Mar 16, 2017 | Press release

Stratasys unveiled today that it is teaming with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to launch one of the first collaborative 3D printing hospital networks in the nation. 

3D printed hand model for teaching, diagnosis, procedural planning. Digital file is a VA resource, hospitals can request models 3D printed on network printers for shipment.
 

The agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI) is specifically designed to have a positive impact on patient care and doctor preparedness. As the largest integrated healthcare system nationally, the Veterans Health System is leveraging both 3D Printers and materials to foster a high level of collaboration and knowledge-sharing throughout hospitals.

Stratasys’ CSR effort aims to bring transformative medical and educational programs to underprivileged communities, and to create life-changing impacts for the people who need it most. 
“3D printing is expected to have a direct and often immediate impact on societal well-being—with innovation having the power to dramatically shape lives and communities for the better,” said Arita Mattsoff, head of corporate social responsibility, Stratasys. 
 
Stratasys is equipping five Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in the US with 3D printers, materials and training to encourage development of custom orthotics, prostheses, and anatomical models for personalized healthcare. The equipment is fully integrated across hospitals, generating a network for building skills and knowledge-sharing across sites—resulting in improved patient outcomes, enhanced surgical collaboration, and streamlined costs.
 
“This 3D printing network is a significant step forward in how we approach patient treatments. The technology not only enables 3D models of a patient’s unique anatomy for diagnosis and treatment, but can also be used to engineer personalized health solutions for Veterans—including prostheses and assistive technologies,” said radiologist Beth Ripley, MD, PhD, leader of the VA initiative.

Digital design file of smoothed orthotic, ready for 3D printing by VA Hospitals.

During the initial deployment stage, Stratasys 3D Printers are being installed at VA hospitals in Puget Sound, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Orlando, and Boston. Stratasys is also providing 3D printing materials and training alongside support.
 
“Our work with the VA exemplifies the tremendous difference additive manufacturing is making around the healthcare industry. These solutions now make it possible to not only improve patient care, but set new standards for highly personalized solutions. 3D printing today is advancing healthcare in ways that would have been nearly impossible even a decade ago,” said R. Scott Rader, PhD, GM of healthcare solutions at Stratasys.

 

 

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Eric Spidell (Veteran of Gulf War) wrote at 3/16/2017 11:55:44 PM:

Now if only they would concentrate on fixing the real issues with the VA hospital system and treat Veterans like real people and not not as an annoyance to the rest of the country. We Veterans need to have a real system that will care for us and not put us aside. All to often we hear horror stories of neglect and malpractice that not only delays proper treatment but ends in the deaths of our fellow men. This needs to stop.



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