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

Cat. Dog. Tree. Workflow Engine. Definition. Editor.

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My wife, right about now, says, “Chuck, cat, dog, tree.” It’s all very Zen. I realized after a while what she meant was, “What is the simplest set of simple ideas that can only fit together in one way that achieves my goal or communicates my point.

I kind of like the way the question marks are over this dog because he’s wondering how things are going to turn out. Well, I think most of us stereotypically would know that this is the way it’s going to turn out. The cat’s up the tree, the dog’s at the base of the tree. I kind of like the way the question marks are over this dog because he’s wondering how things are going to turn out.

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Well, I think most of us stereotypically would know that this is the way it’s going to turn out. The cat’s up the tree, the dog’s at the base of the tree. Well, I’m going to turn cat-dog-tree into a verb and I’m going to cat-dog-tree workflow.

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“Engine!” That’s what’s the thing that does the work. In the real world, this is a corvette engine. It does a lot of physical work. In the software world, workflow engines do work for users. They do digital work. Well, how do they know what to do? How do they know which task to hand to which person or which data to download from which database automatically without requiring anybody to click on anything?

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Well, a workflow engine follows a definition, a workflow definition. Down at the bottom here, we have the definition of definition, speaking of meta. This is from the 1755 dictionary of the English language. It was the first one of a comprehensive nature by Samuel Johnson. He described definition as “a short description of a thing by its properties.” Well, you can describe workflow as a list of steps and a list of resources that are consumed and a goal that is achieved.

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Well, where does that workflow definition come from? It traditionally comes from a human, someone who understands the work’s domain. Here we have the harried editor, the person understands the domain. They create this process model, a model of the workflow and then that is fed to the machine, to the engine to execute. While it is being executed, things are being tweaked. You’re observing. You’re adjusting the carburetor. If it runs out of gas, you put gas in so there’s kind of a real-time management of the workflow system as well.

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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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