We can all agree with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2007 Resolution on Health Technologies:
“Recognizing that health technologies1 (whose main component is medical devices) equip health-care providers with tools that are indispensable for effective and efficient prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation and attainment of internationally agreed health-related development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration.”
Further, WHO has noted2 it is critical that “trained and qualified biomedical engineering professionals are required to design, evaluate, regulate, maintain and manage medical devices, and train on their safe use in health systems around the world.” And that “this area is often referred to as clinical engineering (CE)3 or health-care technology management (HTM).” In 2017-2018, WHO conducted surveys of CE-HTM professionals5, and found over 800,000 practitioners reported globally.6
In summary: “Health technologies (and medical devices) must be managed to ensure full clinical benefit and expected financial return on investment6.” A 2018 study - with links provided – shows 400 case studies from 125 countries where management of medical devices made a positive difference over the past twelve years.6 This CE Success Story project has been developed by the global CE Society/Federation, called IFMBE7 Clinical Engineering Division (CED).8 IFMBE CED also began celebrating Global CE Day (GCED) on October 21, 2015, that has become an annual event around the world focus recognition on the many contributions CEs make every day. In 2016, GCED held programs in 20 countries and had 70,000 Social Media hits; in 2018, GCED expanded to events in over 40 countries and had nearly 320,000 Social Media touches! Including streaming video, See
for videos and other materials from these events.
In 2019, IFMBE CED – in coordination with WHO2 – plans to partner with our global healthcare colleagues to take the collection of these evidence-based CE Success Stories to Ministry of Health leaders in 175 countries. The Success Story case studies have six categories – including Access, Innovation, Health Systems, Management, e-Technology and Quality & Safety - and together demonstrate potential solutions to many healthcare challenges around the world.
1The application of organized knowledge and skills in the form of (medical) devices, medicines, vaccines, procedures and systems developed to solve a health problem and improve quality of life.
6IFMBE Clinical Engineering Division (CED) Global CE Success Stories, Global Clinical Engineering Journal, Issue 1, Vol. 1, 2018,
7IFMBE = International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering; 8IFMBE Clinical Engineering Division
International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress
Call for abstracts (deadline now 3rd of June 2019)
The third event of the International Clinical Engineering and Health Technology Management Congress is a great opportunity to bring together global experts, biomedical and clinical engineers, academics, politicians and decision makers, representatives of the medtech industry and all those involved with the wide variety of health technologies that are shaping the way healthcare is being delivered today and in the future.
The congress, organized by the Clinical Engineering Division of IFMBE (
) with the local support of the Italian Clinical Engineers Association AIIC, will cover a wide spectrum of topics, from clinical risk management to health technology assessment, from ICT and medical informatics to international standards and regulations, from maintenance and health operations to the development of innovative devices, and many others.
The overall goal of the event is to drive an open discussion to share experiences and best practices on the global impact that health technologies have on healthcare quality and effectiveness in different settings; we’re building an exciting program with worldwide experts and key opinion leaders, and we’re looking forward to great contributions from everyone as posted in the call for abstracts and student competition.