Business process modeling in healthcare

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2012;179:75-87.


The importance of the process point of view is not restricted to a specific enterprise sector. In the field of health, as a result of the nature of the service offered, health institutions' processes are also the basis for decision making which is focused on achieving their objective of providing quality medical assistance. In this chapter the application of business process modelling - using the Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) standard is described. Main challenges of business process modelling in healthcare are the definition of healthcare processes, the multi-disciplinary nature of healthcare, the flexibility and variability of the activities involved in health care processes, the need of interoperability between multiple information systems, and the continuous updating of scientific knowledge in healthcare.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making, Computer-Assisted
  • Decision Support Systems, Management*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Systems Integration