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Teaching Business Process Management
with focus on the Healthcare domain

For some master thesis proposal examples, see http://onderwijs.ieis.tue.nl/en/ie/master-im/mentoren/master-thesis/gorp-dr-pme-van. New thesis topics are listed here.

2012-2013

Courses

See 2011-2012

Master Theses

  • Semester 1 (Sept. 2011)
    • Dassen, S.J.J.M. (Steven) [OML]. (literature study start: Feb. 2012) Preliminary topic: BPMN in Healthcare (validation of the work of Van Gorp and Dijkman, investigation of BPMN simulation software (iGrafX), ...). Literature study focus: revisit the level of adoptance of particular BPMN constructs in industry.
  • Semester 2 (Feb. 2012)
    • Renswouw, W.J.M. (Wesley) [OML]. (literature study start: Feb. 2012) Preliminary topic: Model-Driven Engineering support for the development of Neurologcial Decision Support systems running on tablets and smartphones. Collaboration with MUMC.
    • Suntjens, A.A.C. (Anouk) [OML]. (literature study start: Feb. 2012) Preliminary topic: Reasoning about clinical DSS oriented flowcharts: similarity analysis, etc. Collaboration with MUMC.
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2011-2012

Courses

See 2010-2011

Master Theses

  • Semester 2
    • Dat, P.J.C. (Pieter) [OML for Healthcare]. (literature study start, actual thesis semester start: Feb. 2012) Preliminary topic: Simulation software for BPR in Healthcare: special-purpose or general purpose? Or both? (FlexSim HC vs CPNtools: pros/cons, integration via model transformations, ...)
    • Dalinghaus, W.R. (Willem) [OML]. (literature study start, actual thesis semester start: Feb. 2012) Preliminary topic: use of BPMN 2.0 constructs in healthcare, compared to other domains. Related research
    • Koeken, M.J.A.J. (Michel) [OML]. (literature study start, actual thesis semester start: Feb. 2012) Preliminary topic: formalizing the evalution process for Hospital Information Systems using Feature Modeling and Process Modeling. Related research: literature study of Erwin van den Broek
      Alternative topic: a business model for SHARE and its relation to operational processes
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2010-2011

Courses

  • Design of Information Systems (1BB42, DIS, 6 ECTS ontwerp gericht onderwijs, bachelor): In het IS ontwerpvak leren studenten hoe ze hun kennis in het proces- en datamodelleren kunnen inzetten voor het specificeren van een informatie systeem en het bouwen van een uitvoerbaar prototype van dat systeem.
  • Business Process Modeling (1BB31, BPM, 3 ECTS, bachelor): Na het volgen van dit vak dient de student in staat te zijn procesmodellen op te stellen waarin proceslogica, gegevens en tijd een rol spelen.
  • Executable models of logistic processes (1BM15, 5 ECTS, master):
    • Ability to define and evolve process models with complex data and time properties,
    • Ability to identify when (not) to apply hierarchy and lists,
    • Master analysis techniques for Petri nets,
    • Master simulation of Petri nets, draw conclusions based on simulation results,
    • Ability to collect technical information from the appropriate sources (manual, mailing list, ...)
  • Healthcare Business Networks (1BM70, HCBN, 5 ECTS): General objective of the course is to provide students with a deep insight in the formation AND management of information systems-enabled (dynamic) business networks in the healthcare domain. In this domain, we currently see an increasing importance of (dynamic) business networks to deal with strong demands imposed by societal developments: increasing efficiency (both cost- and time-wise), increasing effectiveness (success rates, patient safety), and increasing medical specialization. Demands are posed by government, financial institutions (most importantly insurance companies) and patients. Networks have forms like clusters of hospitals, extra-mural healthcare chains, and dynamic service outsourcing collaborations (the latter even of an international nature). Information systems play a critical role in healthcare business networks for two main reasons: firstly, the healthcare domain is highly information-intensive by nature (think for example of electronic patient records); secondly, automated means are required to synchronize the operations of collaborating organizations in business networks and to efficiently and effectively pass information between them. This course is positioned in the middle of a triangle of healthcare topics, business topics, and information system topics and provides an explicit integration in this triangle. The focus of the course is on advanced operation management in healthcare business networks, i.e., on operational business processes and their support by information systems. The course is closely linked to research in the field of business networks in the healthcare domain.

Master Theses

  • Started in Semester 2
    • Muijres, G.J.M. (Guyon) [Innovation Management]: Business Process Enactment in Healthcare: comparing a generic Object Oriented MDE tool with a specialized Case Handling tool (Mendix vs. BPMone).
    • Molen, T.T.G.P. van der (Tom) [Innovation Management]: Using the Epsilon Model Management Platform for maintaining the consistency between business process diagrams and textual documentation.
    • Sanusi, A. M. (Amalia) [BIS]. Thesis project start: Feb. 2011 (1 thesis semester, including proposal writing). Final topic: Formalizing the BPMN 2.0 Operational Semantics using Henshin. Related research
    • Guillen Becerril, M.G. (Manuel) [BIS]. Thesis project start: Feb. 2011 (1 thesis semester, including proposal writing). Final topic: Comparing a code-based implementation with a model-driven implementation of a Cloud Computing Platform (PHP vs Mendix). Related research (research questions: is a generic MDE tool suitable for re-engineering a code-based prototype? Does the end-result support the implementation of new features better?)
  • Others
    • Robert Janssen [IM]: (i) literature study completed on 14/12/2010, (ii) proposal draft finished
    • Second supervisor of Bras, K.S. (Stephan) [OML]. (fist supervisor: Marco Comuzzi): cooperation with Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC), Amsterdam.
    • Second supervisor of Wieleman, B.P. (Bart) [OML]. Research proposal submitted on 17-02-2011 (fist supervisor: Hajo Reijers): cooperation with Infosys, Bangalore (India).
    • Second supervisor of Van Ruitenburg (A.C.) [OML]. (fist supervisor: Nico Dellaert): cooperation with Oogziekenhuis, Rotterdam.
    • Second supervisor of Timo van Heijst [OML]. (fist supervisor: Remco Dijkman): cooperation with Ahold Inbound Logistics.
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    2009-2010

    Courses

    • Executable Models of Logistic Processes (1BM15), 5 ECTS: Starting point for this course is the CPN language. The first part of the course is used to obtain experience with the use of CPN Tools. Students have to model and investigate a series of smaller operational processes (e.g., the (s,S) rule). After doing this a larger logical problem is modeled and analyzed from a functional and performance-oriented point-of-view. An example could be to investigate the bull-whip effect in a number of circumstances. Another example, would be to look at dispatch rules, etc. The main focus is not on learning logistical concepts but on advanced modeling and simulation techniques.
    • Healthcare Business Networks (1BM70, 5 ECTS): General objective of the course is to provide students with a deep insight in the formation and management of information systems-enabled (dynamic) business networks in the healthcare domain. In this domain, we currently see an increasing importance of (dynamic) business networks to deal with strong demands imposed by societal developments: increasing efficiency (both cost- and time-wise), increasing effectiveness (success rates, patient safety), and increasing medical specialization. Demands are posed by government, financial institutions (most importantly insurance companies) and patients. Networks have forms like clusters of hospitals, extra-mural healthcare chains, and dynamic service outsourcing collaborations (the latter even of an international nature). Information systems play a critical role in healthcare business networks for two main reasons: firstly, the healthcare domain is highly information-intensive by nature (think for example of electronic patient records); secondly, automated means are required to synchronize the operations of collaborating organizations in business networks and to efficiently and effectively pass information between them. This course is positioned in the middle of a triangle of healthcare topics, business topics, and information system topics and provides an explicit integration in this triangle. The focus of the course is on advanced operation management in healthcare business networks, i.e., on operational business processes and their support by information systems. The course is closely linked to research in the field of business networks in the healthcare domain.
    • Verzamelingenleer en logica (1BB20), 3 ECTS, in Dutch): (Naïve) verzamelingenleer, relaties tussen en operaties op verzamelingen, het Cartesiaans product, enige speciale relaties en functies, aftelbare en overaftelbare verzamelingen. Propositielogica: syntax, semantiek, bewijstheorie, correctheid en volledigheid. Predikatenlogica: syntax, semantiek.

    Bachelor End Projects

    • Pieter Dat

    Master Theses

    • Started in Semester 1
      • Second supervisor of Cristian Truijen (second supervisor, completed 29/1/2010, first supervisor: Remco Dijkman).
    • Started in Semester 2
      • Second supervisor of Anne van Kaam (OML, completed 19/11/2010, fist supervisor: Nico Dellaert): redesign of PPOS in Dutch Hospital.
    • Others
      • Robert Janssen (at DCI Labs). Thesis project start: Sept. 2011
      • Muijres, G.J.M. (Guyon) [Innovation Management] (literature study start, actual thesis semester start: Feb. 2011): Modeling Business Processes using the SPASS modeling notation.
      • Molen, T.T.G.P. van der (Tom) [Innovation Management] (literature study start, actual thesis semester start: Feb. 2011): NLP2SD - translating clinical guidelines in natural language into formal story diagrams.
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    2008-2009

    Courses

    • OGO Gezondheidszorg en technologie 2 (1GG02, 4 ECTS, in Dutch): Aan de hand van een praktijkcasus wordt een innovatie op het gebied van de organisatie van zorgprocessen (bv. zorgpaden, zorgprogramma¨s) gepresenteerd en geëvalueerd vanuit verschillende disciplinaire invalshoeken (standaardisatie van werkprocessen, informatievoorziening, logistieke aansturing, organisatieverandering, kosten en opbrengsten). Ontwikkelingen in de gezondheidszorg (zoals gereguleerde marktwerking) die aanleiding vormen voor de betreffende innovatie worden besproken, alsmede overige contextfactoren met een faciliterend of belemmerend effect op de betreffende innovatie. In een eerste werkstuk benoemen groepen studenten aan de hand van de casus de benchmarkcriteria waarmee met de casus vergelijkbare projecten in het tweede deel van het vak beschreven en geëvalueerd kunnen worden.
      In het tweede deel van het vak beschrijven en evalueren groepen studenten de ontwikkeling van een vergelijkbare casus in een gezondheidszorginstelling. De opdrachten kunnen betrekking hebben op verschillende zorgcategorieën (acute zorg, electieve zorg en chronische zorg), die elk hun eigen kenmerken hebben en specifieke eisen stellen aan inrichting, informatievoorziening en aansturing. De groepsopdracht wordt gerapporteerd in de vorm van een groepswerkstuk, dat wordt gepresenteerd en besproken ten overstaan van een panel van begeleiders en betrokkenen uit de betreffende instellingen.
    • Executable Models of Logistic Processes (1BM15, in Dutch): Starting point for this course is the CPN language. The first part of the course is used to obtain experience with the use of CPN Tools. Students have to model and investigate a series of smaller operational processes (e.g., the (s,S) rule). After doing this a larger logical problem is modeled and analyzed from a functional and performance-oriented point-of-view. An example could be to investigate the bull-whip effect in a number of circumstances. Another example, would be to look at dispatch rules, etc. The main focus is not on learning logistical concepts but on advanced modeling and simulation techniques.
    • Process Modeling (1BB30, in Dutch): Deze cursus gebruikt Petrinetten als een hulpmiddel voor het modelleren en analyseren van bedrijfsprocessen. Eerst wordt het klassieke Petrinet geïntroduceerd. Vervolgens wordt deze basis modelleertaal uitgebreid met gegevens, tijd en hiërarchie. Voor de concrete syntax wordt CPN gebruikt. In de cursus wordt ook gebruik gemaakt van het hulpmiddel CPN-tools voor het modelleren en simuleren van processen. Tenslotte wordt gekeken naar toepassingen zoals workflow management en alternatieve talen zoals UML.

    Bachelor End Projects

    Master Theses

    • Dan Lei [Operations Management and Logistics] (completed 23/08/2010, second supervisor: Samuil Angelov)
    • Erwin van den Broek [Operations Management and Logistics] (completed 19/11/2010, second supervisor: Ton Weijters)
    • Second supervisor of Ingmar Frey (BIS, completed 7/9/2009, fist supervisor: Hajo Reijers)
    • Second supervisor of Jeroen Blox (BIS, completed 18/3/2009, first supervisor: Rik Eshuis)
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