CPMOD: Clinical Pathway Modeling & Execution

Supply processes are characterized by a large number of participating institutions and decision makers which significantly influence the organization and control of the overall treatment. The importance and necessity of the use of clinical pathways as instruments of treatment control and documentation to control this complexity are being increasingly acknowledged, however the implementation is often not as expected.

With the help of the CPmod project, the potential of the utilization of conceptual modelling for clinical treatment pathways is demonstrated. In addition to the conception and language specification of a modelling language for the technical description of clinical pathways, both the business users and the IT-based path implementation will be addressed in the project. Likewise, the principles of the agile workflow control will be implemented and the management and interpretation of path deviations will be analysed.



Model-based Health Care Management

In recent years, at an organizational level, clinical paths have been established as a promising tool to ensure an adequate description of the processes in the hospital and to master the balancing act between the best possible treatment and economic efficiency. Now it is the task of hospital information systems (HIS), to reflect the rules set in the clinical pathways and to support and standardize both the decision-making of the doctor and the treatment-planning of the hospital.
Care processes are characterized by a variety of participating institutions and decision-makers, which significantly influence the organisation and management of the overall treatment. To master this complexity, the clinical pathways are increasingly used as instruments for treatment control and documentation. While their importance and necessity is now recognized for both economical and quality aspects at a management level, their implementation often remains below expectations.

The main reason for this is mainly the comprehensive inadequate holistic process orientation of the HIS and the lack of support from path-based process control. The IT integration fails generally on a clear separation from a process concept on an organizational and process execution on the IT level. To overcome this problem, model-based approaches provide a promising potential solution.


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