Medical Information Engineering is a discipline that deals with the application and integration of electronic equipment, computer, communication equipment, intelligent instruments and sensing instruments in medical sciences. It studies the design, development, and application of new biomedical electronic instruments and medical information systems. It is also concerned with the acquisition, transmission, storage, processing, display, and analysis of biomedical information. This discipline uses the theories, methods and means of electrical engineering, electronics engineering and information science technology to solve problems in the acquisition and analysis of original information in medical diagnosis, treatment, prevention, health, medical services informatization and life phenomena exploration.
We applied for the approval of the Medical Information Engineering program in 2003, and with the approval of the Ministry of Education we began to admit students nationwide in 2004. It is one of the seventh batch of featured university programs approved by the Ministry of Education, a program under the provincial "Excellent Engineers Training Program", and a university-level all-English project. We currently admit 60 undergraduates and nearly 10 graduate students every year.
The features and contents of research carried out under this program are listed as follows:
Biomedical Electronics involves theories, methods, and means concerned in the application of electronic technology to study the detection, processing, display, and analysis of biomedical signals.
Medical Signal and Image Processing involves the application of signal and information processing technology to medical signal detection and computer simulation, medical image segmentation, medical image registration and fusion, medical signal and image feature extraction, medical information classification and decision-making, Internet medical services, and Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.
Medical Instruments involves the design of and research into integrated sensors for patient information collection and portable diagnostic, therapeutic, monitoring, and analytical instruments with networking communication capabilities for community clinics and homes.
Medical Information Systems and Networks involves the design and development of Medical Information Databases, Hospital Management Systems, Digital Medical Imaging Storage Systems, Telemedicine Diagnosis, Guardianship and Education Systems, and Community Health Services Network Systems.
The Department of Medical Information Engineering currently undertakes 10 vertical projects supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and by provincial and ministerial authorities. We have published dozens of papers which are cited in SCI and EI indexes and hold dozens of patents of invention. At the same time, our teachers actively provide guidance to students who participate in the University Students Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program and all kinds of academic and technological competitions. Our students have won multiple national-level awards from the National Biomedical Engineering Competition.
The main undergraduate courses offered under this program are: calculus, probability statistics, linear algebra, college physics; circuit theory, basic analog electronics, fundamental digital electronic techniques, principles of microcomputer and interface technology, computer application and design; basics in modern life science, physiology; modern equipment, medical sensing and detection technology, medical electronics, medical equipment; signal and system, digital signal processing, digital image processing, medical image processing, medical signal processing; database technology, computer networks and communications, computer information systems, medical information system and so on.
Approximately 30% of our undergraduate students continue to do postgraduate degrees at famous universities at home and abroad after graduation. The rest mainly work at the information centers (department) and equipment departments of hospitals at all levels in the country as well as research institutes and companies related to the this program, engaging in information technology development, applied research, product design and manufacturing, technical support, and equipment maintenance and management.