Healthcare Business Process Management, Adaptive Case Management & Process-Aware EHR & Health IT Systems

Health IT

Workflow Complexity: Complicated data and simple workflow is complicated. Simple data and complicated workflow is complicated. Healthcare's complicated data and complicated workflow is hypercomplicated.

No Cost Competition: In other industries, companies are forced to adopt technology to optimize workflow to minimize cost while maximizing flexibility.

Regulatory Environment: EHR and HIT vendors are stretched thin addressing Meaningful Use requirements.

Screens vs. Workflow: It’s easier to appreciate EHR screens (layout of data and controls over space) than workflow functionality (sequences of events over time).

Threat to Revenue Streams: Switching to new platforms is risky and threatens current revenue streams.

Billing Over Clinical Emphasis: As long as the right codes are generated to maximize revenue, nothing else matters.

Skeuomorphism: Misguided attempts to model EHR user interfaces on paper medical record forms.

Workflow Stereotypes: Workflow management systems and business process management once emphasized automating human users out of processes. Not true now!

Not Invented Here-ism: Most academic and commercial BPM activity occurs outside the US.

Paradigm Shifts: You stick with a paradigm unless you’re forced to change. Health IT picked a document-based, instead of workflow-based, paradigm.

*Top Ten Reasons EHR-BPM Tech Is Not (Yet) Widely Deployed in Healthcare

Blog Posts

New Book: IT-based Process Management in Health: Methods and Tools for Students and Practitioners

Translated from the back cover of the German edition:

Increasing cost pressure and the pressure to improve the efficiency of health care workers have become reality. Many facilities have to streamline their workflow, while improving the quality of their services. The book explains basic principles and selected methods of process management, which can be used in healthcare facilities (hospitals, health insurance companies and health insurance). The technical focus is on the cross-departmental documentation, analysis and optimization of processes in the health sector with the aim to increase transparency and to increase the effectiveness and efficiency. Using case studies, the use of modern information and communication technology is presented as a tool for process improvement. Numerous review questions and exercises make the work a learning and work book, not only for students but also for experienced practitioners in health care.

  • Basics
  • Business Process Management in Health Care
  • Documentary, modeling and analysis of business processes in healthcare
  • software use in the healthcare
  • Special Topics
    • IT Governance
    • IT Strategy
    • Simulation
    • Big Data
    • Cloud Computing

Target Group:

Students in bachelor's and master's degree programs in the health sector and business Administration with specialization in health industry practitioners in health care (doctors, nurses, administrative staff, management).

Author Prof. Dr. Andreas Gadatsch is a professor of business administration, computer science industry in particular, at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin. He has extensive experience as a consultant, project manager and IT manager.


It sure would be nice if some German-speaking reader were to buy this, what appears to be excellent, topical book about BPM in healthcare, and give use a review in English! Even better, I hope we see an English translation of IT-gestütztes Prozessmanagement im Gesundheitswesen: Methoden und Werkzeuge für Studierende und Praktiker some time in the near future!

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BPM Solutions

Process Orchestration Engine (AKA workflow engine) to drive the progression of work in structured and unstructured processes or cases

Model-Driven Composition environment for designing processes and their supporting activities and process artifacts

Content Interaction Management supporting e progression of work, especially cases, based on changes in the content itself (documents, images and audio)

Human Interaction Management enables people to naturally interact with processes they're involved in

Connected Processes and Resources they control, such as people, systems, data, event streams, goals and key performance indicators (KPIs)

Continuous Analytics monitor activity progress, and analyze activities and changes in and around processes

On-Demand Analytics to provide decision support using predictive analytics and optimization

Business Rule Management systems guide and implement process agility and ensure compliance

Management and Administration monitor and adjust technical aspects of BPM platform

Process Component Registry/Repository for process component leverage and reuse

Cloud-Based Deployment of about features and functions across desktop platforms and mobile devices

Social Media Compatible external and/or similar internal activity streams integrated with workflows

*Adapted from Gartner

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