Healthcare technology

Healthcare technology offers countless opportunities. It has the power to alter our understanding of disease, to transform medical methods and devices, and to improve healthcare services.

The Master's program is intended for engineers and other professionals who are intent on acquiring advanced knowledge in healthcare technology, along with the skills necessary to identify the technological requirements of specific companies and to carry out technology transfer.

The objective is to train specialists who have a propensity for developing healthcare methods, devices and technology systems. Their value on the labour market will be increased by their ability to integrate medical technology systems at every level, whether related to development, maintenance, marketing or evaluating technology.

The courses and the project that they conduct enable the students to become experts in the technologies used in the healthcare industry. They gain sufficient knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to be able to effectively interact with healthcare professionals. They acquire the skills required to determine the technological requirements of a health care entity (company, laboratory, hospital, government or para-governmental organization), and they learn to define, justify, plan and complete a major project. This project may involve implementing an existing technology or applied research or development projects in the fields of healthcare technology engineering.

Study programs and admission requirements

45-credit master's degree:

  • Master's degree in engineering, concentration in healthcare technology
    • with thesis (research) (in French or English)
    • with project (courses) (in French)

30-credit specialized graduate degree (in French):
  • Specialized graduate degree in healthcare technology

15-credit short program (in French):
  • Short program in healthcare technology

An example of healthcare technology engineering

Until recently, total arthroplasty was the most common surgical treatment for joint disease in the hips of elderly persons. However, the number of operations on younger patients is increasing, and conventional artificial joints called "femoral stem" prostheses, which have a useful life of approximately 15 years, are poorly adapted to this more active clientele.

Digital modeling techniques, such as computer-aided design and finite-element analysis, have enabled the team headed by Professor Natalia Nuño to make significant progress in this field.

Her projects include collaboration on the development of resurfacing prostheses, and she is working on a new "short stem" prosthesis for patients for whom a resurfacing prosthesis is not appropriate, such as in the case of insufficient bone mass. Primary stability of this prosthesis, which should be available on the market soon, is being studied from the perspective of digital modeling techniques.

Natalia Nuño is also exploring the possibilities offered by biomimetic materials for the design of less rigid prostheses that exhibit properties similar to those of bone tissue. In fact, a prosthesis with a composite biomaterial stem is better suited to the bone, because it improves the transfer of body weight. Other projects are pointing to the possibility of one day producing semi-personalized implants with different mechanical properties for each patient. The value of this innovation for future patients is inestimable.

Healthcare technology research at ÉTS

Canada Research Chair on 3D Imaging and Biomedical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Biomaterial and Endovascular Implants
Sonomax-ÉTS Industrial Research Chair in In-Ear Technologies (CRITIAS)
Research Team in Occupational Safety and Industrial Risk Analysis (ÉREST)
Biomedical Information Processing Laboratory (LATIS)
Imaging and Orthopedics Research Laboratory (LIO)