Fig. 1 - Most popular applications of POC 3D printing. (Credit: SME)

More than 95 percent of point-of-care (POC) professionals expect to see an expansion of POC manufacturing enabled by additive manufacturing, commonly called 3D printing. Healthcare providers operate in an evolving environment influenced by policy, regulations, and changing technology affecting the patient experience. But 3D printing has been shown to improve the patient experience while saving money.

Fig. 2 - Technologies and processes used. (Credit: SME)

“Physicians as Manufacturers: The Rise of Point-of-Care Manufacturing,” a white paper recently published by SME, details the factors leading to the rise. It presents case studies and examines POC models, existing challenges, capital investment needs, and expectations for growth. The paper unveils results from SME’s Medical Point-of-Care Manufacturing survey, including which 3D printing technologies are being used, the most popular applications, benefits of 3D printed anatomical models, and applications that are expected to have the greatest growth in 2018.

The white paper details the factors leading to the rise, case studies, examination of POC models, existing challenges, capital investment needs, and expectations for growth. (Credit: SME)

“The number one priority for healthcare providers remains patient care,” says Lauralyn McDaniel, SME’s medical additive manufacturing industry expert. “The focus is helping fuel the rise of POC manufacturing enabled by additive manufacturing, providing benefits for patients and physicians/institutions including better patient outcomes, less time in the operating room, and reduced costs.”

The POC model is especially noteworthy due to the collaboration between hospitals, device manufacturers, FDA, and partners such as SME. These partnerships drive efficiency through best practice sharing as well as accelerate innovation for applications such as bioprinting and tissue fabrication. They also lay the groundwork for 3D printing of organs and scaling up production of tissues, applications that are still decades away.

To download the white paper, go to here .


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This article first appeared in the April, 2018 issue of Medical Manufacturing and Machining Magazine.

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