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26-29 May 2015
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Fürstenberghaus - F104
10 - Enterprise Modeling

A Domain-specific Modelling Language for Clinical Pathways in the Realm of Multi-perspective Hospital Modelling


  • Monika KACZMAREK
  • Ulrich FRANK

Primary authors



To increase the quality and decrease costs of medical care provision, hospitals apply clinical pathways (CPs) to ‘model’ and manage their processes. Conceptual models of CPs should foster communication between hospital stakeholders, serve as an instrument for quality assurance and optimisation of resource usage, and a foundation for the (re-)design of hospitals’ action and information system (IS). However, existing approaches to CPs’ modelling suffer from simplifications and a low level of domain-specific semantics. In addition, they focus mainly on processes and neglect other aspects relevant to a comprehensive management of hospitals. We argue that to realise the potential benefits of CPs, a comprehensive modelling method accounting for peculiarities of hospitals’ action system and IS is required. The core of such a method should be a Domain-Specific Modelling Language for CPs presented in this paper.