Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI

Business Process Analysis in Healthcare (Wintersemester 2019/2020)

Dozent: , Dr. Luise Pufahl (Business Process Technology)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 2
  • ECTS: 3
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.-30.10.2019
  • Lehrform: Vorlesung / Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Pflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch

Studiengänge & Module

Digital Health MA


Processes are omnipresent in the healthcare domain. Patients, doctors, as well as nursing- and laboratory staff are involved in care pathways, but also supporting processes, such as logistics of drugs, play an important role. Requirements on healthcare providers with regards to quality, efficiency, and profitability grow continously and require a strong process understanding to identify potentials for process improvements, innovations, and automation.

In this lecture, you will learn process modeling as a technique for the discovery, analysis, improvement, and automation of different healthcare processes (care pathways, standard operating procedures, supporting processes, etc.). We will introduce BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) - the most widespreaded process modeling language in industry and research. Further, techniques to analyze and redesign processes will be presented. Decisions play a crutial role in healthcare such that DMN (Decision Model and Notation) as a standard for decision modeling and management wil be discussed.

The learned techniques in this lecture will be applied in exercises and a project.

The lecture will consist of the following aspects:

1. Introduction

2. Basics of Process Modeling

3. Process Modeling with BPMN

4. Process Analysis and Redesign

5. Decision Management

6. Care Pathway Modeling Project


Completed Bachelor's studies.


Standard BPM Books:

  • Mathias Weske. Business process management: Concepts, Languages, Architectures. Vol. 2, Springer. Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
  • Marlon Dumas, Marcello La Rosa, Jan Mendling, and Hajo Reijers. Fundamentals of business process management. Vol. 2, Springer. Heidelberg, 2018.

BPM in Healthcare

  • Carlo Combi, Giuseppe Pozzi, and Pierangelo Veltri, eds. Process modeling and management for healthcare. CRC Press, 2017.
  • Ronny S. Mans, Wil M.P. van der Aalst, and Rob J.B. Vanwersch. Process mining in healthcare: Evaluating and exploiting operational healthcare processes. Heidelberg: Springer, 2015.

Lern- und Lehrformen

Lecture and Exercises. Additionally, the lecture content will be applied in care pathway modeling project (executed in groups of 2-3 students).


The final evaluation will be based on:

  • Business Process Analysis Project 25% (Presentation + Report)

  • Written exam 75%


Every Mondays at 1.30 pm in H-E.51.

First lecture: on the 14th of October at 1:30 pm in H-E.51

Further news and materials will be published over Moodle.