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Healthcare engineering defined: A white paper


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.


Academic article




  • 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
  • Øystein Jensen
  • Yu-Li Huang
  • Zhongwei Jiang
  • J.S. Katsanis
  • Jeong-A Lee
  • Gladius Lewis
  • Nigel H. Lovell
  • Heinz-Theo Luebbers
  • Morales George G.
  • Timothy I Matis
  • Judith T. Matthews
  • Lukasz Mazur
  • Eddie Yin-Kwee Ng
  • K.J. Oommen
  • Kevin Ormand
  • Tarald Rohde
  • Daniel Sánchez-Morillo
  • Justo García 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


  • USA
  • United Kingdom
  • Istanbul Technical University
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Mexico
  • Tel Aviv University
  • University Health Network
  • University of Valladolid
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Yamaguchi University
  • National Technical University of Athens
  • Chosun University
  • The University of Memphis
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Zürich
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research
  • University of Cádiz
  • University of Extremadura
  • University of Montreal
  • Taiwan
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • University of Reading
  • University Hospitals Leuven
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • China
  • University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston



Published in

Journal of Healthcare Engineering




Hindawi Limited






635 - 648

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