In cooperation with GE Foundation, Engineering World Health has embarked on a new Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) project in Ghana. The Center of Excellence (COE) project uses a trident approach consisting of Center of Excellence development, BMET mentoring, and interactive HTM workshops. COE development will be guided and measured using a framework of key performance areas in five dimensions of excellence: financial, internal business process, innovation and learning, customer focus, and leadership.
The project was started by Daniel Hardy, CBET, CRES, as the Country Coordinator for Ghana. Dan has nearly 30 years of experience in Clinical Engineering and various increasing management responsibilities. He has managed hospital medical equipment maintenance shops and taught BMETs in developing countries for years. Dan has worked as a project manager in the field and consultant for HTM and medical equipment in developing countries.
GE Foundation is making donations of sophisticated, state-of-the-art machines in Ghana and other countries. Technicians need updated knowledge to support the advanced technology being installed by GE and other equipment manufacturers. Based on interviews with BMETs on assessment trips and data collected on local hospitals, EWH is establishing these new models to incorporate remote, online learning and support for technicians. EWH also offers in-person mentorship hours with experts to accommodate technicians who are already practicing at full-time jobs.