Healthcare engineering defined: A white paper

Ming Chien Chyu, Tony Austin, Fethi Calisir, Samuel Chanjaplammootil, Mark J. Davis, Jesus Favela, Heng Gan, Amit Gefen, Ram Haddas, Shoshana Hahn-Goldberg, Roberto Hornero, Yu Li Huang, Oystein Jensen, Zhongwei Jiang, J. S. Katsanis, Jeong A. Lee, Gladius Lewis, Nigel H. Lovell, Heinz Theo Luebbers, George G. MoralesTimothy Matis, Judith T. Matthews, Lukasz Mazur, Eddie Yin Kwee Ng, K. J. Oommen, Kevin Ormand, Tarald Rohde, Daniel Sanchez Morillo, Justo Garcia Sanz-Calcedo, Mohamad Sawan, Chwan Li Shen, Jiann Shing Shieh, Chao Ton Su, Lilly Sun, Mingui Sun, Yi Sun, Senay N. Tewolde, Eric A. Williams, Chongjun Yan, Jiajie Zhang, Yuan Ting Zhang

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Engineering has been playing an important role in serving and advancing healthcare. The term "Healthcare Engineering" has been used by professional societies, universities, scientific authors, and the healthcare industry for decades. However, the definition of "Healthcare Engineering" remains ambiguous. The purpose of this position paper is to present a definition of Healthcare Engineering as an academic discipline, an area of research, a field of specialty, and a profession. Healthcare Engineering is defined in terms of what it is, who performs it, where it is performed, and how it is performed, including its purpose, scope, topics, synergy, education/training, contributions, and prospects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-648
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Healthcare Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Contributions
  • Definition
  • Education
  • Future
  • Healthcare engineering
  • Jobs
  • Purpose
  • Scope
  • Synergy
  • Topics
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics


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