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The Dividends of an Effective Clinical Technology Management Program

Greenwood, Kim MASc, PEng; Janvier, Marie-Ange PhD; Zhang, Y. Rachel BASc; Heggie, Gaëtanne MASc, BASc; Yazdanpanah, Marjan MASc

doi: 10.1097/JCE.0000000000000010
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The growth of clinical engineering (CE) departments in the last 20 years has stalled within healthcare facilities despite the fact that the inventory of medical devices within all facilities has grown substantially during this interval. In many organizations, CE’s role is only to maintain the organization’s clinical equipment. The developmental strategy used by CE at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario has reversed this trend at this facility. This was accomplished by taking on the role of the health technology manager for the institution. Clinical engineering has, since 2001, coordinated the long-range planning function for capital equipment at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Since taking on this role, CE has also been assigned the management of annual corporate capital equipment procurement process and coordination of the ongoing implementation of new clinical equipment.

The growth of clinical engineering (CE) departments in the last 20 years has stalled within healthcare facilities despite the fact that the inventory of medical devices within all facilities has grown substantially during this interval. In many organizations, CE’s role is only to maintain the organization’s clinical equipment.

From Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Corresponding author: Kim Greenwood, MASc, PEng, Clinical Engineering Department, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, 401, Smyth Rd, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1H 8L1 ( greenwood@cheo.on.ca).

Kim Greenwood, MASc, PEng, is the director of the Clinical Engineering Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Marie-Ange Janvier, PhD, is with the Clinical Engineering Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Canada.

Y. Rachel Zhang, BASc, is with the Clinical Engineering Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Canada.

Gaëtanne Heggie, MASc, BASc, is with the Clinical Engineering Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Canada.

Marjan Yazdanpanah, MASc, is with Groupe Vega CBI, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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