Management of Medical Equipment
The successful delivery of health care depends largely upon medical devices; therefore, the Management of Medical Equipment (MME) is one of the most important areas within Health Systems. This area requires the active participation of staff from different disciplines such as: technical, clinical, financial, administrative, among others.
In developed countries, the MME includes designating a unit of professionals trained in the proper handling and management of medical equipment. MME promotes a better use of technology, and greater efficiency and effectiveness in hospitals. The MME issue has yet to gain momentum in Latin America; because of the lack of trained personnel, equipment is underutilized, broken, or abandoned.
PAHO's role in Management of Medical Equipment
PAHO, through the Medicines and Health Technologies Unit, promotes and facilitates the adoption of proper Management of Medical Equipment in the Americas Region through technical assistance, online training, regional cooperation, dissemination of documents, among others and the designation of CENETEC as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Technology; also recognizes the significant impact of the Units of Biomedical / Clinical Engineering in the quality of health care services and therefore promotes its incorporation into the local health care.