Process modeling and analysis for interventional procedures in health care @Philips

The Information Systems group is often contacted by industrial organizations with assignments that could lead to student projects at various levels (master thesis project, bachelor completion project, etc.) Through this website we make these topics available to our students. In this post, we announce one such project, involving company: Philips

Process modeling and analysis for interventional procedures in health care

Primary Contacts within TU/e: Pieter Van Gorp and Uzay Kaymak

The organization

Philips is a diversified technology company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare.

This thesis relates specifically to the business unit on Interventional Cardiology solutions. Minimally invasive treatment is increasingly common in hospitals, driven by the aspiration to lower the cost for the overall healthcare system, reduce patient trauma and realize better outcomes.  Minimally invasive procedures are performed through tiny incisions instead of one large opening. Because the incisions are small, patients tend to have quicker recovery times and less discomfort than with conventional surgery.

Philips is a world leading supplier of interventional X-ray equipment in the world. With this equipment, many different types of minimally invasive procedures are supported, such as stent placement for coronary diseases, heart valve replacements, neurology and oncology procedures. For examples, see http://www.healthcare.philips.com/main/products/interventional_xray/product/interventional_cardiac_surgery.

Assignment

Standardizing minimally invasive interventional procedures to improve quality of care and reduce cost becomes more and more important. To support this, Philips is innovating in gathering information on interventional procedure flows, defining standardized flows and checking compliance to standardized flows. Big data analytics techniques are also investigated for process mining such flows.

The objective for this assignment is to investigate solutions for modeling and analyzing the compliance of real-life processes for a number of minimally invasive procedures, to effectively support the health care professionals to perform such procedures. Building a (extension of an existing) prototype and evaluating it with knowledgeable stakeholders will be part of the assignment. It is expected that the main direction of the assignment will be to

  • investigate tooling to author workflow processes, also taking into account ongoing developments in Philips,
  • gain hands on expertise in state-of-the-art BPMN 2.0 compliance checking tools developed by researchers from the Information Systems group at TU/e,
  • observe real-life workflows, define process models and evaluate these with stakeholders,
  • check process compliance against available interventional procedure data,
  • improve the tool infrastructure where appropriate,
  • perform interviews with stakeholders to check usefulness of the proposed solution.

Potential

This project offers great opportunities both for a future job in industry as well as in academia. Specifically, the project is based on ongoing large scale collaborations between Philips Netherlands, Philips China, and TU Eindhoven.

Colloquium IS Lonneke Vermeulen: Developments of Tracebook

Speaker:
Lonneke Vermeulen

Title:
Developments of Tracebook

Abstract:
Atul Gawandas’ Checklist Manifesto made the medical world realize the high potential of clinical safety checklists in reducing medical errors and improving patient safety. As the current computerized checklist support systems were too static, the Brainbridge II program (a collaboration between the Eindhoven University of Technology, Zhejiang University, Philips Research and Catharina Hospital Eindhoven) developed a system that can individualize checklists based on information from the patient’s medical record while also considering the context of the clinical workflows. In this presentation I will elaborate the developments within and around this system over the past year.

After a short introduction of the Tracebook system, I will discuss four dynamic checklists we developed in the system. During the second part of the presentation, I will discuss the first results we made within the DARTS-CSI project towards forward compliance analysis and safety managing deviations from pathways in the system.

 

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Several possibilities for an internship Medical Experience For Healthcare @ MEDIFY

The Information Systems group is often contacted by industrial organizations with assignments that could lead to student projects at various levels (master thesis project, bachelor completion project, etc.) Through this website we make these topics available to our students. In this post, we announce one such project, involving company:
MEDIFY

Medify aims to improve communication standards in the medical sector by generating insight through visualization. We focus on visual engagement solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical devices markets. We deliver in all kind of computer generated imagery (CGI) solutions, from high resolution stills and animations up to augmented reality and interactive experience solutions.

MEDICAL EXPERIENCE FOR HEALTHCARE

Due to the combination of our in-house developed ‘Medical Experience framework’, 3D visualization expertise and your participation, we are able to bring patient understanding to the next level. With the framework’s flexibility and toolset we are able to easily create specific interactive ‘experiences’ by changing the content (textual and audio-visual information).

The Medical Experience:

  • Improves the standard in patient communication
  • Gives insight at almost any intellectual level
  • Support patients upfront, during and after patient counselling
  • Patients can review and recall information at home
  • Patient can share information with relatives

Medical Experience set-ups are developed with patients and HCPs, generates unique link per patient for communication with the hospital, can be presented in different languages and is easy accessible as it works on all devices and browsers (HTML).

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Explorative Cardiology & Urology Medical Experience screenshots

Currently we help hospitals with explorative and step-wise applications, to inform patients upfront, during and after counselling about conditions and procedures. In practice use of step-wise procedural applications resulted in:

  1. Improved patient understanding
  2. 50% up to 80% counselling time reduction

Each specific procedural experience is a patient journey to experience a treatment upfront.

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Please check out our digital patient counselling experiences and the way it is used in hospitals on:

Currently our applications are used in the following hospitals:

  •  Amsterdam Academisch medisch centrum (AMC)
  • Vrije universiteit Amsterdam medisch Centrum (VUmc)
  • Medisch Centrum Alkmaar (MCA)
  • Jeroen Bosch ziekenhuis (JBZ)
  • Radboud medisch mentrum
  • Universitair medisch centrum Groningen (UMCG)
  • Onze lieve vrouwen gasthuis (OLVG)
  • Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL, Belgium)

The Medical Experience is seen as a successfully implemented e-health solution. We won several awards and do research continuously to improve digital counselling solutions for patients. Despite these successes we have to fight every day. Actually we just made our first steps…. It would be great if you can participate!

INTERNSHIP VACANCIES

We do have several possibilities for an internship

  • Process optimization regarding overall application implementation process
  • Time reduction analysis for hospitals
  • Make us a NEN 7510 company

Next to your research you ask you help us with our daily business activities.

CONTACT

If it seems interesting for you please apply for an internship, and bring us yourself, your knowledge and ideas. Please let us know what your interest would be. Contact for more information: Rik Eshuis

De Vreelandgroep is per 1 juni op zoek naar een afstudeerder!

The Information Systems group is often contacted by industrial organizations with assignments that could lead to student projects at various levels (master thesis project, bachelor completion project, etc.) Through this website we make these topics available to our students. In this post, we announce one such project, involving company Vreelandgroep

ZOEK JIJ EEN LOGISTIEKE UITDAGING?

De Vreelandgroep is per 1 juni op zoek naar een afstudeerder!

WIE ZIJN WIJ?

De Vreelandgroep, dat zijn 10 enthousiaste organisatieadviseurs, die zich inzetten om professionals en organisaties in de zorg beter te laten presteren. Dat doen wij op het gebied van strategie, het coachen van teams en zorglogistiek. Voorbeelden van onze logistieke projecten zijn simulatiemodellen van acute opname afdelingen, nieuwbouwtrajecten van ziekenhuizen en capaciteitsvraagstukken op poliklinieken. Voor meer informatie bekijk ons filmpje over simulatiemodellen<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjzVSoZvA7I> of kijk op onze website www.vreelandgroep.nl<http://www.vreelandgroep.nl>

JOUW PROFIEL:
–       je studeert Technische Bedrijfskunde, Technische Wiskunde of een vergelijkbare studie,
–       je kunt programmeren en vindt het leuk om logistieke modellen te ontwerpen,
–       kennis van R en Plant Simulation is een pre,
–       je hebt affiniteit met de gezondheidszorg en de logistieke uitdagingen die daarmee verbonden zijn
–       je kunt zelfstandig werken en hebt goede communicatieve en sociale vaardigheden.

Je zult de opdracht (gedeeltelijk) uitvoeren bij ons op kantoor in Bilthoven. Uiteraard bieden we ook een stagevergoeding.
Ben je geïnteresseerd? Stuur dan een motivatiebrief naar ons. We zullen een kennismakingsgesprek met je voeren en samen met jou kijken naar een geschikte opdracht, afhankelijk van jouw interesses en ideeën.

Contact for more information: Rik Eshuis