also enterprise-level workflow management capability.  It offers a workflow engine, web services, and other features required for business process management.     The graphical modeling environment is the focus of this series of posts. TheContinue Reading

My enthusiasm for workflow patterns stems, to a significant extent, from the fact that they provide an extraordinary library of process information.   By providing a pattern library, van der Aalst et al. have made available a set of modeling hints that are detailed and very helpful to workflow analysts.   HavingContinue Reading

Over the last two years, I have written three series of posts that address workflow-related topics. The first, Preventing Your EHR from Working Against You, was a view of workflow issues from the standpoint of product selection and test script creation. Petri Nets and Clinical Information Systems, the second, focusedContinue Reading