FEATURE ARTICLESCapacity Building for Medical Equipment Technicians Improves HealthcareWhittle, Chelsea MSc; Malkin, Robert PhD, PE Author Information Robert Malkin, PhD, PE, Duke University, 136 Hudson, #90281, Durham, NC 27708 ( [email protected]). Robert Malkin, PhD, PE, is the director of the Developing World Healthcare Laboratory (DHTLab) at Duke University, where he is a professor of the practice of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health. Dr Malkin is an Expert Advisor to the World Health Organization on Health Technology and serves on the Innovation in Health Technology and Medical Equipment Donation subcommittees of the World Health Organization. Dr Malkin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He can be reached at [email protected] Chelsea Whittle, MSc, is a program coordinator in Robert Malkin’s Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory and is a graduate of the Masters of Science in Global Health program at the Duke University Global Health Institute. The source of funding is The GE Foundation. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Journal of Clinical Engineering 39(3):p 142-147, July/September 2014. | DOI: 10.1097/JCE.0000000000000047 Buy Metrics Abstract A midprogram assessment was conducted to determine if a continuing education program to instruct biomedical engineers in equipment repair and management is impacting healthcare in Honduras. A matched cohort study was conducted with 12 hospitals. Collected information included source, age, and functionality of the equipment in up to 5 departments. Hospital directors and technicians were also interviewed. Hospitals with technicians in the program have significantly less out-of-service equipment (30%, P = .035) and are more often successful at repairing equipment taught in equipment-specific modules (P = .022). The greatest obstacle to repair was the lack of parts and accessories for all the surveyed hospitals. © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.