AAMI News December 2017

International Congress Builds Global CE–HTM Community

Brad Schoener, vice president of innovation at AAMI, traveled to São Paulo, Brazil in September for the second International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress (II ICEHTMC) hosted by the Clinical Engineering Division (CED) of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE).

BrazilThe global clinical engineering and healthcare technology management (CE–HTM) community got a jolt of energy during the II ICEHTMC as approximately 400 attendees from more than 30 countries, including IFMBE Vice President Shankar Krishnan, gathered for 2.5 days of sharing best practices.

The event, which was hosted by Hospital Sírio-Libanês, included presentations, workshops, and a very impressive medical device expo. The event also featured a presentation by Adriana Velazquez Berumen from the World Health Organization (WHO), who discussed the role of HTM in universal health coverage.

The Congress was preceded by a one-day Latin America and Caribbean (LA&C) Regional CE–HTM Summit. This globally unprecedented event was attended by approximately 100 representatives from Brazil’s Ministry of Health and other regulatory bodies, the Pan American Health Organization/WHO, hospitals, and industry. It also attracted faculty from 12 LA&C countries.

During the Congress, AAMI recognized the value of CED in supporting the global development of clinical engineering. CED now works with more than 100 countries to help improve global healthcare delivery through the advancement of safe and effective innovation, management, and deployment of healthcare technology. It was my honor to recognize Ernesto Iadanza, IFMBE/CED chair, with a special AAMI award.

Following the Congress, 60 leaders from 27 countries participated in the second Global CE Summit, which affirmed the priorities developed during the first summit in 2015, including increasing the recognition and influence of the field and addressing education and training challenges around the world. Because of this focus, CED already has seen an increase in CE–HTM units at the Ministry of Health level in several countries, as well as the founding of new national societies, the development of new books and other resources, and the completion of a body of knowledge/body of practice survey.

The success of these events has provided great momentum for CED’s participation in the World Congress on Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering in Prague, Czech Republic, June 3–8, as well as the third ICEHTMC in Rome, Italy in October 2019.