Trends in clinical engineering practices
David, Y. (Yadin) | 2014-04-23
Appropriate deployment of technological tools contributes to improvement in the quality of healthcare delivered, the containment of cost, and better access to healthcare systems. Hospitals have been allocating significant portion of their resources to procuring and managing capital assets; they are continuously faced with demands for new biomedical technology while asked to manage existing inventory for which they are not well prepared. To effectively manage their investments, hospitals are developing medical technology management programs that need expertise and planning methodology for safe and efficient deployment of healthcare technological tools. Clinical engineers are practitioners that can lead such programs and deliver technological solutions based on carefully determined needs and specified set of organization objectives and abilities. The successful practice of clinical engineering is dependent on the ability of these practitioners to transfer knowledge from the engineering and life sciences to the support of clinical applications. As rapid changes in the complexity and variety of technological tools and in the measurement of patient care outcomes taking place, it is best to facilitate transfer of such knowledge having well defined body of knowledge. This can be accomplished only when the goals of the profession are clearly described and uniformly accepted accommodating profession vision and commitment. Such a commitment must include the promotion of safe and effective application of science and technology in patient care and on the acceptance of professional accountability demonstratable by the achievement of competency recognition by national professional certification program.