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Methodist Healthcare System selects automation product from BP Logix platform

Vista-based BP Logix, a developer of business process management software, announced Wednesday that Methodist Healthcare System has selected one of its products, Process Director, to manage the health care provider's workflow and business process requirements.

The Process Director product enables users to review both current and historical data related to business processes, understands the implication of activities in running processes and is capable of implementing corrective action to overcome a pending problem if one is present. According to a company release, it "fuses traditional workflow automation with the Process Timeline," the technology platform built in to the product. BP Logix says that enables process builders to specify dependencies and conditions, making them able to determine the planned duration of a process and define the order for all activities within a process.

Methodist Healthcare System – San Antonio is reportedly the largest provider of health care in south and central Texas, with 26 facilities overall, including nine hospitals serving 90,000 inpatients and 390,000 outpatients annually.

According to Ron Mann, lead application developer with Methodist Health, one of the key drivers for implementing a change from its previous combination of using Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project was to automate a process whose results are reported on to the Medical Review Board. That particular process involves 38 steps, he noted, with reimbursement tied to proper accounting and administration.

"We initially thought we could develop the workflows and processes within our Microsoft tools; however, we found the standard workflows had behaviors that rendered them unpredictable," Mann said. "To do a custom workflow would be a lengthy and expensive process that did not appear to be workable. We looked for an off-the-shelf product and became quickly enamored with the Process Timeline as it represented a killer approach."

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