Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin
US Department of Veteran Affair and Stratasys Collaborated for 3D Printing Hospital
The US department of Veteran Affairs has roped in Stratasys to open the first 3D printing technology hospitals in the country. The Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI) is the largest integrated healthcare system nationally, and the Veterans Health System is introducing the use of 3D Printers and materials to make the hospitals technologically more advanced.
Stratasys’ CSR head Arita Mattsoff said that their 3D printing efforts aim to bring life-changing impacts on the medical needs of underprivileged communities. Stratasys will supply 3D printers and other 3D printed equipment to five Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in the US, and provide the staff training for using the equipment. This would encourage the development of custom orthotics, prosthetics, and models for surgery preparations and understanding of patient anatomy. The hospitals will integrate this equipment for streamlining processes of 3D printing, building skills and knowledge-sharing, leading to better outcomes.
Beth Ripley, MD, PhD, radiologist, and leader of the VA initiative said that the 3D printing network will enhance processes leading to better patient treatments. The technology will not only enable better understanding and preparation of a patient’s unique anatomy for diagnosis and treatment but will assist in developing prostheses and assistive technologies for veterans.
Stratasys is providing training, assistance, and support for handling its 3D Printers, which are being installed at VA hospitals in Puget Sound, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Orlando, and Boston. R. Scott Rader, PhD, GM of healthcare solutions at Stratasys said that their work with the VA showcases the tremendous steps taken in the field of additive manufacturing, and the impact it is making in the healthcare industry. These 3D printing solutions will provide personalized healthcare solutions to communities across all strata, improving patient care and setting higher standards for the healthcare system.