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Engineering Medical Processes to Improve Their Safety

Summary: Engineering Medical Processes to Improve
Their Safety
An ExperienceReport
Leon J. Osterweill, George S. Avrunin1,Bin Chen1,Lori A. Clarke1, Rachel
Cobleigh1,Elizabeth A. Henneman2and Philip L. Henneman3
1 Laboratory for Advanced Software Engineering Research (LASER)
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003
{ljo, avrunin, chenbin, clarke, rcobleig} @ cs.umass.edu
2 School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst,
MA 01003, henneman@nursing.umass.edu
3 Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA and Tufts University
School of Medicine, Boston, MA, philip.henneman@bhs.org
Abstract. This paper describes experiences in using precise definitions of
medical processes as the basis for analyses aimed at finding and correcting
defects leading to improvements in patient safety. The work entails the use of
the Little-JIL process definition language for creating the precise definitions,
the Propel system for creating precise specifications of process requirements,
and the FLAVERS systems for analyzing process definitions. The paper
describes the details of using these technologies, employing a blood
transfusion process as an example. Although this work is still ongoing, early


Source: Avrunin, George S. - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Collections: Mathematics