Health Care, Manufacturing, and Technology

Changing with the times in a traditional field

September 30, 2019
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Erin Sachau. Courtesy MediSurge

When people hear the word “manufacturing,” most think of warehouses and assembly lines. They think of a traditional factory setting.

As younger generations enter the workforce and there continues to be an increase in society’s reliance on technology, it’s no surprise the world of medical manufacturing has had to adapt. But how have we done it?

Diversifying within our staff

In a very traditional field, it can be hard to implement change and integrate new ideas. That’s why companies in the medical industry need to incorporate generational diversity within staff.

As we continue to add members to our team, we have been able to create an amazing staff that is eager to engage with one another. Different backgrounds and experiences foster new ideas, which are critical in an industry that’s constantly innovating.

When members from each generation are able to enter the workplace and feel comfortable as they offer new ideas and perspectives, it allows companies to become more efficient. We are trying to change with the times, rather than stay stagnant, and have been successful in doing so.

Embracing technology 

Time is of the essence in medical manufacturing, because health care waits for no one.

The technology in our industry can do amazing things, and we are trying to take full advantage of it. As we continue to grow and take on more tech, we have been able to manage larger projects and produce better quality products. Technological advances have eliminated simple time killers like waiting for glue to dry, which allows us to get products to patients faster.

Even our distribution has been revamped as a result of increased technology. We have switched to an electronic system, which gives us the ability to better track our products and ensure the accuracy of our shipping. The absence of this traceability is often a major issue in medical manufacturing.

Incorporating the creative

Traditionally, medical supplies have been a part of an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” type of industry. It should be the job of medical manufacturers to be innovative and continue to find ways to improve the products we produce.

To accomplish this, we sit down with surgeons and ask for advice, because they are on the scene and using the products. Medical device manufacturers want to make the lives of surgeons easier by creating products that increase accuracy and ultimately save lives.

At the end of the day, we are aware that our devices can impact and save lives. That’s why we’re asking tough questions, taking chances, and revolutionizing products that have been around for decades.

Moving forward

Every company in the medical industry has its own way of adapting. These are simply the ways we have addressed the challenges we’ve faced as technology has evolved over the years. We don’t think about these moments as obstacles, but rather as opportunities to improve quality, processes, and more.