Last modified on 16 June 2017, at 00:15

Exploiting DiDIY practices for healthcare professionals

The problem is…

DiDIY can change the way healthcare professionals carry out their activities. Two actors (and the processes they supervise) have been studied: the radiologist that uses 3D models in order to make the diagnosis; the surgeon that exploits 3D models to plan with his team the operation and to clarify to the patient all the details regarding this operation. The main problem is how to norm and formalize the usage of such kind of digital technologies during the regular activity of the healthcare professionals as long as how to build the necessary knowledge and skills to manage them.

The proposed solution might apply when

The solution proposed is…

A solution might be to introduce and put in practice: 1) mechanisms for building, strengthening and sharing the know-how on how to use digital technologies in healthcare practices; 2) policies and norms built by and shared in accordance with policy makers with the aim to facilitate and sustain the change brought by digital technologies.

The expected outcome is…

A new way of carrying out diagnosis and surgeries to patients. An improved knowledge about what digital technologies could do in the healthcare context. The creation of best practices among different countries aiming at solving different purposes.

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DiDIY aims at empowering people in doing a set of activities previously carried out by specific professionals. In this light, within the healthcare context DiDIY technologies could help in widening the sense-making and decision-making of professionals when doing a diagnosis and a surgery.

Significant influencing factors

Lack of knowledge about what digital technologies could significantly impact on the creation of the above described innovations; availability of technologies (3D printers and 3D scanners); skills of doctors in using the above described technologies; constraints at the level of medical protocols (norms regulating medics activities).


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