α− Flow: A Document-Based Approach to Inter-institutional Process Support in Healthcare

  • Christoph P. Neumann
  • Richard Lenz
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 43)


Inter-institutional collaboration requires clean task boundaries and the separation of responsibilities. In addition, healthcare processes are intrinsically fluid. Traditional activity-oriented workflow models or content-oriented workflow models do not provide adequate support for the paper-based working practice in healthcare. The α-flow approach adopts electronic documents as the primary means of information ex-change, fusing both paradigms into a combined workflow schema model, wherein workflow schemas are represented as documents which are shared coequally to content documents.


Process modeling in healthcare workflow management in healthcare context-aware healthcare processes inter-institutional healthcare information systems document-oriented integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christoph P. Neumann
    • 1
  • Richard Lenz
    • 1
  1. 1.Friedrich-Alexander UniversityErlangen-NurembergGermany

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