New roles & responsibilities of hospital biomedical engineering Conference Paper


Authors: Frisch, P. H.; Stone, B.; Booth, P.; Lui, W.
Title: New roles & responsibilities of hospital biomedical engineering
Conference Title: 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)
Abstract: Over the last decade the changing healthcare environment has required hospitals and specifically Biomedical Engineering to critically evaluate, optimize and adapt their operations. The focus is now on new technologies, changes to the environment of care, support requirements and financial constraints. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), an NIH-designated comprehensive cancer center, has been transitioning to an increasing outpatient care environment. This transition is driving an increase in-patient acuity coupled with the need for added urgency of support and response time. New technologies, regulatory requirements and financial constraints have impacted operating budgets and in some cases, resulted in a reduction in staffing. Specific initiatives, such as the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, requirements for an electronic medical record, meaningful use and ICD10 have caused institutions to reevaluate their operations and processes including requiring Biomedical Engineering to manage new technologies, integrations and changes in the electromagnetic environment, while optimizing operational workflow and resource utilization. This paper addresses the new and expanding responsibilities and approach of Biomedical Engineering organizations, specifically at MSKCC. It is suggested that our experience may be a template for other organizations facing similar problems. Increasing support is necessary for Medical Software - Medical Device Data Systems in the evolving wireless environment, including RTLS and RFID. It will be necessary to evaluate the potential impact on the growing electromagnetic environment, on connectivity resulting in the need for dynamic and interactive testing and the growing demand to establish new and needed operational synergies with Information Technology operations and other operational groups within the institution, such as nursing, facilities management, central supply, and the user departments. © 2014 IEEE.
Keywords: biomedical engineering; connectivity; regulatory; equipment management; evolving technology; technology management; mdds; electromagnetic spectrum
Journal Title IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference Proceedings
Conference Dates: 2014 Aug 26-30
Conference Location: Chicago, IL
ISBN: 1557-170X
Publisher: IEEE  
Date Published: 2014-01-01
Start Page: 3488
End Page: 3491
Language: English
DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944374
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 25570742
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Notes: Annu. Int. Conf. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc., EMBC -- Conference code: 109045 -- Export Date: 3 June 2015 -- 26 August 2014 through 30 August 2014 -- Source: Scopus
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