Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Engineering Health Care

PostedSeptember 30, 2007

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Randy Atkins:  Health care is evolving rapidly, says Mark Saltzman, chair of Yale's biomedical engineering department.

Mark Saltzman:  The way that you take care of illness, or prevent illnesses, changes as technologies develop.

Randy Atkins:  Saltzman says engineering has always had a role.

Mark Saltzman:  All the instruments that surgeons use in the operating room are the result of engineering.

Randy Atkins:  Now, he says, engineers are working to replace many surgeries using futuristic ideas like sending nanotechnology therapies into the body.

Mark Saltzman:  Hopefully treatments get better, but hopefully they also get more reliable and they get less expensive and the healthcare system changes as a result of that.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.

A public meeting on engineering and health care will take place on Monday at the National Academies in Washington.