Clinical Engineering Fills Gap

Between Technology & Clinical Disciplines

By Beth Walsh

With technology rapidly impacting healthcare, those who can bridge understanding between the clinical and IT sides are in big demand.

Clinical engineers (CEs) are in a unique position to fill the chasm between the two disciplines. “Clinical engineering is a merger of those two professions,” says Paul Sherman, CCE, president-elect of the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE). “We’ve often been that human interface between technical and clinical people.”

The CE field has undergone a lot of change over the past 20 years, according to Tom Judd, national project director of clinical technology for Kaiser Permanente and a founding member of ACCE. With all the data and historical information coming into play, CEs are tasked with lifecycle management of medical devices and they can help redefine clinical workflow.

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Published February 25, 2014 in Clinical Innovation + Technology.