Welcome to the webpage of the ACCE International Committee!
The International Committee is the focal point for ACCE activities aimed at promoting safe and effective application of science and technology in patient care and advancing the profession of clinical engineering worldwide as summarized below.
- Vision: Improve health care worldwide through proper management and maintenance of health technology.
- Mission: Advance the Clinical Engineering (CE) profession worldwide through collaboration with and assistance to CE organizations and professionals.
- Help to educate and secure recognition and support from health authorities, administrators and clinical colleagues.
- Help to strengthen CE organizations and professionals.
- Contribute to worldwide public education on the importance of proper management and maintenance of health technology for better patient care and safety.
- Share knowledge and experience that meet local needs and desire.
- Strengthen collaboration with national and international organizations that have a similar vision, mission and goals.
International Committee Activities
To fulfill its mission and attain the goals above, IC will carry out the following activities:
- Cooperation with national and international organizations with common and converging vision, mission and goals.
- Collaboration and support of CE associations in foreign countries considering the unique needs, desires and resource limitations of each country.
- Transfer of knowledge and experience through presentations, educational programs, and technical consultations.
- Advocacy of the profession to national and international health authorities.
Composition of the IC
The IC is composed of two types of members:
- Voting members: Up to 10 (ten) ACCE members led by a Chair appointed by the President;
- Non-voting members: guests invited by IC for one of the following reasons: (a) have unique expertise, (b) to represent international organizations or foreign associations with which ACCE has signed a collaboration agreement, or (c) to represent organizations interested in supporting IC activities.
Current Voting Members
- Julio Huerta, EE, MPH, CHTM - a Sr. Director of Business Operations, JLL Healthcare Solutions, Medical Equipment and Transition Planning. Over 30 years of experience leading clinical engineering operations in the USA. He initiated his Biomedical Engineering training at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (UNT), Tucumán, Argentina, under the leadership of Dr. Máximo Valentinuzzi. During his tenure as ACCE Treasurer, he championed the idea of increasing ACCE’s membership by attracting international professionals with a membership fee structure that considered the purchasing power parity of each country. He has a master degree from the University of North Carolina and is a certified healthcare technology manager.
- Jennifer Jackson, MBA, BSBE, CCE - Director for Connectivity at Masimo Corporation. Previously she served in many leadership positions at prominent academic medical centers in the United States and abroad, professional organizations, as well as in medical device industry. She is certified as a Clinical Engineer and earned a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University and a Master's in Business Administration from Babson College. She is the previous chair of the Medical Device and Patient Safety Task Force of the HEalth Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is a past president of ACCE.
- Salim Kai, MS, BS, CBET - a Senior Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he leads the Biomedical Engineering department including strategic and operational leadership, selection and procurement of biomedical equipment and services, workslow process improvement and medical device cybersecurity. He has over 30 years of hospital enterprise experience with expertise in medical device investigation, healthcare risk management, and patient safety. Salim is an ABET program evaluator in Engineering Technology, holds a Master's degree in Patient Safety Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Bachelors of Science in Physics from Eastern Michigan University.
- Avinash Konkani, PhD, MS, BE – a healthcare technology management professional educated in Biomedical, Human Factors and Systems Engineering and more than twelve years of experience in academia and healthcare facilities. He has worked as a clinical engineer in India and currently is a senior clinical engineer in the USA. He is actively involved with ACCE and AAMI, serving on different committees addressing the challenges faced by the HTM community. He is certified ABET Program Evaluator for Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission. He has published several peer-reviewed articles and he is a reviewer for several scientific journals. He obtained a doctoral degree in systems engineering from Oakland University, Rochester, MI.
- Louis W. Schonder, CBET - Director of earthMed, an NGO assisting with medical education in developing countries, that he founded after receiving the 2007 AAMI Foundation/ACCE Robert L. Morris Humanitarian Award. For 12 years prior, he served as a volunteer biomed with Project Open Hearts. In 2018, he retired from ECRI Institute after 9 years of medical equipment planning and consulting. He was a testing technician at CITECH/ECRI from 1991. He has been a leader of PAMIA since 1991, serving as President 1993-94. Graduating from electronics trade school, he worked as biomed equipment technician, and became a Certified Biomedical Electronics Technician in 1986.
- Kevin Taylor, BScEng, MScEng, PEng - a health technology management professional with health system experience as a Biomedical Engineer, a Science Administrator (Senior Lab Manager), a director responsible for a government health system change projects and an Executive Director of Corporate and Support Service for a public health system. He has worked and lived in The Gambia and has consulted in India, Belize, Kosovo and many other countries with ORBIS International. He earned a master degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territory in Canada.
- Binseng Wang, ScD, CCE (IC Chair) – Vice President, Program Management, with Sodexo Clinical Technoloy Management (CTM). Previously, he was responsible for quality and regulatory affairs for several medical device manufacturers and service companies in the USA. He started his career in Brazil. He has advised many governments (e.g., China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Sub-Saharan nations, Taiwan, and Vietnam) per request of PAHO/WHO, IADB, WB and other international agencies. He has published 4 books and dozens of articles. He was inducted into the CE Hall of Fame by ACCE. He earned a doctoral degree from MIT and is a certified clinical engineer.
If you are interested in contributing to IC activities or want to inquire about a potential collaboration with ACCE, please send an email to International.Chair@accenet.org