Workflow System Speeds Approval Process for Business Trips and Lecture Engagements

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Executive Summary

At the Hanover Medical School (MHH), one of Germany's leading university medical centers, the number of requests for approving business trips, lecture engagements, and cooperation with industry was rising sharply while the number of employees in the Human Resources and Legal departments to review the requests was shrinking. To simplify and accelerate the application process, the hospital developed a workflow system using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to guide doctors through applications, check them for completeness, and display their status. Users no longer have to search for documents or spend time responding to inquiries about the status of applications. MHH has implemented the workflow system in other areas of the medical center to make operations faster, simpler, and more transparent.

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