An Application of Process Mining in the Context of Melanoma Surveillance Using Time Boxing

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 342)


Background: Process mining is a relatively new discipline that helps to discover and analyze actual process executions based on log data. In this paper we apply conformance checking techniques to the process of surveillance of melanoma patients. This process consists of recurring events with time constraints between the events. Objectives: The goal of this work is to show how existing clinical data collected during melanoma surveillance can be prepared and pre-processed to be reused for process mining. Methods: We describe an approach based on time boxing to create process models from medical guidelines and the corresponding event logs from clinical data of patient visits. Results: Event logs were extracted for 1,023 patients starting melanoma surveillance at the Department of Dermatology at the Medical University of Vienna between January 2010 and June 2017. Conformance checking techniques available in the ProM framework were applied. Conclusions: The presented time boxing enables the direct use of existing process mining frameworks like ProM to perform process-oriented analysis also with respect to time constraints between events.


Health care processes Process mining Electronic health records Medical guidelines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems (CeMSIIS)Medical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Research Department of Advanced Information Systems and TechnologyUniversity of Applied Sciences Upper AustriaHagenbergAustria
  3. 3.Faculty of Computer ScienceUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  4. 4.Department of DermatologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria

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