Automatic generation of dynamic and personalized care workflows

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The GPS4IntegratedCare project aims to solve problems associated with the management of complex medical patient profiles. Therefore, it will develop a smart workflow engine (SWE) for integrated care. Workflows are tailored to the needs of each individual patient on a real-time basis, coordinating the activities of different care organizations and the changing contexts of the patient while optimally balancing automation and user control.

Optimized care trajectories involving patients and care providers

Typical care workflows are designed for a single care organization, for a specific disease and according to a standard patient profile. This generic approach results in a lack of communication, contradictory approaches to care, and potentially extended hospital stays, especially when a patient suffers from multiple diseases.

Just like GPS generates an optimized traveling route, the GPS4IC system will suggest an optimized care pathway, adapted to the specific goals and contexts of all stakeholders. The system will also synchronize the activities of all people involved.

Smart engine that generates care workflows

With the main goals of improved efficiency and user satisfaction in mind, the GPS4IntegratedCare project will develop a smart workflow engine capable of generating personalized, scalable, semi-automated care workflows. The project will also focus on developing templates and tools to facilitate the description of stakeholders' preferences and the services offered by both individuals and devices. An approach combining considerate computing and participatory design will ensure a balance between automatic workflow generation and a sufficient level of user control.

Better care, lower costs, happier patients

The outcomes of these workflows will include:

  • significant increase in care quality and stakeholders' satisfaction
  • significant cost reduction for patients and medical facilities; and 
  • considerably improved interaction between workflow users. 

This creates a self-contained, communicative health services ecosystem in which all stakeholders are informed and aligned, leading to earlier patient discharge and fewer hospitalizations.

Brand new ideas in healthcare technology applications

Expertise will be provided by a wide range of consortium partners specialized in communication, healthcare and IT. The technologies that the project aims to develop are novel. The outcomes of the project will be demonstrated in a lab setting, evaluated with caregivers using fictional data and validated by an end-user advisory board composed by participating medical facilities.

"GPS4IntegratedCare will formalize the required knowledge, along with the contextual data such as clinical condition of the patient, availability of resources, and preferences of the stakeholders. This will generate personalized and considerate workflows for integrated care."

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Automatic generation of dynamic and personalized care workflows.

GPS4IntegratedCare is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen.

It ran from 01.04.2016 until 31.03.2018.

Project information


  • Agfa Healthcare
  • Remedus


  • imec - IDLab - UGent
  • imec - mintlab - KU Leuven
  • KU Leuven - LIRIS


  • Project Lead: Els Lion
  • Research Lead: Karin Slegers
  • Innovation Manager: Eric Van der Hulst