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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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BLANCO, Xiomara P  and  GAMBOA, Wilson. The Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation at the forefront of technology. Rev. Col. Cardiol. [online]. 2006, vol.13, n.2, pp.68-72. ISSN 0120-5633.

Background: the Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation is aware of the importance of investing in research, development and innovation in order to incorporate and use scientific and technological advances that may contribute to the socio-economical development of the region and the country. Therefore, it has incremented its strategies to promote both a technological culture in our society, and the development of new local technologies or the adaptation of foreign ones to our needs. To achieve these goals, the Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation has created areas such as the strategic business unit FCV. Soft Software Factory, the bioengineering research group, the pediatric research unit and the unit of computer technology, that demand the integration of processes of technological development and the incorporation of new technologies to the regular clinical practice in a third complexity level institution. Objective: to describe the experience of the Colombian Cardiovascular Foundation in the integration of bioengineering and its specialties to the conventional clinical practice. Conclusions: the utilization of bioengineering in the conventional clinical practice favors institutional competitivity and motivates the improvement of the patients’ quality of life, as it allows the creation of new tools to support the medical decisions in an efficient and timely way.

Keywords : bioengineering; new technologies; bioengineering specialities.

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