Biomedical engineering is a discipline that applies various engineering, science, and technology methods to solve medical problems and to improve health condition of the society.
Biomedical engineering has developed rapidly in developed countries for more than 50 years, creating new jobs with specialized skills in medical instrumentation and measurement, in medical image and data processing, and even in health-care system development.
Biomedical system supports medical professionals in performing a medical procedure with the intention of determining, measuring, or diagnosing a patient condition. This also includes therapeutic procedure to treat and cure disease. With that complexity in our hands, it is sensible to develop a multidisciplinary approach based on basic science and engineering point of views, such as electronics, computer engineering, human anatomy & physiology, biomedical physics, biomedical transducer & instrumentation, and biomedical system design.
Each year ITB Biomedical Engineering arranges an international conference. Some events that have been successfully carried out are:
- International Conference of Instrumentation, Communication, Information Technology, and Biomedical Engineering (ICICI-BME) 2009, 2011, and 2013;
- International Conference on Women’s Health in Science and Engineering (WiSE-Health) 2012.
Biomedical Engineering in Indonesia
As a pioneer of biomedical engineering education in Indonesia, ITB Biomedical Engineering provides excellent academic experience, attractive research activities, and chances of multidisciplinary cooperation, supported by high quality and dedicated staff.
ITB Biomedical Engineering Study Program nurtures students by giving theoretical and practical base, as well as research practice so that students can work in multidisciplinary environment. It is not uncommon that our students work together with other lecturers and students from different faculty.
Apart from following and developing global science and technology, Indonesia has big opportunity to be a center of excellence in processing tropical resources and in handling tropical diseases. ITB Biomedical Engineering prepares human resources who are familiar and able to develop:
- New biomedical method and instruments,
- Nano technology and molecular, and
- Early detection technology.
There are three areas of careers directly related to biomedical engineering and as follows:
- As a clinical expert in a health-care services industry: clinical engineer,
- As a designer in a biomedical instrumentation industry: biomedical design engineer,
- As a researcher in an academic institution: research scientist.
In general biomedical engineering skills that are mostly needed by clinical and biomedical design engineers are to handle numerous obstacles and to give several possible solutions. As a clinical engineer, biomedical engineering skills are very often needed to compare, to test the performance, and to arrange maintenance procedure for various health-care instruments.
As a biomedical design engineer, biomedical engineering skills are related to the development of biomedical instruments in industry. Biomedical design engineers are also equipped with an ability to create their own company as a technological entrepreneur. This ability is sought by markets since creativity can give fresh outlooks into the new types of instrumentation methods. A research scientist often faces challenges to carry out research and exploration some new concepts that can be further processed by biomedical industries.
Activities in government, although are not directly related, ask for support from biomedical engineering to create health issue related policies and rules, especially in health-care instrumentation usage permission and safety standards.