An evaluation framework for business process modeling languages in healthcare

Amir Afrasiabi Rad, Morad Benyoucef, Craig E. Kuziemsky

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Web services composition is an emerging paradigm for enabling inter and intra organizational integration, and a landscape of languages and techniques for modeling business processes in web service based environments has emerged and is continuously being enriched. With the advent of modeling standards, different business sectors are investigating the options for modeling their workflows. In terms of business process modeling, healthcare is a rather complex sector of activity. Indeed, modeling healthcare processes presents special requirements dictated by the complicated and dynamic nature of these processes as well as by the specificity and diversity of the actors involved in these processes. Little effort has been dedicated to evaluating the capabilities and limitations of modeling languages based on healthcare requirements. This paper presents a set of healthcare modeling requirements and proposes an evaluation framework for process modeling languages based on these requirements. The suitability of two major process based service composition languages, namely BPEL and WS-CDL, is evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • BPEL
  • Business process modeling
  • Healthcare
  • Modeling language
  • Web service composition
  • WS-CDL


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