Towards an Intelligent Hospital Environment: Adaptive Workflow in the OR of the Future

J. Sutherland, W. van den Heuvel
2006 Proceedings of the 39th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'06)  
Patients, providers, payers, and government demand more effective and efficient healthcare services, and the healthcare industry needs innovative ways to re-invent core processes. Business process reengineering (BPR) [14] showed adopting new hospital information systems can leverage this transformation and workflow management technologies can automate process management. Our research indicates workflow technologies in healthcare require real time patient monitoring, detection of adverse events,
more » ... of adverse events, and adaptive responses to breakdown in normal processes [12]. Adaptive workflow systems are rarely implemented making current workflow implementations inappropriate for healthcare. The advent of evidence based medicine, guideline based practice, and better understanding of cognitive workflow combined with novel technologies including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), mobile/wireless technologies, internet workflow, intelligent agents, and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) opens up new and exciting ways of automating business processes. Total situational awareness of events, timing, and location of healthcare activities can generate self-organizing change in behaviors of humans and machines.
doi:10.1109/hicss.2006.494 dblp:conf/hicss/SutherlandH06a fatcat:o2ss6r4arfhpzfcbhz6g64ceeq