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HEALTHCARE ENGINEERING SUBJECTS

Healthcare Engineering is an immensely broad and rapidly advancing field. The table below is based on Healthcare Engineering Defined: a White Paper (Chyu et al., 2015), and updated by new topics added to individual subjects.

 

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(I) Engineering for Healthcare 

     Intervention (see description)

    A. Fundamentals

1.   Biomechanics

Clinical Biomechanics

Occupational Biomechanics

Biomechanics of Aging

Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics

Nano-biomechanics

2.   Biomaterials

Implants

Tissue Engineering

Drug Delivery

3.   Biomedical Instruments

Monitoring

Diagnosis

Clinical laboratory

4.   Medical Devices

Functions:

   Surgery

   Treatment

   Diagnosis

   Prevention

Specialties:

   Anesthesiology     

   Cardiovascular     

   Clinical Chemistry     

   Dental    

   Ear, Nose and Throat    

   Gastroenterology and Urology  

   General and Plastic Surgery    

   General Hospital and Personal

      Use   

   Hematology    

   Immunology    

   Microbiology    

   Neurology    

   Obstetrical and Gynecological  

   Ophthalmic    

   Orthopedic    

   Pathology    

   Physical Medicine    

   Radiology    

   Toxicology    

5.   Engineering for Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Computer-Assisted (Robotic) Surgery

Image-Guided Surgery

6.   Medical Imaging

7.   Organ Transplantation

8.   Artificial Organs

Prostheses

3D Printing

Bionics

Regenerative Medicine

Tissue Engineering

9.   Drug Delivery

Site-Specific Drug

Receptor Targeting Drug

Nanomedicine

Implantable Drug

Electronic Pill

10.  Genetic Engineering

11.   Engineering for Diagnosis/Detection 

       Computer-Aided Diagnosis

12.  Health Informatics, Information    

       Engineering & Decision Support

13.  Disinfection Engineering

    B. Engineering for Disease Prevention,

         Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management

1.    Cardiovascular Disease

2.   Cancer

3.   Alzheimer's Disease

4.   Diabetes

5.   Respiratory Disease

6.   Obesity

7.   Degenerative Diseases

8.   Osteoporosis

9.   Addiction

10.  Others

    C. Engineering for Patient Care

1.    Patient Safety

2.   Critical Care

3.   Neonatal Care

4.   Home Healthcare

5.   Elderly Care

6.   Patient Monitoring

7.   Health Disparities

8.   Disaster Management

    D. Engineering for Medical Specialties

1.    Allergy and Immunology

2.   Anesthesiology

3.   Cardiology 

 

4.   Critical Care Medicine

5.   Emergency Medicine 

6.   Endocrinology

7.   Gastroenterology

8.   General Surgery 

9.   Geriatrics

10.  Infectious Disease 

11.   Neurology  

12.  Neurosurgery 

13.  Nuclear Medicine  

14.  Occupational Medicine 

15.  Oncology

16.  Ophthalmology  

17.  Orthopedics  

18.  Pathology 

19.  Pediatrics

20. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

21.  Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic 

     Surgery

22. Public Health

23. Pulmonology  

24. Radiology 

25. Radiotherapy  

26. Rheumatology

27. Sports Medicine 

28. Urology

29. Vascular Medicine 

30. Others

    E. Engineering for Dental Specialties

1.    Endodontics

2.   Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, 

        Radiology, and Surgery

3.   Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

4.   Periodontics

5.   Prosthodontics

6.   Others

    F. Engineering for Allied Health Specialties

1.    Audiology

2.   Clinical Laboratory Science

3.   Environmental Health

4.   Occupational Therapy

5.   Orthotics and Prosthetics

6.   Physical Therapy

7.   Rehabilitation

8.   Respiratory Therapy

9.   Speech Therapy

10.  Others

    G. Engineering for Nursing - including nursing in

         all related areas, particularly (I)B, C, D, E,

         (II)A, and B.

    H. Engineering for Pharmacy

1.    Pharmaceutical Design & Development

2.   Bio-/Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

3.   Pharmaceutical Devices

4.   Pharmaceutical Testing

5.   Pharmaceutical Information Systems

6.   Clinical Science

7.   Regulatory Compliance

(II) Engineering for Healthcare Systems 

      (see description)

    A. Healthcare System Management, 

        Improvement & Reform

1.    Quality, Cost, Efficiency, Effectiveness

2.   Operations Research & Systems       

        Engineering

3.   Lean, Six Sigma, Total Quality

        Management

4.   Human Factors

5.   High Reliability Organization

6.   Resilience Engineering

7.   Rural Health

    B. Healthcare Information Systems

1.    Electronic Health Record

2.   E-Health

3.   M-Health

4.   Telemedicine

5.   Wireless Technology

6.   Data Mining & Big Data

7.   Information Security

    C. Healthcare Facilities

1.    Healthcare Infrastructure

2.   Healthcare Energy Systems

3.   Healthcare Sustainability & Green Design

4.   Environmental Health and Safety

    D. Healthcare Policy

(III) Others 

    A. Healthcare Engineering Education & Training

1.    Collegiate Education

2.   Continued Education

    B. Future of Healthcare

 

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