Evolving technologies drive the new roles of biomedical engineering Conference Paper


Authors: Frisch, P. H.; St. Germain, J.; Lui, W.
Title: Evolving technologies drive the new roles of biomedical engineering
Conference Title: 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08
Abstract: Rapidly changing technology coupled with the financial impact of organized health care, has required hospital Biomedical Engineering organizations to augment their traditional operational and business models to increase their role in developing enhanced clinical applications utilizing new and evolving technologies. The deployment of these technology based applications has required Biomedical Engineering organizations to reorganize to optimize the manner in which they provide and manage services. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has implemented a strategy to explore evolving technologies integrating them into enhanced clinical applications while optimally utilizing the expertise of the traditional Biomedical Engineering component (Clinical Engineering) to provide expanded support in technology/equipment management, device repair, preventive maintenance and integration with legacy clinical systems. Specifically, Biomedical Engineering is an integral component of the Medical Physics Department which provides comprehensive and integrated support to the Center in advanced physical, technical and engineering technology. This organizational structure emphasizes the integration and collaboration between a spectrum of technical expertise for clinical support and equipment management roles. The high cost of clinical equipment purchases coupled with the increasing cost of service has driven equipment management responsibilities to include significant business and financial aspects to provide a cost effective service model. This case study details the dynamics of these expanded roles, future initiatives and benefits for Biomedical Engineering and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. © 2008 IEEE.
Keywords: health care; kettering; medicine; technology; repair; biomedical engineering; equipment; biophysics; models; regulatory; integration; equipment management; evolving technology; technology management; business models; clinical applications; clinical engineerings; clinical systems; cost effectives; cost of services; engineering organizations; financial aspects; financial impacts; high costs; integral components; integrated supports; integration and collaborations; medical physics; organizational structures; service models; technical expertise; technology based applications; industrial applications; industrial management; legacy systems; preventive maintenance; wireless telecommunication systems
Journal Title IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference Proceedings
Conference Dates: 2008 Aug 20-25
Conference Location: Vancouver, BC
ISBN: 1557-170X
Publisher: IEEE  
Date Published: 2008-01-01
Start Page: 5105
End Page: 5108
Language: English
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 19163865
DOI: 10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4650362
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Notes: --- - Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS'08 - "Personalized Healthcare through Technology" - Proc. Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc., EMBC - "Pers. Healthc. through Technol." - "Conference code: 75336" - "Export Date: 17 November 2011" - "Art. No.: 4650362" - 20 August 2008 through 25 August 2008 - "Source: Scopus" - PubMed ID: 19163865
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