The BP-M* Methodology for Process Analysis in the Health Sector
Antonio Di Leva, Salvatore Femiano
DOI: 10.4236/iim.2011.32007   PDF    HTML     6,083 Downloads   10,829 Views   Citations


In this paper we present the main phases of the BP-M* methodology and its application to a care pathway for patients in the Oncology Division of a large hospital, to evaluate pros and cons of different drug administration modalities and the impact of these modalities to the organizational process. BP-M* has been developed for the manufacturing sector but the relevance of business modeling, analysis and reorganization is not restricted to a specific sector. The aim of this work is to show its application to a real life study of a complex process in the health sector.

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A. Leva and S. Femiano, "The BP-M* Methodology for Process Analysis in the Health Sector," Intelligent Information Management, Vol. 3 No. 2, 2011, pp. 56-63. doi: 10.4236/iim.2011.32007.

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