Context-Aware Scheduling and Allocation System


Literature shows that 67 % of the elective surgery cancellations are due to bad planning. The majority of the cancellations due to bad planning are related to lack of capacity (e.g. human resources and ward beds), walk-in patients (i.e. emergency surgeries), higher duration of previous surgeries, and overbooking.

The use of context-based data will be studied in the framework of the clinical workflows and patient pathways involved in the scheduling process. It is expected that context data on the actual performance can be gathered using qualitative methods to adapt the clinical guidelines to a specific organisation, department or individual. In an automated manner, such data on the actual performance can be made by way of context-aware methods. This will generate the knowledge required to describe patient and user pathways in an integrated and coherent manner to ensure process support at the individual level within the EHR.

This knowledge when applied to the patient admission scheduling and resource allocation problem in surgical departments, contributes to the health services sustainability by reducing the number of elective surgery cancellations and improving the usage of organisation resources.


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Granja, Conceição; Solvoll, Terje. Exploring the Use of Context-Awareness in Scheduling Methods to Approach the Patient Planning Problem. In: eTelemed 2018. The Tenth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine. International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA) 2018 ISBN 978-1-61208-618-7. p. 81-84

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Project manager

Project participant

External project participants

  • Bernardo Almada Lobo, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
  • John Chelsom, School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Stephen White, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK


  • Northern Norway Regional Health Authority


Patient pathways

Services for health professionals

Project period

2018 - 2023

Last updated

23 August 2018