HCA 360 Topic 8 DQ 2
3D printing will become even more commonplace in the health care industry because it allows for customization and personalization. 3D printing represents the adaptive face of HMIS because it combines healthcare and technology, something that is constantly evolving to meet future needs as they arise.
As we move into the future of 3D printing, it will start to become even more commonplace with in the health care industry. 3D printing represents the adaptive face of HMIS because it allows for quicker and more efficient availability of critical equipment or replacements. For example, certain transplant patients need specific types of pulmonary veins that can be implanted during their surgery. In the past, many relied on donated replacement parts as they are extremely difficult to produce due to the structure and size of the organ they are attempting to replicate. Now, with 3D printing, these products can be mass produced with quick turnaround times and allow for long-term viability.
3D printing will become more commonplace in the health care industry because it saves time and money, and it creates precise products without much trouble. If a doctor needs a specific bone for a surgery, you can quickly create it on 3D printer. In fact, 3D printing uses half the time or less to create objects than using traditional methods of manufacturing. Also, it makes the items more affordable because less labor is required, and no material is wasted.
I think that 3D printing will become common place in the health care industry as the printers become cheaper and produce less waste. Currently, there is too much waste and the price is too high making it impractical. In time I think that it will become more prevalent and common place.
With the rising costs of health care, 3D printing has been used to develop medical devices to reduce much of the costs. The 3D printing can also be used for perfectly customized medical equipment that would not cause patients any discomfort. This customisability will also build on better patient experiences and compliance.
3D printing has many positive applications in the healthcare industry. The technology can be used by doctors and patients to model diseases, reducing dependency on animal testing and improving diagnosis. Prostheses can be created using 3D printing allowing for greater customization and comfort. Additionally, 3D printing has great potential in the field of surgery. Students of medicine can practice performing surgeries without putting patients at risk, and models of patients’ organs can be printed to allow surgeons to pre-plan surgical procedures. Implants can also be created using 3D printing allowing for more customized fit and potentially faster recovery times
Hospitals are using 3D printing technology in a number of ways. In addition to the ability to print customized implants, they’re using 3D printing to prototype new products. They’re also using it to create individualized models of patients’ organs and parts, like a prosthetic foot or a heart, to help surgeons prepare for complex surgeries. This can also be used to create and print replacement organs, skin and tissue. More information about these uses will be available soon through a company called Organovo, which is currently overseeing several studies that explore the use of these techniques in the healthcare field.
3D printing is already being used in the healthcare industry. Surgeons are training using individualized 3D-printed models, while some companies provide marketplaces where hospital specialists can access and select the most suitable anatomical models based on the patient’s disease and other characteristics. Further, dental surgeons are using 3D printers to create new/replacement teeth that are more durable and aesthetic than conventional solutions.
One of the most exciting applications of 3D printing in the healthcare industry is printing customized implants. Implants are often made to fit a specific patient and part of the body, not a generic patient or limb.
Three-dimensional printing of tissue and organ structures is an area of active research. Several strategies have been employed, including laser printing of droplets containing stem cells and fibrin, cell extrusion through a nozzle, inkjet printing of dermal equivalent, electrohydrodynamic jetting, direct ink writing, and computer numerical control milling. Each technology has benefits and challenges but all hold promise in building functional organs by combining cells and biomaterials. Bringing these technologies to the point of being able to print a functioning kidney will require further technological advances to incorporate the complex capillary structure that provides the kidney with its blood supply. The current state of the technology is such that most tissues can be successfully printed and can exhibit functionality in vitro. However, successful translation of these tissues to working in vivo will require further development, regulatory approval for use as medical devices, oversight for reproducibility and consistency as well as potential new payment models for reimbursement as disruptive technologies.
In what ways do you anticipate 3D printing will become even more commonplace in the health care industry? How does 3D printing represent the adaptive face of HMIS?