At EBME Expo, it was clear that clinical engineers will have a key role in helping to tackle the risks associated with medical technologies, as increasing intelligence and connectivity present new and evolving challenges. From safety risks associated with artificial intelligence to cyber-attacks on UK hospitals, delegates were provided with some thought-provoking insights.
The biggest ever EBME Expo took place across two days (28-29 June) this year, attracting high numbers of clinical engineers and other healthcare professionals, to discuss key issues relating to EBME (clinical engineering), operating theatres, and procurement. The event has gone from strength-to-strength and, in recent years, has moved to the larger venue of the Coventry Building Society Arena.
With more expert speakers than ever, the conference programme offered a valuable insight into how we buy, use, maintain and manage healthcare technology – in operating theatres, diagnostic centres, at the hospital bedside, in virtual wards, and in war zones. High on the agenda were the risks associated with medical technologies in an era of rapid advancement in the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) – from artificial intelligence (AI) to connected devices.
Delegates learned how there have been significant advances in AI for imaging applications, in recent years, bringing significant opportunities in terms of diagnostics. However, there are also challenges that need to be addressed. Mark Hitchman, Managing Director of Canon Medical Systems UK, gave a candid overview of the risks and safety considerations associated with AI adoption.
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