Beyond Flexibility — Workflows in the perioperative Sector of the Healthcare Domain

Markus Bandt, Robert Kühn, Sebastian Schick, Holger Meyer


The OR environment of a hospital demands high standards of both qualitative
and economic management. Since the basic perioperative processes are rather
well defined, the use of WfMS to support the planning and coordination of surgical
treatment can be beneficial. The analysis of the perioperative work showed the
need of flexibility at certain points in the processes. Within the project PERIKLES
a corresponding YAWL model was implemented using several workflow flexibility
concepts. A major challenge in this context was the handling of unpredictable
exceptions (e.g. changing requirements during surgery). The use of exception handling is one reliable way to meet this requirements.

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