With current developments around AI, AR, and predictive modeling constantly enhancing the tools available, the accuracy and predictability will only ever improve.
In the same vein, optimal planning, and the tools used to achieve it, inevitably help patients better understand their procedure and what to expect as outcomes — ensuring that expectations match reality. In 2017/2018, negligence claims against the NHS reached approximately £2.2 billion. While surgical errors will only account for a portion of this, the benefit of mitigating litigation risk cannot be overlooked.
Replicable, accessible, and achievable
Surgical planning and the use of personalized devices are replicable approaches that any hospital looking to achieve GIRFT objectives can successfully and sustainably adopt. 3D planning solutions are easily accessible, whether outsourced or produced in-house, with more and more hospitals utilizing software services to enable the production of visuals and printed tools at the point of care.
This is what going lean can mean for healthcare. With this in mind, I’m confident in, and excited about, a personalized future that benefits both patient and doctor, health system, and society. And we at Materialise couldn’t be more committed to helping make it happen.
*Bollard et al., Medical 3D Printing Cost-Savings in Orthopedic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Science Direct, 2019.