The Technical Services Partnership is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Health Technology Management (HTM). We have been engaged in weekly virtual meetings with health technology leaders at the central office in Geneva, Switzerland and also from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC which serves the Western Hemisphere. The focus of the COVID-19 meetings and our interaction has been on the following topics:
Ventilator specifications for global use at two levels: full featured ICU ventilators and those used for mass casualty.
Review and decision matrix development in the area of innovation and production of low cost ventilators including the innovative ventilator contribution from UVM:
Use of anesthesia ventilators for ICU use
Use of one ventilator to serve multiple patients
Providing background and sources/specifications for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) systems
Reviewing WHO recommendations for COVID-19 Priority Medical Devices
Providing input on related technology management requirements for accessories, consumables, maintenance, and technical training
Creating a global list of sources of ventilator test devices and oxygen analyzers
Providing resource links related to health technology and COVID-19
The collaborating center is a regular contributor to the International Federation of Medical & Biological Engineering – Clinical Engineering Division to support the international members especially in the low and middle income countries. At the recent COVID-19 webinar, there were more than 7,000 attending.