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Washington D.C., 20 May, 2019 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the University of Vermont, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Health Technology Management, organized a workshop on "Health Technology Management," in Washington DC, from March 27 to 29, 2019.The objective of the initiative was to raise awareness about the importance of the management of health technologies in the Caribbean Region.

The workshop moderator presented tools, processes, and recommendations for the planning, acquisition, maintenance, and support of medical devices during their life cycle. These elements facilitate the development and strengthening of health technology management systems in Caribbean countries.

Likewise, the attendees discussed the experiences, advances, and challenges of the countries in health technologies' management. At the end of the workshop, participants concluded that procurement, personnel, and cybersecurity issues represent a challenge in the Region. For this reason, they established as a priority to strengthen the collaboration among the Caribbean countries. To this end, the "Caribbean Working Group on Health Technology Management" was created, whose communication will be carried out through the "Health Technology Planning and Management" practice community located in the Regional Platform on Access and Innovation for Health Technologies (PRAIS).

Project and procurement managers, decision makers, biomedical engineers, directors of the Ministries of Health, hospitals and authorities from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, participated in the workshop.