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15 March: Covid-19 pandemic: Social and Healthcare dynamic impact in Benin - WICID - ABSPIE


Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, after the first infections in China at the end of 2019, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global emergency and continued to spread across the world. No country, including Republic of Benin in Africa and Italy in Europe, has been able to escape this disease. Its impact on human health, is disrupting an interconnected world economy through global value chains, given the impact on the entire world population and the economy.

In Benin, from 14th March 2020, the evolution of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic is epidemiologically recorded at 3363 cases confirmed, 95 cases recovered, 46 case dead (January 2021).

Even if the social contexts seem very different, the pandemic creates in healthcare systems of all around the world, a generalized condition of low-resource settings (LRSs), i.e., environments lacking means, specific knowledge, specialized personnel, medical devices, and drugs, and with inappropriate medical locations. In fact, while this condition was already familiar to low- and middle-income countries, COVID-19 has overwhelmingly reported LRS conditions in high-income countries, such as Europe. In addition, the social and ethical impact of the pandemic calls sociology and bioethics to reflect on the perception that the population has of this situation, i.e. the possibility to respect the measures of isolation, the availability of personal protection equipment, the criteria for access to the scarce health resources available.

Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre For International Development

Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent e-Health Lab

15 March 2021 • 10-11am (UK time)

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Alessia Maccaro - University of Warwick

Leandro Pecchia - University of Warwick

Davide Piaggio - University of Warwick

Marius Vignigbé - University of Abomey Calavi

Roch A. Houngnihin - University of Abomey-Calavi

Thu 11 Feb 2021, 13:55 | Tags: health economy, LMIC, COVID, Social Impact, WICID

Health Technology Assessment of Medical Devices: an introduction

Organized by the Institute of Biomedical Technology (INBIT), and endorsed by Hellenic Society of Biomedical Technology (ELEVIT), Clinical Engineering Division (CED) and Health Technology Assessment Division (HTAD) of IFMBE.

When: May 11, 2020, Zoom

11:30 AM Greece Topic: HTA of Medical Devices webinar Agenda:

11:30 – 12:00 Introduction on HTA of Medical Devices, Prof. Nicolas Pallikarakis

12:00 – 12:45 Different Approaches for HTA Appraisal of Medical Devices, Ass. Prof. Leandro Pecchia

12:45 – 13:00 Q & A

Recording available here.

Mon 11 May 2020, 15:43 | Tags: health economy, Clinical Enginering, HTA, Medical devices

06.02.2018 Medical Technology & Biomedical Engineering Education

February 6th 2018, 13:00, Room A401, School of Engineering

Speaker: Nicolas Pallikarakis is Emeritus Professor of the University of Patras, Greece; Founder of the Institute of Biomedical Technology (INBIT), Patras, Greece, in 1991; Past Chairman of the HTA Division of the IFMBE; Founding member of EAMBES Fellows; and Elected member of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE). He is one of the creators of the international M.Sc. program in Biomedical Engineering (BME) established in 1989 at the University of Patras, Greece. Prof Pallikarakis has more than 130 publications in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. Coordinator of more than 30 European and Greek R&D projects. In the domain of BME education, he coordinated a number of Erasmus/Tempus projects. The two more recent Curricula Reformation and Harmonisation in the field of Biomedical Engineering (CRH BME) and the European Neighbouring Area (ENA) countries that created four new BME Joint programs in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia, based on the core curriculum proposed by the previously mentioned CRH BME project. Last January he has been invited to represent Greece in the Erasmus+ 30 year’s celebration launching event in Brussels and in June 2017, he received one of the 33 Awards given to Erasmus+ participants in a special ceremony at the EU Parliament in Strasburg.

Aim: In his talk, Nicolas Pallikarakis will give a thirty-year overview of the evolution in the domain of Medical Technology and its relationship with Biomedical Engineering Education. He will present the case of a unique European collaboration program in BME and will elaborate the direct and indirect benefits of such a joint effort.

Thu 18 Jan 2018, 11:47 | Tags: health economy, Data analisys, Clinical Enginering, IFMBE, HTA, EMB

28.11.2016 "The role of biomedical engineers to develop appropriate technologies for LMIC"

Speaker: Adriana Velazquez is the senior adviser and focal point on medical devices at the World Health Organization (WHO). She is a Mexican Biomedical Engineer with postgraduate degree in Clinical Engineering in U.S.A. Previous to join WHO she was the founding and General Director of the National Centre for Health Technology Excellence (CENETEC) in the Ministry of Health in Mexico, where she had more than 15 years experience as clinical engineer in private and public hospitals in Mexico. She has had honorary positions in national and international professional organizations.

Aim: After introducing the WHO leadership priorities, this talk will illustrate challenges and opportunities for biomedical engineering, which are willing to design and develop medical devices for low and middle income countries (LMIC).

Project: This talk is part of a meeting organized by the ABSPIE lab, in collaboration with the IFMBE HTAD, in the framework of the project titled “HTA of Medical Devices, with a specific focus on LMIC” (PI, Dr Leandro Pecchia), funded by EPSRC IAA Award and the Warwick GRP on Science and Technology for Health.

Room/time: room F105, School of Engineering, University of Warwick, 12:00.

Thu 17 Nov 2016, 14:40 | Tags: health economy, Clinical Enginering, IFMBE, HTA, Early stage HTA

21.10.2016 "Healthcare Technology Innovation & the Future" (Part of the School of Engineering Seminar Series)

Speaker: Professor Daniel Clark, Head of Clinical Engineering, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Director CHEATA – Centre for Healthcare Equipment And Technology Adoption Co-Director – CHT – Centre for Healthcare Technologies Expert Member – Medical Technology Advisory Committee – NICE

Aim: This seminar will introuce ABSPIE postgrad students to the role and importance of technology in healthcare; looking at the benefits and challenges of developing and introducing new and innovative technologies.

This talk will be broadcast live for the First Global Clinical Enginering Day #GlobalCEDay, in cooperation with IFMBE,

Mon 24 Oct 2016, 18:27 | Tags: health economy, Clinical Enginering, IFMBE, HTA

10.09.2015 “Early stage HTA: how to inform the research aiming to maximise its impact”

Speaker: Dr Leandro Pecchia, University of Warwick and Chairman of the HTA Division of the IFMBE.

Aim: In this lunch seminar will summarise the main messages of the Summer School. The main methods and tools presented during the School will be briefly recalled and the main problems of HTA of medical devices will be discussed. This will be an opportunity for those that will have no time to attend the whole school to see an overview of its main topics and more in general of the vibrant discussion that is growing very fast in the community of biomedical engineers and medical physicists about HTA.

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9.09.2015 “EIP on AHA monitoring tool for the early technology assessment of a planned device to predict falls in the elderly”

Speaker: Dr Christian BOEHLER, European Commission's Joint Research Centre and Dr. Leandro Pecchia, University of Warwick and Chairman of the HTA Division of the IFMBE.

Aim: this seminaries will introduce the EIP on AHA and the Joint Research Centre monitoring tool. A Case study on fall prediction in the elderly will be demonstrated.

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Mon 24 Oct 2016, 17:57 | Tags: health economy, HTA, MAFEIP tool, European Commission JRC