IFHE Europe was created in September 2005 in Strasbourg and includes hospital engineering associations from twelve countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
The aims of IFHE Europe are:
- The promotion, development and distribution of information on hospital engineering techniques;
- The discussion and comparison of experience and practices;
- The promotion of multi-disciplinary integrated design;
- The promotion of the effective management of technical operations, maintenance and safety.
Previous European conferences were successively held in Baden Baden in Germany in 2005, in Vienna in Austria in 2007 and in Goes in the Netherlands in 2009.
Ingénieurs Hospitaliers de France (IHF), founding member of the IFHE and IFHE Europe, was selected to host and organise this 4th conference to be held from 30 May to 1 June 2011 at the Congress hall (Palais des Congrès) of Paris in parallel with the 51st IHF annual conference.
The themes for the conference will cover most of the issues faced in hospital engineering: energy and sustainibility, planning, architectural design, technology, information and communication techniques, hospital hygiene, maintenance and operations management, medical equipment, risk management and quality management.
The conferences will focus on comparison and exchange in view of promoting the sharing of experience and hence encouraging innovation, benchmarking and the creation of common European references.
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