A BPMN Extension for the Annotation of HACCP Plans in Hospital Protocols

  • Mateo Ramos Merino
  • Luis M. Álvarez Sabucedo
  • Juan M. Santos Gago
  • Víctor M. Alonso Rorís
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 745)


This paper introduces a Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) extension designed to enrich the flowcharts included in the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) plans for hospital protocols. From previous works by the authors, a number of issues were identified regarding the application of BPMN on actual hospital HACCP plans. Those drawbacks guided the extension presented. In this line, the main aim of this work is to able to transfer several certain pieces of information, usually expressed just in natural language on attached documents, into graphic-based models including machine understandable information. The provided extension makes possible the adoption of advanced analysis mechanisms for the traceability of HACCP systems. A real world example taken for an actual hospital HACCP deployment is used to show the benefits of the proposal.


BPMN HACCP eHealth Hospital protocols Quality controls 



This work is partially supported by the Carlos III Health Institute of Madrid, Spain, through the Health Research Project with reference PI16/00788.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mateo Ramos Merino
    • 1
  • Luis M. Álvarez Sabucedo
    • 1
  • Juan M. Santos Gago
    • 1
  • Víctor M. Alonso Rorís
    • 1
  1. 1.Grupo GIST - Escuela de TelecomunicacionesUniversidade de VigoVigoSpain

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