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Free Webinars Offered by ACCE to its Mutual Collaboration and Assistance Associations

The International Committee (IC) of the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) is happy to announce the offer of free webinars to foreign associations with which ACCE has established mutual collaboration and assistance agreements. Please find below a list of sampler webinar topics and summary descriptions. Suggestions of additional topics are also welcome.

Collaborating associations should contact ACCE IC chair  or ACCE secretariat​ to coordinate these free webinars. Associations interested in establishing mutual collaboration and assistance agreements are also welcome to contact the persons above.
SpeakerTopic/TitleBrief Description
Binseng WangAmerican CE Myths, Legends and FactsNumerous misconceptions and myths have accumulated in the last 4-5 decades in the USA in clinical engineering (CE), also known as health technology management (HTM), in the inevitable process of becoming a mature profession.  While some of them are not serious, others may cause harm to patients or, at least, waste precious limited resources, which is ill affordable by the healthcare industry due to the ever-rising costs, especially in developing and low-resource countries.  This presentation provides some of the myths, legends and facts compiled by the speaker to challenge the conventional wisdom and uncover the truth.
Avinash KonkaniBiomedical Engineering Studies in the USThis presentation will provide basic information about studying Biomedical Engineering in an US University as an international student based on the speaker’s experience after completing his Master’s and PhD studies. In addition to the wide range of biomedical engineering schools and specialties, subjects to be covered includes the admission process, campus life, on campus work opportunities, and life after graduation. Reference information for additional details will also be provided.
Binseng WangCE BenchmarkingThis presentation provides the fundamental concepts and tools needed by Clinical Engineering (CE), also known as Health Technology Management (HTM), managers to properly compare their services against their peers.  After a critical review of various benchmarks available for operational and financial benchmarking, proper ways to use them to evaluate performance and seek improvements opportunities will be demonstrated, enabling CE/HTM managers to secure recognition and support from their senior leaders, as well as defend their departments against consultants who are often not familiar with the proper benchmarks for this service.
Binseng WangCE Financial ManagementThis presentation provides the fundamental concepts and tools needed by Clinical Engineering (CE), also known as Health Technology Management (HTM), managers to properly manage their financial resources, so they can meet the expectations of their senior leaders.  After introducing basic accounting concepts and tools using a case study based on real data, different methods for financing the CE/HTM department are explored.  Next, opportunities for improving financial performance are explained through analyses of budget, costs and productivity.
Binseng WangClinical Engineering – An Overview and Future PerspectivesClinical Engineering (CE) is a specialty within Biomedical Engineering (BME) that supports and advances patient care by applying engineering methods and management tools to health technologies.  Megatrends like manufacturer consolidation, healthcare decentralization and accelerated technology advance are imposing heavy burden on clinical engineers.  These challenges are even greater in in less developed areas where resources and expertise are lacking.  An even greater challenge on the horizon is the rapid advance of bioengineering that will soon allow the production of biological replacement tissues and organs, and genetic engineering.  Young clinical engineers will have to learn these new technologies as these become routine clinical practice within their professional career lifespan.
Lou SchonderClinical Equipment Support: Laboratory- The Biomed WorkshopUnderstand the basic attributes of designing a biomed workshop. Although similar in many ways to workshops for the repair and preventative maintenance of many types of devices, clinical equipment support also entails specialized equipment and needs. Workspaces may require specific utilities, such as oxygen, water, or drainage. Infrequently used tools and test equipment can possibly be shared between hospitals to reduce costs. Spare parts and device consumables need space and an inventory management system. Learn what is needed to either design a new biomed shop, or how to improve upon your existing shop to best fulfill clinical equipment requirements and assure patient safety.
Binseng WangEvidence-Based MaintenanceInstead of blindly following manufacturers’ maintenance recommendations, Clinical Engineering (CE), also known as Health Technology Management (HTM), professionals can use a method similar to Evidence-Based Medicine to keep medical equipment safe and reliable while using judiciously their limited resources.  Evidence-Based Maintenance (EBM) analyzes the causes of equipment failures and uses these results to continually improve maintenance.  EBM allows comparison of different maintenance strategies and provides concrete evidence to prove the safety and effectiveness of the maintenance strategy adopted.
Lou SchonderFinding and Utilizing Clinical Equipment Support InformationThis presentation will assist in developing skills to locate information and support via the Internet for solutions pertaining to clinical engineering management, and clinical equipment repair and preventative maintenance.  There are countless methods and sources for support, yet the vast amount of information available can often make it difficult to find particular solutions for particular needs.  By attaining a basic understanding of available resources and their capabilities, targeting appropriate solutions can often be accomplished quickly and easily, which can lead to more clinical equipment being available for safe, effective patient care, and more valuable time for your equipment support staff to solve other challenges.
Julio HuertaFundamentals of CE ProgramsThe purpose of this presentation is to define the fundamental components of most CE programs and explore the role each one plays in the performance of the typical functions assigned to them. Each component is a tool that helps CE programs obtain the desired results but, just like any tool, the quality of the results will depend on the skills and ability of the users to apply them. Additionally, each CE department must adapt the fundamental components to their realities and, since no two departments have the same reality, detailed instructions are well intentioned but ineffective and impractical. The value of having a checklist of components is to ensure that no area is overlooked or missing because it will create a fundamental flaw in the CE program. It doesn’t mean that the CE program can not function, but the quantity and quality of the output will be limited and it will fail to meet expectations.
Jonathan GaevIntroduction to Project ManagementClinical Engineering/Health Technology Management departments often take on special projects in addition to their regular equipment management and maintenance activities, such as connecting medical equipment to electronic health records and protecting equipment and network against cyber-attacks.  This presentation will provide a simple yet effective methodology to develop a plan that ensures the project’s implementation will run smoothly and for the minimum cost.
Avinash KonkaniMedical Equipment Planning - An Overview of the processThis presentation will provide an overview of Medical Equipment Planning process. It will discuss about different stakeholders involved, the role played by the clinical engineer (project lead) and other members of CE department in planning and executing the medical equipment planning process for new construction projects as well as renovation projects.
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