Patient safety

Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) and Clinical Engineering Workshop

Ministry of Social Protection, PAHO/WHO, ACCE

11–15 July 2005

General information


Colombia has a “noteworthy” history of HTM as pointed out by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Health in the Americas 2002 report. The American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and PAHO/WHO have instituted a series of Workshops worldwide since 1991. This is the first Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) and Clinical Engineering Workshop to be held in Colombia. Colombia desires to bring this Workshop to strengthen its health system with several key stakeholders in its General System of Social Security (SGSSS).


Contribute to the development and strengthening institutional capacity (capacity building) in the Ministry of Health, SGSSS and other organizations to arrange for the management of technology of the health services and guarantee an adequate technical support service to the physical infrastructure and the equipment of the healthcare facilities.


To present the following key healthcare technology management (HTM) topics, providing relevant global best practices, to improve:

  • HTM infrastructure through appropriate healthcare technology policy
  • How regulatory programs for medical devices can assist implementation of HTM programs
  • Healthcare technology planning
  • Healthcare technology assessment
  • Healthcare technology related quality, risk, and safety
  • Healthcare technical services (HCTS) – clinical engineering capabilities at national, regional or local level
  • Use of Telemedicine, Teleradiology, Telehealth and their impact on health services delivery
  • Impact of academic programs for HTM
  • Management of medical device technical service contracts
  • Latin America’s experience in the implementation of HTM programs (focus on Mexico and Colombia)


The seminar will include readings, teamwork, and forums for discussion. Five case studies will be presented: (to be selected by module leaders using feedback from the Healthcare Technology Management Survey), e.g.,

  • Healthcare technology policy
  • Medical device planning and acquisition methods
  • Healthcare technical services and management of service contracts
  • Patient safety and equipment incident investigation
  • Current healthcare technology and management issues, e.g., Telemedicine (appropriate for Colombia)


  • TEAM LEADER: Tobey Clark, Director, Instrumentation & Technical Services, Faculty, Biomedical Engineering, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont USA
  • Yadin David, PhD, Director of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Tom Judd, Director Quality, Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta, Georgia USA, WHO Consultant
  • Petr Kresta, Technical Director, Diagnostic Imaging Program, Regional Director, Clinical Engineering Program, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Canada
  • Frank Painter, Director, Technology Management Solutions LLC, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Trumbull, Connecticut, USA
  • Kok-Swang Tan, PhD, Medical Devices Bureau, Therapeutic Products Directorate, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Adriana Velazquez, Director, Center for Excellence in Technology in Healthcare, Ministry of Health, Mexico
  • Claudia Cárdenas, Clinical Engineering Professor, Universidad Iberoamericana, México
  • Antonio Hernandez, Regional Advisor, Health Services Engineering and Maintenance, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization (WHO), Washington, DC, USA

Meeting agenda