The Technical Services Partnership (TSP) at the University of Vermont (UVM) Collaborating Center has been very active globally over recent months in support of Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the Americas and WHO internationally. Some of the work includes:

  • WHO Fourth Global Forum on Medical Devices: Visakhapatnam, India — In December 2018, the Collaborating Center participated in workshops and sessions, and hosted an exhibit. Over 1000 global health technology leaders attended the event led by ACCE member Adriana Velasquez.
  • Strengthening of the Regulatory Capacity of Medical Devices in the Americas: San Salvador, El Salvador — At the October 2018 PAHO annual meeting of regulatory authorities from the Americas, the Collaborating Center participated in presentations, panel discussions and networking centered on Post-Market Surveillance and Medical Device Cybersecurity. The twenty countries in attendance were appreciative of the clinical engineering actions and perspective related to regulatory activities.
  • Peruvian Ministry of Health (MoH): Lima, Peru — In October 2018, Dr. Julio Medina Verástegui, Directorate General of Operations in Health, represented MoH in arranging HTM presentations, tours and meeting with health leaders at Arzobispo Loayza, María Auxiliadora, and Dos de Mayo national hospitals. Additional meetings and presentations were made for the Peruvian College of Physicians and Continental University School of Medicine. Peru has pockets of excellence in HTM and is working to develop a system throughout the MoH. The work in Peru involved significant contributions from Rossana Rivas, who is a key collaborator at the center.
  • IEEE INTERCON Conference: Lima, Peru — In August 2018, presentations were made focusing on the health technology life cycle in the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology (EMBS) tract. Also, consultation was provided regarding the undergraduate clinical engineering specialization and ABET requirements for biomedical engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP)/Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) Joint BME program.


Michael William Lane