Clinical Engineering Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to:
- Lead healthcare technology implementation and improvement by working with clinicians and administrators to:
- Identify technology needs and gaps
- Assess existing technologies
- Plan, negotiate and acquire medical equipment using life-cycle cost analysis techniques
- Manage installations and integration of new systems
- Perform clinical staff assessment and training
- Ensure all safety standards and regulatory compliance are met
- Manage the technology during its useful life
- Plan and prioritize eventual replacement
- Investigate technology related incidents and accidents, coordinate with medical staff, risk managers, and manufacturers to identify high risk technologies, investigate root causes of incidents, remediate technical and procedural deficiencies using failure modes and effects analysis, identify process improvements to advance patient safety, and file reports with management, regulators, and other stakeholders.
- Evaluate and specify utility systems which connect to medical equipment, such as electrical power, medical gases, ventilation systems and illumination methods. Evaluate and measure environmental risks which are found in the healthcare setting such as electromagnetic interference, radiation safety, electrical safety in the patient environment, fire protection, indoor air quality and disaster planning.
- Design, analyze, and implement methods to interconnect medical devices to the hospital’s computer network to transfer patient data to the electronic medical record. Understanding medical device security, patient information security, the role of middleware and clinical information systems.
Additionally, each student will be prepared for certification in Clinical Engineering by the American College of Clinical Engineering.