Swimlane Diagrams

Swim lane diagrams are available in this page. This diagram is a visual element used in process flow diagrams, or flowcharts, that visually distinguishes job sharing and responsibilities for sub-processes of a business process. Swim lanes may be arranged either horizontally or vertically. The best way to understand swim lane diagrams is to look at some examples of swim lane diagrams. Click on any of these swim lane diagrams.

Business Process Swimlane Diagram
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A swim lane diagram is a type of flowchart. Like a flowchart, it diagrams a process from start to finish, but it also divides these steps into categories to help distinguish which departments or employees are responsible for each set of actions. This diagram is also useful in helping clarify responsibilities and help departments work together in a world where departments often don’t understand what the other departments do.

Process Swim Lane Diagram
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Sample Swimlane Diagram
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It’s pretty easy to make a swim line diagram. Firstly identify the lanes and decide what divisions you need represented by swimlanes and label them. Next, start your chart by defining the starting point of the process. Add a rounded rectangle to the top of the appropriate swim lane to indicate its starting point and label it. After that, don’t forget to add steps. Each step should be connected to the one before it with a line. To draw steps in the same swimlane, draw from top to bottom. To add a step in another division go from left to right. With each step, describe what it represents until you reach the end of the process. The arrows between the steps indicate the transfer of information or flow.

Swimlane Diagram Patient Discharge
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Swimlane Diagrams in Health Care
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