Introduction to Clinical Engineering,
Edition 1
By Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE and Barbara Christe

Publication Date: 06 Aug 2020

Introduction to Clinical Engineering focuses on the application of engineering practice within the healthcare delivery system, often defined as clinical engineering. Readers will explore the fundamental concepts integral to the support of healthcare technology to advance medical care. The primary mission of clinical engineers is the utilization of medical devices, software, and systems to deliver safe and effective patient care throughout technology’s lifecycle. This unique and interdisciplinary workforce is part of the healthcare team and serves as the intersection between engineering and medicine.

This book is aimed at practitioners, managers, students, and educators to serve as a resource that offers a broad perspective of the applications of engineering principles, regulatory compliance, lifecycle planning, systems thinking, risk analysis, and resource management in healthcare. This book is an invaluable tool for healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals and can serve as a guide for students to explore the profession in depth.

Key Features

  • Offers readers an in-depth look into the support and implementation of existing medical technology used for patient care in a clinical setting
  • Provides insights into the clinical engineering profession, focusing on engineering principles as applied to the US healthcare system
  • Explores healthcare technology, hospital and systems safety, information technology and interoperability with medical devices, clinical facilities management, as well as human resource management
About the author
By Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, McLaren Health Care, Mount Blanc, MI, USA and Barbara Christe, Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY, United States
Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Profession


What is clinical engineering?

Responsibilities and roles

Potential employers and career pathways

Societies and collaboration

Code of ethics

Future opportunities for clinical engineering



Chapter 2 Healthcare Technology Basics

General types of medical technologies utilized in clinical settings

Devices throughout the healthcare system and relationship to patient care

Technology support life cycle



Chapter 3 Healthcare Technology Management

Systems engineering theory as applied to the clinical setting

The human-device interface and human factors

Computerized maintenance management systems

Medical device interoperability

Project management principles, as applied to clinical engineering

Ongoing support planning including service agreements

Vendor contracting and vendor management

Data-driven decisions and data analytic techniques

Financial management of medical technology

Clinician connections including communication and collaboration

Emerging technologies and technology transfer into healthcare settings



Chapter 4 Safety and Systems Safety


Regulations, regulatory bodies, codes, and standards

Medical device incidents

Recall management

Risk management



Chapter 5 Information Technology

The clinical engineering information technology interface

Interoperability and integration of medical device data

Cybersecurity, threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation



Chapter 6 Facilities Management


Electrical power

Plumbing systems and water quality management

Medical gas systems

Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems

Building and renovation project management

Emergency preparedness

Infection prevention



Chapter 7 Human resource Management

Workforce development, job descriptions, and succession planning

Strategic planning, goal development/cascading, and performance evaluations

Change management

Culture of safety

Project management



Appendix: Additional Readings


Book details
ISBN: 9780128181034
Page Count: 280
Retail Price : £78.99

9780123969613; 9780122265709; 9780128119846


Professionals in clinical engineering, biomedical engineering, and healthcare technology management; graduate and upper-division undergraduate students in biomedical engineering courses

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