The EBME seminar is an independent educational event bringing together healthcare professionals that are responsible for the management of medical equipment. EBME chairman Dr John Sandham, CEng, FIHEEM, MIET, discusses what to expect.
These medical equipment healthcare professionals are involved in areas such as procurement, maintenance, user training, and managing inventories. This year’s event is taking place on 26th April at the Milton Keynes DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Here, EBME chairman Dr John Sandham, CEng, FIHEEM, MIET, discusses what to expect.
The overall outcome of good healthcare technology management is to make training, maintenance and governance achievable, thereby reducing risk and costs for an organisation. Achieving professional management of technology requires a structured approach with the right skills and tools to deliver the required healthcare services and outcomes.
Hospitals face fundamental questions of patient safety, care, and budgetary issues for replacing technology. Hospitals must professionally manage their healthcare technology - which includes the equipment, consumables, user training, maintenance and regulatory compliance. Evidence shows that there is an increasing issue that healthcare technology is not being properly managed or replaced because of lack of funding, and a lack of professionals to actually manage the technology. In many NHS organisations, more than 40% of equipment is already past its recommended life – and the situation is getting worse.
The NHS is struggling to fund replacement of healthcare technology. This is an issue recognised by all NHS providers. From my research, it is clear that hospitals are ‘making do’ with old technology and this is impacting on patient care and unplanned costs. It is a mistake to think that technology should continue to be repaired and not replaced for as long as possible – i.e. ‘sweating the assets’. This approach results in nurses, doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals using technology that is out of date and can slow the patient throughput down, and impact on patient outcomes.
There is an increasing political recognition of the benefits that professional healthcare technology management can deliver, covering areas such as procurement, training, maintenance, and governance.
At this year’s seminar we have the privilege of welcoming the authors of the book ‘Healthcare Technology Management – A systematic approach’ who will be sharing some of their knowledge concerning standards and regulations; the clinical engineering departments role in the organisation; and medical equipment for patient care - ensuring its safety and efficacy.
We have other interesting topics covering - a new way to monitor and improve outcomes for atrial fibrillation, the conducting heart, and lithotripter first principles.
Every year we have a lively debate which this year will be: Should EBME technicians get manufacturers’ training as well as generic training?
The overall aim of the seminar is to impart best practice for healthcare technology management (HTM) especially with regard to raising awareness of how improved management of healthcare technology can lead to improved NHS productivity and lower healthcare costs. Ultimately, it is hoped that the knowledge shared will lead to advances in best practice, enhancing patient safety and helping hospitals to meet their budgets. Each attending delegate will receive a certificate for their continuing professional development (CPD) record.
Following positive feedback from previous events, the EBME seminar will once again be held at the Milton Keynes DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. This venue allows plenty of room for both delegates and exhibitors; it is easily accessible by train or car and has 1,800 free car parking spaces available. Situated in Milton Keynes, within easy access of the Milton Keynes mainline train station and the M1, the venue is integrated into the West stand of the 22,000 seater MK Dons football stadium.
To register online, please visit http://www.ebmeseminar.com/delegate-registration
Delegates attending the event will be eligible for a prize draw give-away.
Every year at the end of the seminar we give away some great prizes.
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