In healthcare, the best type of technological advancement must meet three criteria: (1) better patient outcome, (2) easier for practitioners to deploy, and (3) improved return-on-investment for the facility. These criteria address the many business challenges of healthcare facilities. The facilities must simultaneously deliver rapid results and sustainable growth in an increasingly competitive environment. They are being forced to adapt and change to an unprecedented degree. Healthcare management especially at the point of care has to be proactive and react more rapidly to opportunities and challenges in their operations. They require more flexibility and agility in their approach.
With all new technology, there is uncertainty in the initial adoption. If successful, however, the organization becomes stronger and the patients receive improved care. Leading healthcare institutions regularly enjoy success in adopting new practices and technology. Success requires full-time commitment and willingness to make a change. As such, the benefits of this change will be seen throughout the organization.
There are two types of change:
Incremental Change: This type of change is relatively easier to implement. It typically builds upon the current state to enhance existing processes. Incremental change involves minimal alterations and affects a limited number of individuals.
Transformational Change: Transformational change is more complex as it is designed based on a future state, introducing new operational protocols. Transformational change can impact processes, systems, tools, job roles, workflows, mindsets, behaviors, and more. Not surprisingly, it is difficult to implement transformational change, even for attractive new healthcare technology.
According to McKinsey and Company, 70% of change programs fail to achieve their objectives, often due to employee resistance and a lack of management support. Even though this percentage is large, it describes the difference between industry leaders and those who follow. Consider the shift from paper to electronic medical records. It was a complete transformational change that influenced cultural norms and impacted a substantial part of organizations. Those organizations that adopted electronic records first led the way in the industry and enjoyed early-mover benefits.
In the current healthcare landscape, at the point of care, 3D printing technology represents a transformational change. It offers a multitude of benefits and advantages, and those who choose to embrace this change will reap the substantial benefits. Some of the benefits from this transformation change are outlined below:
Innovation and Progress: One of the foremost reasons to embrace 3D printing technology is the spirit of innovation and progress it embodies. Medical facilities that adopt this technology signal their commitment to staying at the cutting edge of their industry. They will be seen as proactive in seeking new ways to create, design, and manufacture, thus positioning themselves as pioneers rather than followers.
Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness: 3D printing technology offers unparalleled efficiency and cost-effectiveness in production. By reducing the need for traditional manufacturing processes, businesses can save both time and money. This means that investments in 3D printing can quickly translate into substantial cost savings and increased competitiveness in the market. XO Armor technologies is proven reputable technology that can minimize clinic expenses and maximize time and effort. The more you print, the better your bottom line.
Customization and Personalization: The ability to create highly customized and personalized products is a significant advantage of 3D printing. Companies that embrace XO technology can cater to individual customer preferences in ways that were previously unobtainable. This level of customization maximizes customer satisfaction and loyalty, fostering long-term relationships.
Sustainability and Reduced Waste: 3D printing is inherently more sustainable than many traditional manufacturing methods. It generates less waste and consumes fewer resources. Organizations that adopt 3D printing can take pride in their commitment to environmental responsibility, which aligns with the growing demand for eco-friendly products and processes. XO Armor technologies utilizes an eco-friendly plant-based material without compromising on the performance and comfort of the casts.
Adaptability and Agility: 3D printing allows for rapid prototyping and production adjustments. Companies can respond swiftly to market shifts, product updates, or changing customer demands, positioning themselves as agile market players capable of staying ahead of the curve with XO Armor technologies. There are plenty of XO casts, braces, splints, collars that can be made at the point of care. This enormous benefit shifts the paradigm for better operational results and provides for a substantially more beneficial outcome for patients.
Skills Development: Adopting XO Armor technologies as your solution is designed to be smooth and human-friendly. Your staff can be trained in a couple hours and ready to begin, confident that they are armed with the best tool for the job. This inevitably takes your organization’s overall skills to another level.
This investment in skill development not only enhances the capabilities of the workforce but also creates a culture of continuous learning and innovation.
In conclusion, 3D printing technology at the point of care should be viewed as an opportunity for organizations to flourish and innovate. XO Armor provides industry leading training and support for in-house protective device manufacturing, establishing a route for positive and innovative change.
At XO Armor, our robust customer service offers complete onboarding support as part of our comprehensive service to ensure your success in adopting 3D printing solutions. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to add 3D printing capability to your practice.
Please reach out if you are interested in exploring our technology and services. We are happy to talk further.