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Lessons from Building Three Point-of-Care 3D Printing (and Extended Reality) Programs

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As hospitals continue to adopt additive manufacturing technologies and processes, point-of-care (PoC) 3D printing entities are challenged to provide a clinically-aligned service. Furthermore, these services are often provided in absence of implementation and quality assurance (QA) standards specific to the medical domain. While industry and domain-specific societies continue to address these gaps in content knowledge and standards, it is up to the PoC manufacturer to put appropriate QA procedures and logistics in place to meet the demands of a clinical adjunct service. Implementation of PoC manufacturing is reviewed for three similar sized institutions; the greatest difference among the institutions is the time (and experiential) differentials. Patient outcomes, techniques, process, and learning opportunities are explored. Lessons learned from interactions with ordering systems, legal groups, and diverse hospital cultures are also explored.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify opportunities of early success in 3D printing at point-of-care
  • Identify opportunities for data standardization, which is key for a point-of-care archival purposes