Building A Common Language Between Engineers and Clinicians for Healthcare System Innovation

We decided to go out of the classical work distribution and to work in a hybrid path. There were medical students in the coding class and biomedical engineers in the operating room. This process taught us the importance of speaking a common language and gave us the ability to integrate methods from different fields into new systems.
We have had an adventure ranging from three-dimensional anatomical models to patient-specific blood flow simulations and virtual medical device tests.
We believe that the things we need for the future are; awareness, the ability to work together, and to think creatively.

Presented by K. Banu Köse strategy Lead Research, Clinician Engineer Hub / Assistant Professor, Medipol University School of Engineering and Natural Sciences.


Question 1: What drives you?
A new clinical problem to be solved and an enthusiastic team just as curious as I am. .

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
I am here to share my motivation to share my cross-disciplinary work experience with curious, creative, innovative scientists, students, clinicians, and people in the medical device industry.

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
In-silico medicine! We can define the contribution of simulation calculation systems as ‘enabling to make mistakes in a virtual environment’. This gives us limitless freedom to be creative and enables us to come up with innovative solutions. It also helps us to obtain the optimal solution for the system in the most efficient way.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
These innovative solutions will be used for the purposes of facilitating the workflow, increasing patient safety, shortening the processing time, and reducing the risk of errors. They will help us reduce the steps of the processes of clinical trials. The future is built by today’s brave innovators.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Although there are good examples, we do not have the habit of working interdisciplinary enough. We need to be more aware of each other and create more hybrid teams.

About K. Banu Köse
K. Banu Kose is an assistant professor with a background in Physics Engineering (BSc), Genetics Engineering (MSc), and Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.). She has ten years of experience with 3D anatomical modeling, 3D printing, surgical planning, medical device design, finite element analysis, and cardiovascular engineering. She is the strategy lead of Clinician Engieer Hub, and teaches imaging physics, and clinical engineering in Medipol Unversity.

About Istanbul Medipol University
In the whole history of modern society the concept university was understood as the cradle of knowledge, aplace of wisdom, and a workshop of humanity. However, only the application of true wisdom on the acquired knowledge and decision patterns could secure the happiness and the future of people.Therefore, the goal of Istanbul Medipol University staff is to “pave the path” towards gaining wisdom for all its students.

To achieve this, IMU has adapted an innovative learning and teaching model and has created a real “knowledgesociety” of successful academicians. Each member of our faculty is committed to train their students according to the real world conditions and to help them acquire the information and skills they will needfor a bright career for a brighter future. Informational technologies are extensively used in the education process. Students’ facilitated access to the multimedia libraries, as well as their training in multiplex and computer classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment increase the quality of education and research.

One of the key tasks of the university is to increase the students’ mobility in developing the “integrated”educational model. Also, by establishing e-learning programs and providing education without barriers for all, IMU will have a significant influence in the development of the region. This approach is essential for a university that welcomes students from all over the world and respects diversity.

As we prepare our students for lives of leadership and service, we know that it will be them to determine the near and distant future.

About Clinician Engineer Hub
The Clinician Engineer Hub was launched in 2019. Read more.

K. Banu Köse is speaker at the 2022 edition of the 3D Medical Printing Series.

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