POW! HIT! People & Organizations improving Workflow w/Health Info Tech
POW! HIT! People & Organizations improving Workflow w/Health Info Tech

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The is a "sidekick" blog to my main blog EHR Workflow Management Systems at ChuckWebster.com. There I publish long, complicated, thoughtful blogs thousands of words in length. Here? Not so much. It's mostly for snippets of content too big for a tweet but too small to grace the main deck of the mothership.

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Chuck Webster MD MSIE MSIS

With degrees in Accountancy, Industrial Engineering, Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, and Medicine, Dr. Webster can see around corners. He designed the first undergraduate program in Medical Informatics, was CMIO for an EHR vendor, and wrote the first three winning applications for the HIMSS Davies Award for EHR Ambulatory Excellence. Chuck opines about healthcare workflow and related and unrelated topics from @wareFLO (#HIMSS13 Top Tweeter) and DMV: the District, Maryland, and Virginia.

Hajo Reijers of Perceptive SW on Healthcare BPM 7: What is Are Some Kinds Process Tech?

7. I understand that you recently came in second place in a contest to chose the “BPM Personality of the Year” in the Netherlands. You mention this during the open session of the recent BPM Round Table in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Have you gotten over this loss?

Ouch, thanks for reminding me. No, I will not get over that.

I grabbed the following shot of a slide shown during your introduction. conference

That’s an interesting list of topics:

  • Healthcare
  • Process Improvement
  • Data and Process
  • Visual Analytics
  • Harmonization
  • Public Sector
  • Process Architecture
  • Process Modeling
  • Process Mining
  • Model Management

I arranged them in order from familiar to unfamiliar to a health IT professional. Even “Harmonization” should resonate, since there’s been efforts to harmonize among different healthcare data standards. But one gets toward the bottom of the list it’s less familiar. Those last four terms, process architecture, modeling, mining and management. What are they and why should they interest a health IT professional?

Process architecture is about how processes relate to each other and becomes increasingly important once you start working in a process oriented manner. After all, processes interact in different ways, most notably because people may work in different processes. This topic is about how to capture and manage the relations between processes.

Modeling is mostly about graphical ways to describe processes. Pictures are really liked by people and simplify communication between them about processes. I think it's the most widely researched topic by BPM academics, too.

Process mining deals with techniques to infer from historic records how operational processes actually work. A guy you previously interviewed, Wil van der Aalst, is the godfather of this area.

Finally, model management is about how to deal with large collections of process models. In Europe and Australia, we see that large companies now have repositories of thousands of process models. These are real treasure toves for these companies. Just think how you can use such a collection to identify redundant work and find opportunities to standardize work.

Question 8 (May I Give You a Tour of the Smithsonian?) and Hajo Reijers' answer will be published very soon.

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Feel free to catch up on earlier portions of this interview with Hajo Reijers of Perceptive Software:










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