Perspectives

The future of 3D printing in Health Care

Potential, impacts and models

During its first year of activity, Deloitte’s Health Care Med Tech Community has dedicated itself to exploring aspects of 3D printing. The work of the Community has been developed with the contribution of an Advisory Board representing the main stakeholders of the health ecosystem. The Community’s survey of over 1,000 experiences with innovations in the use of 3D printing for Health Care from all over the world reveals that while growth is expected, there are still many hurdles to overcome.

Dynamic growth projected

Some analyst forecasts for 2018 suggest 3D printing will achieve global market growth to reach $12 billion, an increase of about 20 percent compared to the previous year. A significant share of worldwide turnover in the 3D printing industry has always been generated in the medical field. In 2018, the worldwide turnover for 3D printing related to health care is expected to reach $1.3 billion.

Different applications in the medical field support this growth. To date, the most significant applications refer to the production of different types of devices in the dental, orthopedic and acoustic fields. However, even the most innovative areas such as the 3D printing of tissues, organs and bones show important growth rates and are starting to spread significantly (predicted compound annual growth rate from 2017 to 2021 of 56.6 percent).

Harnessing the potential

3D printing technology has the potential to significantly modify health care delivery and organisation models in different areas of clinical specialisation. The Deloitte survey identified regulation and technology as the two main drivers on which the evolution of 3D printing in the health sector will depend on.

If the potential of 3D printing envisioned by different stakeholders in the health care sector is realised, the impact on patients as well as the innovation process and cost reduction could be considerable.

Although the awareness of the relevant 3D printing potential seems to be high among the Advisory Board members and the survey respondents, the ability to define adoption paths and models for these technologies reveal some points of uncertainty.

About The future of Health Care report

From employment models to the possible developments and barriers to overcome to bring 3D printing from a niche dimension to the mainstream, this report identifies some international trends and possible future scenarios for 3D printing in health care.

The future of Health Care
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