As the aging baby-boom generation lives longer and stays active, the demand for biomedical devices and procedures is expected to increase. That means healthcare is relying on increasingly sophisticated devices for implanting into the body or monitoring it. We’re talking about artificial heart valves, prosthetic hips, pacemakers, MRI machines and the like. These are examples of innovations that have emerged at the interface of engineering and medicine, something called biomedical engineering.

Why is the University of Virginia thinking about this important intersection of engineering and medicine?

“Once physicians start the conversation with engineers, they [both] realize they can do a lot together in partnership that wouldn’t be able to do alone” Jeff Holmes, professor of biomedical engineering and medicine and director of the University of Virginia Center for Engineering in Medicine, explains in an interview on the MarketScale Healthcare Podcast. Listen to the audio here: