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Enabling Flexible Laboratory Processes : Designing the Laboratory Information System of the Future

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Duelli, Christoph ; Keller, Robert ; Manderscheid, Jonas ; Manntz, Andreas ; Röglinger, Maximilian ; Schmidt, Marco:
Enabling Flexible Laboratory Processes : Designing the Laboratory Information System of the Future.
In: Business Process Management : Cases. - s.l. , 2016

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(a) Situation faced: Recent developments in the medical and industrial la-boratory market boost the need for highly flexible laboratory processes. This pressure results from new requirements that go along with the in-ternationalization of laboratories and the digitalization of formerly pa-per-based and bureaucratic work practices. The execution of laboratory processes is supported by laboratory information systems (LIS), which handle the control and information flow of incoming orders end-to-end. State-of-the-art LIS do not feature sufficient flexibility-to-use and flex-ibility-to-change capabilities. To prepare medical and industrial labora-tories for the challenges ahead, LIS require more advanced flexibility capabilities that enable meeting the need for flexibility in complex la-boratory processes.

(b) Action taken: To tackle the challenges of medical and industrial labora-tories, MELOS, a leading German LIS provider, and the Project Group BISE of the Fraunhofer FIT conducted the LIS4FUTURE project. The project team compiled requirements on the flexibility of laboratory pro-cesses and derived corresponding requirements on the flexibility-to-use and the flexibility-to-change of LIS. Missing configuration capabilities and lacking modularity across all software architecture layers were iden-tified as major inhibitors of flexible laboratory processes. Following an agile development process and grounded on extant knowledge, the pro-ject team developed the LIS4FUTURE demonstrator, a process-aware LIS with a modular architecture and a rule-based configuration mecha-nism.

(c) Results achieved: Based on the identified requirements, the project team iteratively developed and evaluated both the modular architecture and the rule-based configuration mechanism within the development of the LIS4FUTURE demonstrator. Finally, the modular architecture allows for the complete replacement of process steps at build time, while the rule-based configuration mechanism implements the possibility to tack-le the ever-increasing flexibility demands at runtime. The LIS4FUTURE demonstrator shows the applicability of the developed concepts in real-world scenarios and helps MELOS develop an innovative release of their LIS in the future.

(d) Lessons learned: During the LIS4FUTURE project, the project team made diverse learnings: (1) advanced flexibility-to-use and flexibility-to-change IS capabilities are needed to prepare for flexibility demands on the process level, (2) radical redesign of existing processes and sys-tems should be preferred over incremental improvement to tap the dis-ruptive potential of innovation opportunities, (3) the LIS architecture must be aligned with the process paradigm in order to become flexible, (4) discussions among academics and practitioners are more effective if based on running prototypes instead of theoretical concepts, (5) project results improve if project team members work a substantial fraction of their time at the same location.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and Value Oriented Process Management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Information Systems and Value Oriented Process Management > Professorship Business Information Systems and Value Oriented Process Management - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Maximilian Röglinger
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 31 May 2017 12:46
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/35096