Healthcare Technology Management of Digital Devices


Medical devices are essential to the delivery of safe and effective patient care and need to be proactively managed to ensure risks associated with their acquisition and use are minimised.  Increasingly such equipment may be networked, contain software and data that need to be proactively managed as healthcare technology systems.

The course aims to introduce the concepts associated with healthcare technology management, with a specific focus on digital devices.  A systems engineering approach will be introduced to provide a framework to support developers and users of healthcare technologies to gain a practical   approach to introducing innovative technology and managing devices in clinical settings.


At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe key regulations and standards that underpin medical device safety in the NHS
  • Understand healthcare technology management processes and outline the key elements in the equipment management life cycle
  • Identify key digital technology risks, e.g. data protection, data management and cyber security
  • Apply risk management techniques to support safe and effective digital healthcare technology utilisation
  • Apply the learning to case studies involving digital medical devices in your organisation
  • Develop digital technology support plans
  • Gain an insight into roles and responsibilities within organisations
  • Appreciate governance issues associated with the selection, application and use of medical apps, software as a medical device.

All sessions will be held on Thursday afternoons (1300 – 1600).

Hours for module: 7 by 3 hour sessions, totalling 21 hours contact time with course facilitators, plus self study – 35 hours in total.
How will the module be taught: Blended
Location: Bristol (venue TBC) + MS Teams meetings
Delivery sessions plan: 2 half day face to face cohort meeting, one at the beginning and one at the end of the course, interspersed with 5 weekly 3 hour virtual classroom/breakout sessions.
Audience for module: Would suit:

  • Healthcare professionals using medical equipment/digital devices
  • Medical equipment designers/SME’s involved with healthcare technologies
  • Academics/PhD students involved with medical device design
  • NHS professionals with an interest in risk management or technological innovation

Note:  There will be practical case studies so it is preferable if course attendees have access to healthcare technologies within their workplace that could be used as examples.

Course leader: Professor Richard Scott, Director of Medical Physics & Bioengineering, University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust. Richard has experience of medical device design, research and innovation, together with the development of systems for the management of healthcare technologies in the clinical setting. Expertise from within the Clinical Engineering/Medical Equipment Management Organisation at UHBW will provide input to support the course.

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