Background on Courses


Medical devices and systems have rapidly expanded in healthcare. This has resulted in longer life spans, a better quality of life, and cure and control of disease. Concurrent with this expansion has been an increase in healthcare costs and safety concerns. In most cases, the effects of the new technologies have benefited patients, but many problems - some severe - have occurred.

There exists a need to manage technology to improve cost-effectiveness, patient safety, and allow for the availability of reliable, high quality equipment for patient care. Healthcare technology management (HTM) is a “cradle-to-grave” approach to help manage technology from the point of new technology introduction into the healthcare marketplace to the last stage where the device is retired. At the healthcare facility level, there is a need for staff to act on application, operational, service, and safety issues. This not only enhances the quality, but greatly reduces the life cycle cost of technology.

The outcomes of technology management and these courses will include:

● A better understanding of the principles, operation, and common problems/solutions related to patient care equipment technologies

● Hospital-based staff will recognize safety problems before they adversely affect patients,

● Service by hospital-based staff will reduce equipment downtime,

● Staff will better be able to communicate with others involved with medical devices thus improving the system of patient care,

● Clinicians will be better educated as to safety and application issues,

● Hospital staff will better be able to communicate with manufacturers and their representatives improving the availability of medical equipment and reducing costs, and

● Patient care will be improved while better utilizing healthcare dollars for areas of need - medications, staffing, facilities, etc.

● More effective technology planning and life cycle management

Development of the course

Thesecourses are a result of funding by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation from a fund created through the generosity of the people of Taiwan. As key part of the project, the course has been translated into Spanish for use in Latin America. The course is now offered at universities in Colombia and Peru.

The course is a collaborative effort of the:

  • University of Vermont (Burlington, USA)
  • Universidad CES (Medellin, Colombia)
  • Pontifica Universidad Católica de Peru - PUCP (Lima, Peru)


The course has been translated into Spanish is offered at UTN, CES and PUCP.

To understand the importance of this type of course worldwide, play the video below to hear from the instructor and collaborators Rossana Rivas and Luis Vilcahuaman of PUCP and Juan Valencia of CES.



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