Partners Biomedical Engineering (PBME)
is comprised of the Departments of Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s
Hospital (BWH) and also serves the biomedical engineering needs at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
In partnership with clinicians, researchers and other engineering
groups, Partners Biomedical Engineering ensures that technology
is used appropriately and safely, performs properly and is managed
cost-effectively. It is our goal that no patient is harmed by the
application of a medical device within our Partners’ sphere
of influence. We strive to improve and develop devices and instrumentation
for healthcare delivery and for innovative medical and scientific
research and to assist others at Partners who are working toward
the same objectives. We are committed to supporting quality and
compassionate care to patients.
Most technical support personnel are organized as customer-focused
teams of biomedical equipment technicians. Other groups and individuals
provide support to the teams as well as directly to some customers.
- Clinical Engineers at each hospital are available
for special projects.
- The Model Shop fabricates custom-designed devices for clinical
and research purposes.
- The administrative support team incorporates personnel from
both institutions and works synergistically to provide administrative
services, including Parts and Purchasing Services.
Partners Biomedical Engineering manages medical equipment throughout
its life cycle. We play a leadership role in managing technology
by developing new devices and participating in or leading the
process of re-engineering systems, using technology as the lever
for obtaining efficiencies without sacrificing safety or quality.
A key role, especially in the current environment, is to apply
strategic thinking to technology acquisition and development.
In addition to repairing, maintaining, and inspecting equipment,
we provide a full spectrum of clinical engineering services including
technology evaluation, installation, modification of existing
systems, training, development of custom devices, solving technology
problems, investigating device failures and recalls, and managing
Our website is a portal through which we gain access to virtually
all information-based resources that support our engineering and technical
activities. We also provide a separate site for our customers
to access information about the equipment that we service as well as other information about the department.