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
- Antonio Hernandez, EE - a consultant on health services technology and infrastructure and a founder and Board member of the Global Health International Advisors (GHIA). He is a collaborator with the WHO and the Clinical Engineering Division of IFMBE. From 2011 to 2018, he served as Chair of the International Committee of ACCE. In 2010, after 29 years of service, he retired as Senior Advisor on Health Services Physical Infrastructure and Technology from PAHO/WHO. From 1975 to 1981, he was the Director of the Hospital Engineering and Maintenance Division of Colombia’s Ministry of Health. He graduated in Electronic Engineering from the Javeriana University, Colombia.
- Robert Hijazi, PhD, MS, MHA, CCE, CBET – a healthcare technology management professional. He has experience working in healthcare facilities as director of biomedical engineering and as a professor. He has traveled to several countries including Lebanon, Syria, Paraguay, Brazil, Guatemala, and Egypt. He was awarded by ACCE the Tom O’Dea Advocacy Award in 2014, and the Professional Achievement in Management Award/Managerial Excellence Award in 2018. He serves on various AAMI committees and also voluntarily works with the National Fire Protection Agency to help develop standards used in NFPA 99 and serves as an HTM expert.
- Julio Huerta, EE, MPH, CHTM - healthcare technology consultant. 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.
- 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.
- Ilir Kullolli, MSc, BSc - He is Director of Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering at Stanford Children's Health. Previously, Ilir worked for Kaiser Permanente Clinical Technology as the Regional Director of Clinical Systems Engineering in Northern California. Ilir also held leadership positions in Biomedical Engineering for Brigham and Women's Hospital (Partners Healthcare) in Boston, MA and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. Before going into Biomedical Engineering, Ilir worked in Information Technology as Technical Consultant and Project Manager for South End Consulting. Ilir holds a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
- 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) – a health technology consultant. He was responsible for quality and regulatory affairs for several medical device manufacturers and service companies in the USA. He is recognized as one of the clinical engineering pioneers in Brazil. Per recommendation by PAHO/WHO, IADB, WB, and other international agencies, he has advised many governments (e.g., China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Sub-Saharan nations, Taiwan, and Vietnam). He has published 3 books and dozens of peer-reviewed 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