Clinical Pathway Analytics

Clinical Pathway Analytics

Filip Caron (Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium), Jan Vanthienen (Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium) and Bart Baesens (Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jitr.2014010102
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Abstract

Recently, medical informatics researchers have focused on supporting standardized activity coordination patterns that structure complex multi-disciplinary interventions. While the designed clinical pathways are aimed to improve the provided healthcare, this paper demonstrates that the care process of individual patients can significantly deviate from the standardized path. Examining the deviations in the individual care processes might result in the further enhancement of the provided quality of care, the evaluation of adverse events or the identification of suboptimal use of resources. This paper presents an optimal combination of process analytics for extracting valuable medical and organizational information from real-world care processes. The authors elaborate an extensive case study based on these process analytics on a series of oncological care processes.
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In this section we provide a brief overview of the literature in clinical pathways and the relevant business process management and mining articles. Business processes in general can be defined as distinctive sets of activities for obtaining certain goals within a specific environment. The environment (including the particular organizational structure) may dictate certain constraints for the business process, e.g. on the activity sequence or on the activity allocation. Business processes with a diagnosis-treatment objective can be considered as clinical pathways. Whereas the description of a workflow is generally considered as the predominant aspect, other perspectives do exist, namely the organizational and data perspective (Curtis, Kellner, & Over, 1992).

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