EHR Tasks Much More Visible Because Workflow Engine Tracks Task Status

(This is a full-text transcription of one slide from my November 5th 42-minute webinar on Ebola and EHR Workflow Engines, Editors, and Visibility. Please excuse occasional “typos” as I’ve not proofed every word. Consider watching the Youtube video or going to first slide in this transcribed series. My original post announcing the webinar includes motivating context and an outline. Thank you!)

Here’s an example of a radar view, in this case called an office view. Like I said, most of these are tweets. I’m having a conversation here with an internist in Montana and a pediatrician in Georgia. We’re talking about this office view, we see exam one, room one, two. Then, we see colors here. We have a green doctor and a blue doctor. Elizabeth Perkins, the green doctor, is their primary care physician. There’s the blue over here, Sophia Packard. What’s interesting about this screen is first of all, you have a little bit of information about them, but you see the number 8. That’s the number of minutes that the person has been waiting. Then, next to it, we have vital signs and then going down the column, we have the exam, vaccine, signature and we see the number of minutes.

If we were actually watching the system live, we would see that every minute, those would increase. Here’s the thing. There are a lot of systems out there in which humans update this data, so that everybody can see what’s going on. This data is live and it’s there, because the workflow engine has access to it. It’s there as a byproduct of the execution of the workflow engine. All of this tasks, status information can be compressed together in a real time report and everybody could see moment to moment what’s going on. They know that each other knows what’s going on. It’s just a tremendous mind know that can happen there.

By the way, I talked about task status, listen to this list; a task can be not only workflow, it can be in the workflow, but not available, because it gets blocked by another task. It could be available, but not yet started. It could be started, but not yet completed. Before it’s completed, it might be postponed, it might be canceled; someone might have to give a reason why. If the language is too long, it may escalate. Finally, it could be completed. All of this takes information is automatically available and you can choose the best information in realtime and also it’s incredibly valuable for workflow analytics afterwards to spot the bottlenecks and trying to rework and so forth.

  1. Transcribed Slides For My 42-Minute Webinar on Ebola, EHR Workflow Engines, Editors, and Visibility
  2. Outline: Ebola, EHR Workflow, Workflow Tech, Workflow Engines, Editors, and Visibility
  3. “Poke the workflow bear” Refers To Mentioning Me On Twitter!
  4. Dallas Hospital Blames Flaw In Workflow For Release of Ebola Patient, Then Retracts
  5. Ebola Workflow, Nurse Workflow, Physician Workflow, EHR Workflow: Part 1
  6. EHR Workflow Is A Series Of Steps, Consuming Resources, Achieving Goals
  7. EHR Workflow System, Like OR Nurse, Hands Right Screen to Right Person At Right Time
  8. EHR Workflow Engine Executes EHR Workflow Definition, Performing Work For EHR Users
  9. EHR Workflow Driven By Workflow Engines Consulting Workflow Definitions Created By Non-Programmer EHR Users
  10. Not There Yet, But Physicians Will Design EHR Workflows Dragging And Dropping Tasks
  11. Classic EHR Workflow Definition Editor Looks Like Traditional Visio Flowchart
  12. EHR Airport Control Towers, Automobile Engines, And Aviation Cockpits: Analogies & Metaphors
  13. EHR Workflow Tech Enables Smart Sequences And Simultaneous Actions
  14. EHR Tasks Much More Visible Because Workflow Engine Tracks Task Status
  15. Staff Prepare For Procedures Without Being Told, EHR Workflow System Coordinates
  16. EHR Screen At A Time, Only Relevant Data, Tweakable Workflow, Key Tests Not Forgotten
  17. Healthcare Needs Executable Process Model Between Clinicians And Data
  18. Hospitals Need Executable Process Model Betweet Human Workflow And Computer Data
  19. Rebranding Business Process Management For Healthcare
  20. Ebola Workflow, Nurse Workflow, Physician Workflow, EHR Workflow: Part 2
  21. “It’s really made my life much easier and the staff love it!” 2004 HIMSS Davies EHR Winner
  22. Thank You! Questions About EHR Workflow Engines, Editors, and Visibility? Slide 22 and Notes
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