Medical and engineering experts discuss the connection between university, industry and the clinical field – | 09/29/2022 09:36 a.m

The Official Association of Engineers in Technical Telecommunications (COITT-AEITT) held the “Contribution of Engineering to Medicine in the 21st Century” conference in Madrid. Technical telecommunications engineers, representatives of companies in the biomedical sector, directors of engineering schools and students shared this meeting, organized by the school, to analyze and discuss the contribution of engineering to medicine, as well as the challenges and opportunities that arise in this field.

The streaming event detects the II COITT High Frequency Cycle. A format that aims to create a meeting place to discuss current issues and professional interests and to highlight the challenges and future prospects of telecommunications technical engineers, from the hand of expert voices. Likewise, it aims to make visible and position the work of these professionals in all these digital advancements necessary for the digital transformation of our country.

In particular, this first session focuses on the contribution of engineering applied to medicine, to which more than 3,000 professionals in our country are dedicated, working in a thousand companies. A sector that is also among those that generate the most startups every year. The event was opened by Enrique Carrascal, member of the COITT Board of Directors, who highlighted the college’s mission with this initiative: “It is essential to show companies the talent trained by the universities and in turn allow the generation of professional careers from interest, in a sector that is hyper developed in infrastructures, but that needs more applications and professionals”. After that, Javier Colas, the coordinator of the event, Pdte. de Additum and Director of Innovation at Esade Health Institute, highlighted the current importance of medical engineering in the diagnostic and therapeutic field. Looking to the future, Colás highlighted “two emerging areas related to medicine and telecommunications: the sustainability of the national health system and the reduction of the climate footprint of the health sector”.

Speakers from leading biomedical companies then presented their views on the reality of the sector in Spain and the opportunities it offers to engineering. Experts agree that technology is constantly growing, becoming more complex and generating more risk, but also creating more opportunities for engineering in the field of medicine. Each speaker took a tour of biomedical advances and developments to delve into the challenges that arise in the near term. Among other things, they pointed to the growing demand for professionals in the technology market and discussed the importance of connecting and strengthening the relationship between the university, industry and the clinical field.

The first table was formed by Ignacio Arnott, Strategic Account Manager of Siemens Healthineers; Agustin Montes, Director of Strategic Projects at GE Healthcare Spain; and Sergio Muñoz, Director Innovation, Digital Health and Emerging Technologies and Coord. of the Spanish Platform for Innovation in Health Technologies (FENIN). In the second part of the day, Javier Mazo, MR Modality Sales Specialist of Philips Ibérica, SAU; Cielo Alejandra Velazquez, health policy and government affairs specialist; and Eduardo Juarez, Professor at UPM’s ETSIT and Deputy Director of CITSEM.

At the closing ceremony, Mario Cortés, dean of COITT, emphasized “the contribution of telecommunications technical engineers in the search for solutions to improve people’s quality of life with the help of technology”. Just as he encouraged the students present “to follow their vocation and take advantage of the advantages offered by the school for retraining engineers, through the help of the experts of the society itself or agreements with universities. Focused support, both for recent graduates and professionals who wish to change sectors or complete their studies in a given field”. Also present at the event were COITT, Board of Directors member Eladio Gutierrez, Institutional Relations Officer, Susana Escobedo; and José Ángel Hernández Armas, member of COITTCAN.

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