Healthcare represents a key issue for management in every country. A fundamental problem affects almost every healthcare system: the trade-off between the need to deliver effective healthcare services and the need to control expenses and to ensure the overall sustainability of the system. This problem is a clear expression of management complexity in healthcare systems. With the purpose of searching opportunities for reconciling standardization and differentiation (i.e. efficiency and effectiveness) in healthcare, under a general view of sustainability, by exploring possibilities offered by technology, this work aims to investigate the criticalities and potentialities of the use of 3D-printing in producing personalized medications. Our exploratory study focuses attention on the context in which basic needs and opportunities of personalization in dosage forms mainly emerge – that is the final stage of drug prescription and delivery processes that involve doctors, patients and pharmacists – and discusses the obstacles, risks, and advantages of personalized medicine (PM) highlighting opportunities offered by the introduction of 3D-printing technologies and conditions of success in terms of both effectiveness and cost of healthcare. Key findings lead to a possible model of synthesis in which the potential revolutionary role of drug 3-D printing in pharmaceutical compounding and/or manufacturing is highlighted.
|Titolo:||Envisioning Smart and Sustainable Healthcare: 3D-printing technologies for personalized medication|
SAVIANO, MariaLuisa (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1.2 Articolo su rivista con ISSN|