Mining context-aware resource profiles in the presence of multitasking

Artif Intell Med. 2022 Dec;134:102434. doi: 10.1016/j.artmed.2022.102434. Epub 2022 Oct 28.

Abstract

Healthcare organisations are becoming increasingly aware of the need to improve their care processes and to manage their scarce resources efficiently to secure high-quality care standards. As these processes are knowledge-intensive and heavily depend on human resources, a comprehensive understanding of the complex relationship between processes and resources is indispensable for efficient resource management. Organisational mining, a subfield of Process Mining, reveals insights into how (human) resources organise their work based on analysing process execution data recorded in Health Information Systems (HIS). This can be used to, e.g., discover resource profiles which are groups of resources performing similar activity instances, providing an extensive overview of resource behaviour within healthcare organisations. Healthcare managers can employ these insights to allocate their resources efficiently, e.g., by improving the scheduling and staffing of nurses. Existing resource profiling algorithms are limited in their ability to apprehend the complex relationship between processes and resources because they do not take into account the context in which activities were executed, particularly in the context of multitasking. Therefore, this paper introduces ResProMin-MT to discover context-aware resource profiles in the presence of multitasking. In contrast to the state-of-the-art, ResProMin-MT is capable of taking into account more complex contextual activity dimensions, such as activity durations and the degree of multitasking by resources. We demonstrate the feasibility of our method within a real-life healthcare context, validated by medical domain experts.

Keywords: Context-aware process mining; Healthcare processes; Multitasking; Organisational mining; Process mining; Resource profiles.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Health Information Systems*
  • Humans
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Workforce