2004 EHR WfMS Tutorial Slide 10: Definition of Workflow Management System: Workflow Management Coalition

From 2004 to 2006 I gave an annual three-hour tutorial about EHR Workflow Management Systems (WfMSs). While some terminology is dated (for example, WfMSs are now called Business Process Management Systems), the concepts are even more relevant today. P.S. I’ve been a HIMSS Social Media Ambassador for six years in a row. Join me on Twitter at @wareFLO to to help spread the the message: Viva la Workflow! (Take me to the beginning of these slides!)

Here is a more complicated definition–Workflow Management System–what is that? It is “A system the defines, creates and manages workflows through the use of software, running on one of more workflow engines, which is able to interpret the process definition, interact with workflow participants and, where required, invoke the use of IT tools and applications.” Two points about this definition. First, “interpret the process definition.” This the “set of procedural rules” mentioned in the previos definition of workflow. Second, a workflow management system has a relationship to workflow system similar to that of a database management system to a database [system]. You really can’t so anything with a database unless you have a database management system. When you buy an Access database you need access. When you buy an Oracle database you need the Oracle database management system.

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Definition of Workflow Management System: Workflow Management Coalition

  • “A system the defines, creates and manages workflows through the use of software, running on one of more workflow engines, which is able to interpret the process definition, interact with workflow participants and, where required, invoke the use of IT tools and applications.”

From 2004 to 2006 I gave an annual three-hour tutorial about EHR Workflow Management Systems (WfMSs). While some terminology is dated (for example, WfMSs are now called Business Process Management Systems), the concepts are even more relevant today. P.S. I’ve been a HIMSS Social Media Ambassador for six years in a row. Join me on Twitter at @wareFLO to to help spread the the message: Viva la Workflow! (Take me to the beginning of these slides!)

Related links:

(2006 EHR WfMS Tutorial) Slide 98-102: More Workflow Definitions (No Pun Intended) Applied to Patient Encounter

(There much more content about this topic in the 2006 tutorial.)

TEPR 2004 EHR Workflow Management System Slides

Based on the slide deck used for three-hour tutorial at the 2004 TEPR conference in Fort Lauderdale.

TEPR 2006 EHR Workflow Management Systems Slides

Based on the slide deck used for three-hour tutorial at the 2006 TEPR Conference in Baltimore.

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