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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter (Sep 2019)

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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter (Aug 2019)

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A Proclaimation | Global Clinical Engineering Day


Whereas, as healthcare technology advances, and dependence of provisioning of health care based on such technology rises, innovation, manufacturing and deployment programs must keep pace with such a development by recruiting quality, well-trained professionals capable of understanding the complexity of healthcare equipment, systems operation and applications; and

Whereas, the complexity of healthcare technology today and in the future, makes it essential that those individuals responsible for the safe use, integration and accuracy of these devices and systems are recognized as inestimable resource to the healthcare delivery industry; and

Whereas, clinical, biomedical and other engineers, biomedical equipment technicians and other healthcare technology professionals uniquely serve the needs of medical community, patients and institutions are involved with new technology development to further improve the quality of and access to today’s healthcare; and

Whereas, these professionals research, recommend, install, inspect, integrate, create and comply with standards, and repair medical devices and other complex medical systems throughout its life cycle as well as advise and train others about safe, appropriate and effective use of medical devices, thereby improving quality of health care, controlling healthcare costs and improving patient safety; and

Whereas, outstanding clinical engineers are recognized with awards bestowed on this day https://ced.ifmbe.org/projects/ce-htm-internal-recognition.html; and

Whereas, the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) is a unique federation of national and transnational organizations with more than 120,000 members united by a common goal to increase the understanding and beneficial use of healthcare technologies, and seeks to advance the interests of clinical engineers and other engineering professionals; now

Therefore, the IFMBE hereby proclaims October 21st, as Global Clinical Engineering Day.

In memoriam Niilo Saranummi

In Memoriam
Professor Niilo Saranummi

Niilo Saranummi was a distinguished engineer and remarkable scientist who left a deep impact in the field of biomedical engineering and health informatics worldwide: in his home country, Finland, in Europe as one of the founders of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Sciences (EAMBES), globally as the President of International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) and later also the President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM), as well as a leader, editor and active member within the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE EMBS) and HL7.

Niilo was a member of several scientific and professional academies, IAMBE, AIMBE, IEEE, EAMBES, HL7 and FACTE. For his contributions to biomedical engineering research and his achievements, Niilo was awarded the Otto Schmitt Award. His research interests include personal health systems and eHealth, and innovation, technology transfer and technology policy setting in health technologies. He was committed to the introduction of a complete digital healthcare firstly in his homeland and then to use the experience as an example for others. In the months to follow, members of the biomedical engineering community will commemorate Niilo and refresh memories of common moments, endeavors, achievements, pleasant experiences.

Besides of being a great scientist, educator and organizer, a worker and visionary with humility, Niilo was a supporter, adviser and friend to generations of biomedical engineers. The biomedical engineering community will keep Niilo in eternal memory.

WHO Medical Devices Newsletter (May 2019)

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WHO Medical Devices Newsletter (April 2019)

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WHO Health Tech Announcements

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Apply for 2019 ACCE Scholarship

Apply for 2019 ACCE Scholarship

The American College of Clinical Engineering will award one scholarship to a student studying to become a Clinical Engineer.

The scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded at the 2019 ACCE members meeting/awards reception in June 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Deadline for applications is February 10, 2019.

Requirements and Criteria:

  • ACCE membership is NOT required to submit a scholarship application.
  • Applicants must be current, full-time, third-year or above undergraduate college students, or recent college graduates who have been accepted to a graduate program seeking a career in Clinical Engineering/Biomedical Engineering/Health Systems Engineering profession at an accredited college or university.

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AAMI Awards Now Open

AAMI Opens Nominations for Annual Awards


Who are your outstanding peers in healthcare technology? Now’s the time to give them a chance to stand in the limelight.

Each year, AAMI recognizes leaders and innovators who are moving the healthcare technology industry forward. AAMI needs your help!

Until Jan. 7, 2019, you can nominate yourself or other leaders in the industry for an AAMI award.

Award winners will receive monetary prizes and a plaque commemorating their achievements. Winners will also be recognized in a celebration at the 2019 AAMI Exchange, the name for the reimagined AAMI annual conference, in Cleveland, OH, next June.

“Professionals in healthcare technology have many different job titles and come from a variety of backgrounds, but all work to advance the safety and effectiveness of the field. Through our AAMI and AAMI Foundation awards program, we recognize those ‘healthcare technology heroes’ who are innovating, volunteering, and leading the way,” said MaryJane Thomas, director of membership development at AAMI. “We encourage you to nominate all who are working to advance the profession.”

There are several types of awards:

AAMI Awards recognize achievement in patient safety and healthcare technology management leadership

AAMI Foundation Awards recognize an individual or group for a unique or significant contribution to the advancement of healthcare technology and systems, service, patient care, or patient safety; humanitarian efforts to improve global human conditions with healthcare technology; or applied clinical engineering practices or principles to solve patient care problems or challenges.

Standards Awards honor major contribution(s) to the development or revision of a standard and to a technical committee.

For more information about the AAMI Awards program or to submit a nomination, visit www.aami.org/awards.

4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices

WHO cordially invites you to The 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices “Increasing access to medical devices” which will be held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th, December 2018.

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