Zakutney, Timothy

Overview 

Mr. Timothy Zakutney is Vice President, Medical Equipment and Cardiac Technology and Chief Medical Technology Officer at the world renowned University of Ottawa Heart Institute, providing leadership and guidance surrounding medical and biomedical technology issues for healthcare.An accomplished director, manager, and consultant for both clinical and biomedical engineering, Mr. Zakutney has an extensive background in information and medical device technology and its application in research and clinical settings.  He has served as Director and Manager of Biomedical Engineering teams at two major Canadian academic hospitals and, as an established system development consultant, has developed and implemented software systems for several University and HealthCare research programs.

Background 

Mr. Zakutney is a Professional Engineer with a specialty in Systems Design from the University of Waterloo along with a Masters in Heath Science in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is also an internationally Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE). Memberships include the American College of Clinical Engineering, and he sits on the Executive Committee for the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society. Mr. Zakutney has sat on two scientific advisory committees for Health Canada and has provided consultation services to Health Canada, Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the Auditor General of Canada on medical device, health technology issues, and patient safety.

He was acknowledged by his peers by being awarded the 2008 Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society’s (CMBES) Outstanding Canadian Biomedical Engineer of the Year Award for his accomplishments and “Contributions to the Canadian Biomedical Engineering Community.”

In August 2009, he travelled to Bangladesh at the request of the Government of Canada (Canadian International Development Agency) to provide assistance and guidance for the rational use and management of medical technology in Bangladesh.

Mr. Zakutney teaches Clinical Engineering in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. He sits on the Canadian Board of Examiners for Certification in Clinical Engineering (CCE) and is currently Chairman of the Awards Committee for the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society.

Research & Clinical Interests 

Timothy Zakutney’s research interests include operations management, medical technology management, and clinical engineering. Specifically the implementation of medical device battery management protocols, LEAN process optimization tools, and maximizing medical technology utilization and benefits are investigated. His interests also include the development of asset management software applications for clinical engineering departments to maximize performance, productivity, accountability, and effectiveness of biomedical engineering services.

Publications 

Conference Publications Refereed Based On Full Paper Submission

  • Zakutney, T., Cleland, M., Biomedical Engineering and Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Program Support: The Ottawa Heart Institute Experience: 33rd Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 15‐18, 2010.
  • Zakutney, T., Cleland, M., Folch, Santiago, Cost Effective Video Integration within an Electrophysiology Laboratory: 33rd Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 15‐18, 2010.
  • Hoh, T, Llaguno, J, Maner, N, Starenkyj, E, Beard, P, Bowes, B, Sherrard, H, Zakutney, T. What does your IV Smart Pum Infusion Data tell you about IV Clinical Practice and Patient Safety?, Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics (CJNI), Vol 4, No 1, p. 67‐85, Spring 2009.
  • Zakutney TJ, Biomedical Engineering, (Abs # 71), 6th Symposium of the World Artificial Organ, Immunology and Transplantation Society (WAITS 2001), Ottawa, Canada, 2001
  • Zakutney TJ, Doyle DJ, "Distortion of Heart Sound Intervals and Peak‐to‐Peak Amplitudes with Low‐Pass Filtering”, 23rd Conference of the Canadian Medical & Biological Engineering Society, Toronto, Canada, 1997
  • Zakutney TJ, Gentles TJ, "Setting Up a Hospital Central Equipment Pool”, 23rd Conference of the Canadian Medical & Biological Engineering Society, Toronto, Canada, 1997

Conference Poster Presentations Refereed Based On Abstract Submission

  • Zakutney, T., Building a New Operating Room? A Chance for Clinical Engineering to Shine: 32nd Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, Calgary, Alberta, May 20‐22, 2009.
  • Zakutney, T., Quality Improvement through Documentation Reviews for Clinical Engineering: 32nd Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, Calgary, Alberta, May 20‐22, 2009.
  • Baxter Healthcare Canada, Canadian Patient Safety Institute and University of Ottawa Heart Institute Joint Focus Group, The Prevention of Infusion Medication Errors – Clinical Informatics Program, 2008.
  • Tan KS, Tang A, Zakutney TJ, Greenwood K, “Effects of Electromagnetic Fields from Wireless Communication Systems on Medical Devices. Implications for Setting Hospital Policies,” Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Vancouver, Canada, 2006.
  • Folch S, Brennan C, Zakutney TJ, “Portable Emergency Power for Critical Care Areas”, 16th World Congress, World Society of Cardio‐Thoracic Surgeons, Ottawa, Canada, 2006
  • Cleland MJ, Robblee J, Zakutney TJ, “A Novel Approach to Anesthetic Delivery During Cardiopulmonary Bypass”, 16th World Congress, World Society of Cardio‐Thoracic Surgeons, Ottawa, Canada, 2006
  • Cleland MJ, Robblee J, Zakutney TJ, “Monitoring Infusion Pump Performance through Battery Capacity Measurement”, 16th World Congress, World Society of Cardio‐Thoracic Surgeons, Ottawa, Canada, 2006

Presentations/Workshops/Guest Lecturer

  • Project Management, ½ Day Workshop, 33rd Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 15‐18, 2010.
  • Facilitator, Medical Devices Workshop, Carleton University, November 9, 2007.
  • Facilitator, Medical Devices Workshop, EMPC, Enrichment mini‐course program, Carleton University, May 5, 2007.
  • Guest Speaker, Workshop on Medical Equipment, SHAD Valley Workshop for Carleton University Students on behalf of the Medical Devices Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, July 11, 2006.
  • Keynote Speaker, Engineering Charity Ball, University of Ottawa, February 11, 2006
  • Guest Lecturer, Carleton University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: Biomechanics MAAE 4906; Biomechanics MECH 5801, 2005 to Present.
  • MedSun Clinical Engineering Audio‐Conference, “Batteries in Medical Devices ‐ Technologies, Use and Maintenance”, December 13th, 2005.
  • Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (CMBES), CMBES Elite Audio‐Conference
    “Batteries & Medical Devices: A Managed Approach to Risk Reduction”, October 28, 2005.
  • Guest Speaker, FDA Medical Product Safety Network (MedSun) annual conference September 26, 27 2005, Baltimore MD USA. Topic: Batteries & Medical Devices: A Managed Approach to Risk Reduction,
    East Coast Conference, Baltimore, MD USA, September 26‐27, 2005.
  • West Coast Conference, San Diego, CA USA, October 06‐07, 2005.
  • Guest Speaker, Workshop on Medical Equipment, SHAD Valley Workshop for Carleton University Students on behalf of the Medical Devices Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, July 10, 2005.
  • Chair, Vertical Market Focus: Healthcare, Global Mobile Enterprise 2004, Ottawa, Ontario 2004.

Articles and Interviews

  • Quality Improvement through Documentation Reviews for Clinical Engineering: As chosen by the Technology Management Council of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), BI&T Best Practice, 2010.
  • Medical Technology Procurement and Support in Bangladesh: Findings, conclusion sand recommendations from a CIDA mission for the Central medical Stores Depot (CMSD), November 23, 2009.
  • Battery Management Program Ensures Readiness. Patient Safety: Leading Practice in Ontario – Improvements, Ideas and Innovations, Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) 2008.
    Evolution in Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Dimensions, pp 58‐59, May/June 2006.
  • Service Solutions: Improving Equipment Reliability Through Battery Management, 24x7; Vol 11:1, pp 30‐33, 38, January 2006.

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