Introduction to Clinical Engineering

Introduction to Clinical Engineering

1st Edition - August 6, 2020

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  • Authors: Samantha Jacques, Barbara Christe
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128181034
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128181041

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Introduction to Clinical Engineering focuses on the application of engineering practice within the healthcare delivery system, often defined as clinical engineering. Readers will explore the fundamental concepts integral to the support of healthcare technology to advance medical care. The primary mission of clinical engineers is the utilization of medical devices, software, and systems to deliver safe and effective patient care throughout technology’s lifecycle. This unique and interdisciplinary workforce is part of the healthcare team and serves as the intersection between engineering and medicine. This book is aimed at practitioners, managers, students, and educators to serve as a resource that offers a broad perspective of the applications of engineering principles, regulatory compliance, lifecycle planning, systems thinking, risk analysis, and resource management in healthcare. This book is an invaluable tool for healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals and can serve as a guide for students to explore the profession in depth.

Key Features

  • Offers readers an in-depth look into the support and implementation of existing medical technology used for patient care in a clinical setting
  • Provides insights into the clinical engineering profession, focusing on engineering principles as applied to the US healthcare system
  • Explores healthcare technology, hospital and systems safety, information technology and interoperability with medical devices, clinical facilities management, as well as human resource management


Professionals in clinical engineering, biomedical engineering, and healthcare technology management; graduate and upper-division undergraduate students in biomedical engineering courses

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Chapter 1 The Profession


    What is clinical engineering?

    Responsibilities and roles

    Potential employers and career pathways

    Societies and collaboration

    Code of ethics

    Future opportunities for clinical engineering



    Chapter 2 Healthcare Technology Basics

    General types of medical technologies utilized in clinical settings

    Devices throughout the healthcare system and relationship to patient care

    Technology support life cycle



    Chapter 3 Healthcare Technology Management

    Systems engineering theory as applied to the clinical setting

    The human-device interface and human factors

    Computerized maintenance management systems

    Medical device interoperability

    Project management principles, as applied to clinical engineering

    Ongoing support planning including service agreements

    Vendor contracting and vendor management

    Data-driven decisions and data analytic techniques

    Financial management of medical technology

    Clinician connections including communication and collaboration

    Emerging technologies and technology transfer into healthcare settings



    Chapter 4 Safety and Systems Safety


    Regulations, regulatory bodies, codes, and standards

    Medical device incidents

    Recall management

    Risk management



    Chapter 5 Information Technology

    The clinical engineering information technology interface

    Interoperability and integration of medical device data

    Cybersecurity, threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation



    Chapter 6 Facilities Management


    Electrical power

    Plumbing systems and water quality management

    Medical gas systems

    Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems

    Building and renovation project management

    Emergency preparedness

    Infection prevention



    Chapter 7 Human resource Management

    Workforce development, job descriptions, and succession planning

    Strategic planning, goal development/cascading, and performance evaluations

    Change management

    Culture of safety

    Project management



    Appendix: Additional Readings


Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: August 6, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128181034
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128181041

About the Authors

Samantha Jacques

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, McLaren Health Care, Mount Blanc, MI. Dr. Jacques is the Vice President of Clinical Engineering at McLaren. She manages Services throughout the McLaren system including 14 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the AAMI Standards Committee. Prior to McLaren, she was Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health.

Affiliations and Expertise

McLaren Health Care, Mount Blanc, MI, USA

Barbara Christe

Barbara Christe, PhD is Dean of the School of Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College, a State University of New York (SUNY) campus. She is responsible for one graduate program and six academic departments. Dr Christe is a Commissioner in the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET. Prior to SUNY, she was Program Director of Healthcare Engineering Technology Management and Associate Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY, United States

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