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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.
- 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
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
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
Plumbing systems and water quality management
Medical gas systems
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems
Building and renovation project management
Chapter 7 Human resource Management
Workforce development, job descriptions, and succession planning
Strategic planning, goal development/cascading, and performance evaluations
Culture of safety
Appendix: Additional Readings
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- 6th August 2020
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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.
McLaren Health Care, Mount Blanc, MI, USA
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.
Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY, United States
"What you will find as you read through this book, is that one of the truly great things about being a clinical engineer is that it is impossible to become bored. A clinical engineer serves to a large extent as a bridge between technology and medicine. In this capacity, there are myriad opportunities in the ever-changing world of health care. Whether the problem to solve is urgent or strategic, or covers direct patient care, equipment integration, human factors, cybersecurity, or financial improvement, there is always a long list to improve the performance of the health system or related organization…What you can expect in this profession today is still only limited by your imagination." --From the Foreword by Lawrence (Larry) W. Hertzler, CCE, AAMI Fellow
"Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a refresher, transitioning into management, or trying to enter the HTM field. Breaking into the health technology industry can be difficult, but Introduction to Clinical Engineering makes the process less daunting and more approachable." --Lynch, N. Reading Room. Biomed Instrum Technol (2020) 54 (6): 450.
"The book accomplishes its purpose of providing readers with a clear introduction to the body of knowledge that all novices to the field of clinical engineering must understand. It delivers the reader an appreciation for the vast knowledge one should be competent in and the benefit from realizing how to prepare for their next step in their career." --Yadin, D. Book Review. Global Clinical Engineering Journal, 4(1), 4-7.
"As written, this text will serve many interested in the field of clinical engineering with a useful over- view of the field and some of its history in the United States. As is evident from the text, further reading and experience is needed for one to be able to contribute to this valuable field of endeavor." --IEEE
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