The WHO Collaborating Center for Health Technology Management at the Technical Services Partnership at the University of Vermont was invited to participate in PAHO 11th Annual Meeting of the Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas on November 12-13 in San José, Costa Rica. Over 500 attended the event with opening speeches by Dr. Daniel Salas Peraza, Minister of Health and Dr. Román Macaya Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social – CCSS, the health system covering 90% of the population of Costa Rica. Presentations by the collaborating center were made on Key Points to Effectively Implement the Incorporation of Technologies into Health Systems and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Applied to Medical Devices: Network Integration & Cybersecurity. The collaborating center was also invited to attend a members-only meeting on November 14 of the PAHO RedETSA network of 34 nations for the interchange of HT assessment.
At the International Clinical Engineering & Health Technology Management Congress (ICEHTMC) in Rome, Italy over the period October 21-22, the collaborating center received the IFMBE CED Clinical Engineering Teamwork Award. Rossana Rivas, Senior Adviser, was invited as the leader of the Latin America & Caribbean, CE – HTM Summit and had two poster sessions. Tobey Clark, Co-director, participated in a panel discussion on health technology policy with directors from five other WHO collaborating centers, chaired a session on HTM, and had two additional poster sessions.
The 4th Global Clinical Engineering Annual Congress held on October 12-13 in Nanjing, China was led by Dr. Yadin David with notable participation by Adriana Velazquez, World Health Organization, Senior Adviser, Medical Devices, and Ilir Kullolli, American College of Clinical Engineering President. Tobey Clark was also on the faculty representing the collaborating center.
Kenichia Charles from St. Vincent & the Grenadines is currently participating in a three-month HTM internship with the collaborating center. Kenichia recently graduated from the Biomedical Engineering Technology program at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. Two students from UWI will be coming for internships in January 2020 along with a student from EIA in Medellin, Colombia.