"Medicine works differently today than before" "DiePresse.com

Fitness trackers that transmit user data to the attending physician, a treadmill on which rehabilitation patients walk in a virtual forest or mini-robots performing complicated operations – new technologies have become indispensable in medicine.

Increasing complexity

"Today's medicine works very differently from the past," says Andreas Mehrle of the Management Center Innsbruck MCI. More and more frequently, highly sophisticated high-tech devices with a high proportion of software are assisting physicians in the areas of diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. "Often, these are not devices, but applications," says Mehrle. As a result, given the increasing complexity of medical technology, users as well as service and maintenance employees as well as developers are needed. In addition to medical know-how, more and more knowledge in the fields of mechanical engineering, electronics and computer science is needed.

It is here that the Master "Medical Technologies", which will be launched in autumn at MCI Innsbruck, will be offered in close cooperation with the Medical University of Innsbruck and the University of Innsbruck. Leopold Franzens University, UMIT and FH Health. "The new English Master's program complements the current mechatronics degree program with the highly sought-after research branch in the field of medical technology," said Mehrle, who developed and leads the program.

The four-semester course focuses on the technological aspects of the medical, health and sports equipment industries. The program includes programming applications, biomedical statistics, augmented reality, medical robotics and clinical studies. To be able to access one of the 20 provisional study places, candidates must hold an honors degree in a relevant study. Applications are still possible until July 1st.

Expand until approval

Still in English and full time, the MSc program in Medical Engineering will be held at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Linz. "MS is the classic master of medical technology, for example, if someone aspires to work as a development engineer," said program director Martin Zauner. The diploma program, which was introduced in 2010, provides scientifically specialized and methodical knowledge of medically and medically relevant technologies for the development and manufacture of medical devices. "The necessary knowledge of the quality requirements and the approval of such products are also dealt with," says Zauner. Proximity of the practice, technical deepening and independent work are particularly taken into account in the project and in the master's thesis.

Look at the user

According to Zauner, the second master's program at the Linz site, "Applied Technologies for Medical Diagnostics," addresses graduates in the fields of radiology technology and biomedical analysis as well as to undergraduate graduates in medical technology. Participants in the extra-professional studies proposed since 2018 are currently undergoing training as an application technician for medical diagnostic products. "This new job description is between development engineers and medical device users," said Zauner. The areas of activity are mainly product management, technology assessment, clinical studies implementation, full quality management, including project approval and management, during the course of the project cycle. product life.

However, there is an additional difference between the two master's programs: while the second degree ends with the master's degree, graduates of the medical engineering degree program graduate with a diploma. "In this way, in terms of profile development, we are further expressing the fact that it is a five-year consecutive university education," Zauner said. For the Master's program, Medical Enineering is only accessible to former undergraduate students in medical technology studies.

Many offers

However, these two colleges in Tyrol and Upper Austria are not the only ones to focus on future trends in medical technology. These can also be found at FH St. Pölten, Technikum Wien, FH Kärnten or FH Campus Wien. International trends and visions such as "telerehabilitation", "active living and assisted living" and artificial intelligence in health care, for example, are topical subjects of the Master's Program in Engineering Engineering. 39, health assistance at FH Campus Wien. The four-semester Master's program is for graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Electronics, Mechatronics or Medical Technology, as well as professionals and physiotherapists, as well as at the University of Ottawa. nursing and nursing staff.

("Die Presse", printed edition, 08.06.2019)