In recent years, health care organizations have begun to rely heavily on medical technology in order to achieve and maintain the high standards required of today's health care providers. Hospitals spend millions of dollars annually to equip, replace and maintain their medical technology, and in many cases, this is done but not in an effective way. In addition, developing countries in general, must rely on developed countries to provide most, if not all, the needed technology. This results in attempting to manage technology for equipment that is expensive, difficult to support and may not be easy to use, within a diverse environment.
In this workshop, a review of medical technology status and problems facing clinical engineering departments and hospitals ,which have resulted in view of recent budget cuts and economic constraints, will be discussed and followed with feedback from attendees. Among the topics that will be discussed will be technology planning, acquisition, technical services strategies, service contract management, health technology assessment, the role in hospital planning to commissioning and quality and safety beyond accreditation. Examples of gaps found during hospital surveys and best practices will also be reviewed as seen in hospitals which have been surveyed in many countries worldwide.
1. To provide an overview of how to expand the role of Clinical Engineering services in Saudi Arabia from the practical point view.
2. How to contribute significantly for quality, safety and cost effectiveness and keeping up with trends.
3. Nontraditional services will be discussed and to share experiences amongst workshop attendees to expand the roles of BME departments.