Reserving clinical resources for healthcare processes

Juha Puustjärvi*, Leena Puustjärvi

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Several healthcare processes are comprised of clinical actions that span over various independently managed healthcare organizations. Reserving resources for such healthcare processes implies the interoperation of independently managed healthcare organizations, which information systems are often based on proprietary solutions, and developed in piecemeal way. Reserving clinical resources in such an environment is problematic due to the autonomy and heterogeneity of the healthcare organizations information systems. Moreover, many healthcare processes have timing constraints, which complicate the reservation process. In particular, neither optimal resource allocation methods nor traditional transaction models can be deployed in a loosely coupled environment consisting of autonomous systems. In this paper, we present a new transaction model, called 2-phase reservation transaction, which can be used to ensure that clinical resources are reserved in an atomic way, and which minimize the efforts required for undoing the effects of the canceled clinical reservations. We also present how 2-phase reservation transactions can be implemented in Service Oriented Architecture by exploiting WS-Coordination. In addition, we present how Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) can be used in specifying the transactional requirements of the clinical resource reservation processes.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication4th International Conference on Digital Society, ICDS 2010, Includes CYBERLAWS 2010: The 1st International Conference on Technical and Legal Aspects of the e-Society
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Digital Society - St. Maarten, Netherlands
    Duration: 10 Feb 201016 Feb 2010
    Conference number: 4


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Digital Society
    Abbreviated titleICDS
    CitySt. Maarten


    • Business process modeling
    • Coordination frameworks
    • Healthcare processes
    • Transactions

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