Persistent challenges are faced by organizations that wish to realize the advantages of producing anatomical models and devices within the hospital environment, including equipment and staffing costs, available expertise, equipment utilization expectations, and quality assurance and control requirements. The Seattle Children’s Imagination Lab builds on twenty years of product and device design expertise to provide an internal, service line business model inside Seattle Children’s Hospital. This model aims for sustainability, while supporting opportunities across the organization for improving patient care, enabling novel research, and supporting the development of new service lines that are not yet reimbursable. The Imagination Lab integrates the equipment, people, and processes necessary to support the production of many items that improve pediatric care, such as anatomical models and surgical guides, into an internal, organization-wide service. We will present the challenges faced, and continue to face, in building the Imagination Lab. We will also present the benefits and opportunities now available to the Seattle Children’s Community, and plan to make available to the broader healthcare community in the future.
- Understand how Seattle Children’s, a top ranked children’s hospital in the USA, is utilizing 3D printing to support pediatric care.
- Understand how to justify and build a potentially sustainable business model that includes patient specific anatomical model production
- How to connect with our community and get involved with, or become, part of our network.