USI - University of Lugano Cardio e-TeC - Advanced short course in Electronic Technologies and Communication in Cardiology at USICardiocentro Ticino

Why Cardio e-TeC?

Universities are major players in today’s knowledge society, by creating know-how, transferring it to industry and society, and fostering innovation. Our fast changing environment and the new challenges of a more complex world ask for a stronger university commitment to improving and broadening the skills and the personal qualities required in the professional life.

The treatment of cardiovascular diseases has changed dramatically over the past decades: patients live longer and enjoy a better quality of life. The introduction of new therapies, using both medication and devices, has contributed much to this success.

The cardiology sector is characterized by advanced product innovation. To date, a relatively small percentage of device ideas are conceived in academic medical centres. In the normal course of events, inventors (be they physicians or engineers) conceive a device solution to an unmet clinical challenge, initiate the patent process and build preliminary device prototypes. Subsequently, in the further stages of development, a team of engineers is engaged, who, working closely with medical advisors, carries the concept through the “design-build-test-redesign” cycle of testing.
In this context the objective is to foster the biomedical engineering process for new electronic technologies in cardiology. To achieve it, we need to update specific knowledge on the advanced use of implantable and non-implantable but wearable medical equipment enabling diagnosis, monitoring, and eventually therapy prescription. The update is necessarily directed to all health professionals, scientists, industry managers, and hospital administrators.

This is the basic idea behind the decision to set up an advanced course on Electronic Technologies and Communication in Cardiology, in short Cardio e-TeC, at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). The program is conceived in close partnership with Cardiocentro Ticino. Its strength relies on a combination of resources, drawing equally from USI’s expertise in Embedded Systems Design and Health Communication and from the medical competence and experience of Cardiocentro Ticino.


Prof. Dr. Piero Martinoli
President, Università della Svizzera italiana

  • Sponsors
  • Città di Lugano
  • Manta srl
  • Quality Service
  • Siemens
  • Boston Scientific
  • Abbott Vascular
  • Biotronik
  • Medtronic
  • Cordis Corporation
  • Sorin Group

Cardio e-TeC, Via Lambertenghi 10A, 6904 Lugano, Tel: +41 58 666 42 68, Fax: +41 58 666 46 19, e-mail:
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