Doctor and engineer synergy improves patient health

Alfonso Quiroga, Xavier Escayola, José Luis Martín and Sergio Ruiz in their presentation at the X Global Meeting of Hospital Engineering.

The technological evolution of the last decades has placed professions such as engineers, mathematicians or architects in a new role within the hospital teams of the National Health System (SNS). The “symbiosis” they have achieved with care teams has proven to play a key role in “improve health” of the patient thanks to advances in different fields of knowledge.

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It is one of the main conclusions reached by the debate table on ‘Management of medical technology with an impact on health’ of the X Global Meeting of Hospital Engineering who organizes Medical Writing. The cycle of presentations is sponsored by the Spanish Association of Hospital Engineering (AEIH), the sponsorship of Medical Carbides and the collaboration of Electromedical Business Group (GEE) y Serveo.

Xavier Escayola, head of Bioengineering at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, has explained the role that his specialty has played since 2005 when he began to work transversally with the areas of management, assistance, technology and even supply. “We no longer mount a respirator and leave, but we try to see which one is the most useful, we inform the care staff, we follow up and integrate it so that the information goes to our command center”, he recounted.

The telecommunications expert explained that in addition to maintenance, in the last decade engineers have expanded their work in hospitals to equipment monitoringthe telemedicine, the use of ‘big data’, the surgical Navigation, the robotics and including the virtual reality. “The key to success is to create a multidisciplinary team that combines the world of health and technology,” she added.

Table on the ‘Management of medical technology with an impact on health’ of the X Global Meeting of Hospital Engineering.


The technological revolution of the pandemic

This situation, which was already marked by the development of the last decades, accelerated exponentially with the challenges that it produced. the Covid-19 pandemic in health systems. An experience that the technical director of Information Systems of the Primary Care Management of the Madrid Health Service (Sermas), Sergio Ruizhas qualified as a “transformation” that has come to stay.

The health crisis forced the creation of a new program in Primary Care to unify data that ranged from consultations to discharges from health professionals, administered vaccines, home care or doctors with a risk profile. “We created a new information structure for clinical content that it reach the counselor but also the day-to-day professionals”, he pointed out.

The incorporation of technology has facilitated in this case the dashboard construction that are still used today to coordinate personnel or inspection departments. The next step will be to integrate this type of progress into the challenge of telemedicine and video consultations.

Sergio Ruiz, technical director of Information Systems of the Primary Care Management of the Madrid Health Service (Sermas); José Luis Martín, head of the Radiodiagnosis Service of the San Cecilio Clinical University Hospital (Granada); and Xavier Escayola Elías, head of Bioengineering at the Sant Joan de Deu Hospital in Barcelona.


3D printing to facilitate operations

Another revolutionary technology that has improved patient care is the development of 3d printing, which also requires direct coordination between healthcare and technical profiles. This tool has an impact, for example, on the recreation of anatomical models to prepare surgical interventions. While the first steps have already been taken to implement recreated natural ears.

“It’s a team effort. an almost perfect symbiosis between doctors and engineers that is providing solutions”, he explained in the presentation Jose Luis Martinhead of the Radiodiagnosis Service of the San Cecilio Clinical University Hospital in Granada.

A moment from the table on ‘Management of medical technology with an impact on health’ at the X Global Meeting on Hospital Engineering.

Although it may contain statements, data or notes from health institutions or professionals, the information contained in Medical Writing is edited and prepared by journalists. We recommend the reader that any questions related to health be consulted with a health professional.

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