Clinical Engineering Stream



C1 Paper Presentations – Technology Management

Chair: Essi Shams, WRHA

This session will highlight paper submissions from across Canada that focus on CMMS usability



C2 Cross Country Checkup

Chair: Martin Poulin, VIHA

Catch up with your colleagues from across the country


  • What’s Happening in Your Neck of the Woods
  • Funding Sources and Program Scope of Work
  • How is your Department Transforming?


C3 CMBES Summit on the Supportability of Medical Devices

Chair: Mike Capuano, Hamilton Health Sciences

CE Panelists:  Andrew Ibey, PHC; Kelly Kobe, AHS; Martin Poulin, VIHA

Vendor Panelists: Spacelabs, Baxter, GE, Mario Ramirez, Fibertech

This panel-driven session continues the efforts of the CMBES in addressing the perceived negative trend related to service support in hospitals. More and more original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and vendors continue to restrict training, service information, and access to diagnostics. These barriers affect the hospital’s ability to provide effective in-house technical support. Mike Capuano will present results of the recent CMBES Survey on the Supportability of Medical Devices. The survey, which had a tremendous response rate, reveals significant information on the current and future direction of clinical engineering as we know it. As in the two previous summits, a panel of experienced clinical engineers will join Mike in fostering dialogue with the audience. This will include discussion related to the data and next steps. New this year, is the addition of OEM representation on the panel and their take on vendor needs and expectations.



C4 Building Bridges:

Chair: Tidimogo Gaamangwe, WRHA


Working with Medical Physics:  Dr. Harry Ingleby, CancerCare MB

Working with Infection Prevention Control:  Monique Liarakos, WRHA; Martin Poulin, VIHA

Working with Information Technology and Communications (ICT):

Effective patient care depends on the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary care team of professionals to provide safe services in an efficient manner.  There are also many support teams that ensure the necessary utilities, information technology, and equipment are available for use and are safe to use on patients.  This session explores the collaboration between Clinical Engineering and other support teams to improve services and enhance patient care.  Relationships with Infection Prevention and Control, Medical Physics, and Information and Communications Technology will be discussed with representatives from each of these disciplines.



C5 Certification and Continuing Education:

Chair: Andrew Ibey, Providence Health

CE Panelists: Tim Zakutney, Ottawa Heart Institute; Anthony Chan, BCIT; Rick Tidman, Durham College

Whether you want to be a certified Clinical Engineer, a certified Biomed Technologists or a certified Technology Manager, there are always a number of unanswered questions pre and post exam; usually even reading documented guidelines by the official entities does not answer all your questions and sometimes they may add more to your confusion! In this session, experts from our Canadian Board of Examiners will provide you with insight into each of these processes and will answer your questions. Other background information including associated statistics and expected benefits of having these certifications will be discussed and compared with similar certifications for the other allied health bodies.



C6 Donation of Used Medical Devices:

Chair: Bill Gentles, CMBES Outreach Chair

CE Panelists:  Dr. Thomas Turgeon, Operation Walk; Daphne Chen, Health Canada; Chris Bzovey, WRHA Clinical Engineer

By replacing existing inventory of medical equipment in use, we always are challenging ourselves if the old inventory of our used but perfectly functional and supportable medical equipment should go to trash or shall be used by charity entities, underdeveloped countries or even by the third party repair centers. Unfortunately, resell/donation process of used medical equipment by most healthcare facilities across Canada is not clearly laid out and always legal. Ethical challenges make the resell/ donation situation so complicated that facilities end up disposing of equipment. In this session we will discuss various aspects of this practice by the Canadian stakeholders including Health Care Legal Entities, Health Canada, Clinical Engineering, Charity and National Organizations which use or export used medical devices in or to underdeveloped countries.



C7 Paper presentations – Technology Management

Chair:  Maryam Samiee, WRHA

This session will highlight paper submissions on medical device design and development.



C8 Regulations:

Chair: Kyle Eckhardt, Providence Health

CE Panelists: Daphne Chen, Health Canada; Mario Ramirez, Fibertech

While Health Canada will share recent changes on the Medical Device regulations with the audience, we are providing a great opportunity for the third party service repair centers, our Clinical Engineering Community and Health Canada representatives to discuss legality and potential associated risks with the topic of “repair of Medical Devices by third party vs OEM” in Canada.

Repair of the medical devices by the third party seems to be a gray and unregulated area in North America. FDA has already started to collect feedback from various stakeholders to understand baseline issues in an effort to verify if this practice needs to be regulated. In this panel discussion we exchange our thoughts to better understand various aspects of the current practice and straight our thoughts when, where, why and how using third party service repair is the proper option.