Center for Strategic Health Technologies (NUTES/UEPB)

The Center for Strategic Health Technologies (NUTES) is the result of an agreement between the State University of Paraiba (UEPB), the Studies and Projects Funding Agency (FINEP), binded to the Science and Technologies Ministry (MCT), the Health Ministry (MS) of the Brazilian Federal Government and the Technology Park Foundation of Paraiba state (PaqTcPB). NUTES is a reference center for the development and assessment of technologies to be applied to the health domain, composed of professors, researchers and students of grad and post grad level from the Computer Science, Engineering and Health areas. It has the first Brazilian lab for certification of software embedded into medical devices, ensuring through procedures that devices, processes, softwares and systems produced by the medical industry can operate according to the goal they were designed. Installed in an area of 1.000 squared meters in the Biologic and Health Sciences Center (CCBS) at UEPB, located at the Juvêncio Arruda street, Universitary Campus, at Bodocongó in Campina Grande, Brazil, it includes labs for biomedical engineering, electronics, software engineering and certification, rapid prototyping of products, usability and image manipulation. NUTES also performs activities in the areas of clinical engineering, software development for the internet of medical things, design and images manipulation. NUTES monitors, qualifies and develops medical devices and systems to ensure for the final user the reliability required by medical products, contributing to the continuous improvement of quality of technologies under development in Brazil. 

Activities

Risk Management: The goal is to provide safety when dealing with medical technologies using techniques of risk mitigation concerning the main hazards for each technology. 
Quality Assessment: Ensures that the manufactured products are effective, safe and are in conformance with technical standards, reducing risks for the users.
Research, Development and Innovation Activities (RD&I): Development flows for biomedical instrumentation and execution of the following activities:

  • Validation of embedded software of medical systems and devices – allows support to the national companies, regulatory agencies (Anvisa and INMETRO) and to the Health Ministry for the quality verification and validation of softwares in strategic technologies for the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS). The benefits are increasing the safety of medical technologies, a more efficient technological development allowing a quicker market insertion of the product, costs reduction and quality improvements.
  • Consultancy on CAE/CAD/CAM/CASE tools for the product development – The rapid prototyping applied to medical-dentistry area can be used during surgical procedures, reproducing with accuracy the anatomy of regions that will have medical intervention. With a better visualization, the surgical planning becomes feasible, reducing time and risks that could happen in the case of lack of more precise informations about the anatomy of the affected region. The technique supports clinical analysis of professionals that work with orthopedics, neurosurgery, surgeries for maxillofacial and orthognathic trauma, craniofacial and plastic surgery, implantology, oncology, among others.

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