Conférence CISEC : Dependability in Medicine
Using Engineering and Management Principles for Better Patient Care
09 Décembre 2016 UPS, Toulouse (France)
09/12/2016 10:00 - 09/12/2016 12:00 Ajouter à votre agenda

Nikhil Balakrishnan, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina, United States of America

Dependability is well established in fields such as aerospace, nuclear power and high speed rail. The principles underlying dependability have a common framework across application domains. Dependability is achieved by a synergy of rigorous engineering principles, management and regulatory standards.

In this lecture I will present application of these principles to healthcare and the many advantages there are in application of methods in the engineer’s toolkit to diagnosis and treatment. Methods such as fault tree analysis lend themselves well to applications in medical diagnosis. System models recreating the failure modes of vital organs can be invaluable in establishing a diagnosis, especially in rapid life threatening illness where vital organs such as the brain maybe difficult to biopsy or diagnostic tests are not yet available. System models lend themselves to prediction and control which enable a control trajectory to be planned to restore health. Such models need to be fault tolerant with rigorous system safety assessment principles guiding their application. Once developed, such methods and models must necessarily be implemented in an expeditious manner since delays can have catastrophic consequences. Management science can guide such efficient implementation. I will present Lean manufacturing principles, especially the Plan Do Check Act cycle and micro-planning as efficient methods to enable their implementation. Each of these principles in engineering and management will be presented with healthcare examples, especially envelope patient cases where conventional medical methods failed and these methods led to excellent outcomes. Adopting such changes into medicine can guide new regulatory perspectives, where medical regulators can learn from agencies such as the United States FAA, NTSB, France's BEA among others. It is hoped inter-disciplinary application of these principles can lead to the world’s hospitals being as safe as the world’s aircraft with consequent benefits in costs, outcomes and quality.


Cette conférence est organisée par le CISEC, Club Interassocaition (SEE, 3AF, SIA) des Systèmes Embarqués Critiques

Elle se déroulera le 9 décembre de 10h à 12h à :
Université Paul Sabatier,
118 Route de Narbonne,
F-31062 Toulouse
IRIT- Auditorium Herbrand
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UPS, Toulouse (France)

Université Paul Sabatier,
118 Route de Narbonne,
F-31062 Toulouse
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