Clinically Integrated Facilities Track

As healthcare priorities and patient needs continue to evolve rapidly, there is increasing pressure to ensure existing healthcare infrastructure can meet these new priorities and needs. Developing clinically integrated facilities can be key to meeting clinician and patient needs. In this track, we will explore how to future-proof facilities, navigate space planning amid shifting factors, and strategies to plan for increased connectivity in hospital facilities.

Planning for Connected Medical Devices 

Thursday, March 17, 2022 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Brent Petty

Panelist: Samantha Jacques

According to some estimates, within the next 10 years, more than 50 billion connected medical devices could be in use globally. For facility leaders, planning for increased connectivity goes beyond budgeting and purchasing the appropriate capital equipment. Other considerations include ensuring the appropriate stakeholders are involved and confirming each capital equipment purchase can be integrated with existing equipment. Join a panel of clinical engineers as they discuss how to plan for the widespread use of connected medical devices in your facilities, share approaches to gain buy-in from key stakeholders, and outline practical strategies to ensure connectivity between capital equipment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define the considerations that should be used when evaluating new technology.
  2. Evaluate if today’s facilities should be designed with an overarching vision for the implementation of future technologies.
  3. Discuss best practices for establishing and maintaining stakeholder alignments for the duration of a project.
  4. Learn when to remove old technology and strategies to ensure connectivity with its replacement.

About the Panelists

Samantha Jacques
Full Name
Vice President, Clinical Engineering
McLaren Health Care
Speaker Bio
Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, is the Vice President of Clinical Engineering at McLaren. She manages Services throughout the McLaren system including 15 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers. Prior to McLaren, she was Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health and Texas Children’s Hospital. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and is active in ACCE, CHIME, and HTCC. She also recently published a book titled “Introduction to Clinical Engineering”. She has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.