MDI lifecycle use case focusing on how Mentice solutions are used by one of the world’s most influential device manufacturers.
In my opinion, the physiological model is what has been missing in simulation. One of the great benefits of the flow systems is that we can use real devices, which I believe creates a more engaging training environment and improves the understanding of the device. There are many flow models on the market; however, most are rudimental and lack complexity.
Together with Mentice and our partner physicians, we have been able to devise, and design the radial-to-peripheral models so that they are challenging and spark clinical inquiry and discussion. We can use these flow models for various interventional applications such as coronary, peripheral or carotid applications etc. I believe this platform checks many boxes for Cordis, and we are excited about the many ways we can use it, from sales training to physician, fellow, and cathlab nurse training. We can use these models in different scenarios and create a great user experience. That was my priority and what convinced me.
The design of your physical flow model supplies a tactical feel and motion of how the catheter moves and track. In addition, there is vessel tortuosity and very realistic disease morphology. I believe this type of physiological simulator plays an essential role in the form of a clinical hands-on tactile model that previously did not exist.
At Cordis, we are excited about the future and the development of new products. We plan to introduce new therapy-driven technologies that have not been in the market before, and this is where the flow models will enable us to shine and help our products succeed.
The radial-to-peripheral flow model will serve as a platform for these new products and will be incorporated and used for product launches, conferences, physician education programs, sales training, etc.
We currently use the flow model in our “Center of Excellence*, physician and fellowship programs, for sales training and promotion, and at conferences for hands-on application. Since we acquired the flow models in July/ August, we have been using them continuously.
We have had difficulties replicating the true clinical experience before using the Mentice flow model simulation. I found models and other teaching tools we have utilized unrealistic, lacking educational value, and not indicative of the procedure being performed. I set out to find a hands-on model that was anatomically correct, utilizing physiologically relevant anatomy, that incorporated tortuosity and morphology, and could be used repeatedly. All our needs and requirements were met with the Mentice flow models.
The main impact has been in three areas.
The “Center of Excellence” is a facility that has exceptionally high expertise centered on a particular therapy or procedure. These centers have esteemed faculty that are current thought leaders in their clinical specialty and provide in-depth knowledge and experience. These programs typically train and educate physicians on best practices, clinical outcomes, procedure steps, and and techniques, along with other relevant topics.
When it comes to prototype testing and development, our R&D team was used to working with quite rudimentary models which they created themselves. However, there has been a great interest in utilizing flow models for additional validation. We now use the flow models in a product development activity we call Voice of Customer, which is invaluable. We have had Voice of Customer activities at every conference.
We have a separate room with the flow model set up for the Voice of Customer activity. Physicians sign a non-disclosure agreement, and we present them with a device we are evaluating/ developing. The physicians can compare it side by side with the device they currently use to provide feedback on the new device. We also do blind tests and present, e.g., product one, two, and three. Many devices, such as catheters, wires, and sheaths, have been tested this way. In this scenario, the flow model offers a real-world clinical environment with realistic anatomy and performance, allowing for strategic input from the physicians.
This activity helps us understand whether the proposed device will meet or exceed expectations. Few models can give that side-by-side comparison, which is an important feature. The fact that they have many different applications is a testament to the benefits of the Mentice flow models. The Mentice flow model is not just a simple model.
It has that dynamic capability and true anatomical features. The Voice of Customer provides us with clinical differentiation of performance and the understanding – will we meet the standard? Or are we going to be below or above the standard? If the product is not performing where it needs to, we do not launch. We bring the device back to R&D and develop it further. Then the device again gets tested and validated. It is essential to validate that the device can perform consistently and correctly. The Voice of Customer activity provides a level of validation that can help ensure that we have a good product in development.
For Cordis, we are expanding and moving very quickly into new products and technologies. The Mentice flow models have allowed us to create a simulation foundation that will carry us into the future. With new products and technology on the horizon, flow simulation will allow us to adapt and use these models for nearly any clinical scenario. From coronary, peripheral, radial to peripheral or below-knee interventions, we will be able to utilize, adapt and, educate using these models. The Mentice flow model has elevated clinical simulation to an all-new level, and we are excited to continue to partner with Mentice and develop for our future.
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