More Than 50% Of Healthcare Providers Want To Offer Regenerative Treatments – Obstacles Include Lack Of Technology And Know-How, Uncertainty
Accredited cell processing company CellBank (Kachidoki, Chuo-ku Tokyo; CEO Motoharu Hojo) surveyed 103 healthcare providers on implementing regenerative medicine at their clinics.
- Important Takeaways
- POINT 01:
54.3％ of surveyed providers say they want to offer regenerative treatments
- POINT 02:
Regenerative medicine can help providers offer the best treatment for each individual patient
- POINT 03:
61.6％ of providers think support from a specialist would help them implement regenerative medicine at their clinic
- Implementing Regenerative Medicine At Health Clinics
- Online Survey
- Time Period
- August 18, 2021 〜 August 20, 2021
- 103 Clinic Providers
Roughly 60% Of Healthcare Providers Are Familiar With Regenerative Medicine
Q1. How familiar are you with regenerative medicine?(n=103)
20.5% answered “Very Familiar,” 41.7% answered “Somewhat Familiar.”
*Regenerative medicine uses cells to treat damaged tissues and improve functionality. Regenerative skin treatment uses cultivated dermal fibroblasts (skin cells) to visibly reduce aging by treating wrinkles & sagging at the source. (via: hadasaibou.jp)
- ・Very Familiar：20.5%
- ・Somewhat Familiar：41.7%
- ・Not Very Familiar：25.2%
- ・Completely Unfamiliar：12.6%
For Clinics, Pros Of Regenerative Medicine Include Adaptable Treatments & Having A High-Tech Image
Q2. If you answered “Very Familiar” or “Somewhat Familiar” to Q1, how do you think regenerative medicine has or would benefit your clinic? (check all that apply)(n=64)
54.7% answered “Being Able To Offer The Best Treatment For Each Individual Patient,” 50.0% answered “Having A High-Tech Image.”
- ・Being Able To Offer The Best Treatment For Each Individual Patient：54.7%
- ・Having A High-Tech Image：51.6%
- ・Increase In Patients：50.0%
- ・Image Of Positively Contributing To Regenerative Medicine：37.5%
- ・Expanding Business：32.8%
More Than 50% Of Healthcare Providers Want To Offer Regenerative Treatments
Q3. If possible, would you want to offer regenerative treatments at your clinic?(n=103)
23.2% answered “Yes,” 31.1% answered “Potentially.”
- ・Probably Not：15.5%
- ・We Already Offer Regenerative Treatments：3.9%
Obstacles To Implementing Regenerative Medicine Include Cultivation Technology, Cell Storage & Transport Systems
Q4. If you answered “Yes” or “Potentially” to Q3, what do you think are the biggest obstacles to bringing regenerative medicine to your clinic? (check all that apply)(n=56)
50.0% answered “Cell Cultivation Technology,” 50.0% answered “Cell Storage & Transport,” 48.2% answered “A Proper Cell Management System.”
- ・Cell Cultivation Technology：50.0%
- ・Cell Storage & Transport：50.0%
- ・A Proper Cell Management System：48.2%
- ・Training Cultivation Specialists：41.1%
- ・Documents For Committee Approval/Licensing：39.3%
- ・Unsure Of What Services To Provide：33.9%
Roughly 60% Of Clinics Interested In Regenerative Medicine Think Support From A Specialist Would Be Helpful
Q5. If you don’t currently offer regenerative medicine at your clinic, do you think support from a specialist would help you in implementing regenerative medicine?(n=99)
30.3% answered “Yes,” 31.3% answered “Potentially.”
- ・Probably Not：16.2%
Providers Hope Regenerative Medicine Will Bring In New Patients & Help Clinics Meet Patients’ Needs
Q6. How do you think offering regenerative treatments will impact your clinic? (free response)(n=103)
Responses from 85 providers include getting new patients and being able to better meet patients’ needs.
- ・Age 33: There are a lot of options with regenerative medicine, so I’d like to hear more stories from clinics who currently offer regenerative treatments. I think it’s good to test out treatments recommended by other clinics to see if they work well for your clinic too. I also think it’s important to wait a while after initially implementing a new treatment method to make sure that it’s fully safe and there are no risks or potential side effects. Treatments can go in and out of style, so it’s definitely important to value low cost and high efficiency since you never know how long you’ll be able to effectively provide a new treatment without it costing your clinic.
- ・Age 26: With more patients we should be able to meet patient needs better than we could before.
- ・Age 30: I think it would be good for our clinic. But I still don’t know much about regenerative medicine, so I’d like to learn more about potential long-term side effects and how cell storage works.
- ・Age 38: Since there aren’t many clinics offering regenerative medicine I think we would be able to treat more new patients.
- ・Age 26: Our clinic would probably get a lot more attention by offering such cutting-edge treatment technology, so I’m sure we’d get quite a few new patients.
- ・Age 42: Even though regenerative medicine can have different results depending on level of competency and quality, with consistent results and insurance coverage I think more clinics would be interested in offering regenerative treatments.
- ・Age 66: Since it’s a simple treatment with almost no risk of infection or contamination I think it would be a great option for our patients.
In this survey we gathered perspectives from 103 healthcare providers on implementing regenerative medicine at their clinics.
First, we asked providers how familiar they were with regenerative medicine. About 60% answered that they were either very familiar or somewhat familiar with regenerative medicine. Roughly 20% of responses were very familiar. We then asked clinics about their perceived benefits of offering regenerative medicine. Answers included giving each patient the most fitting treatment and having a high-tech image. On top of providing better treatments for patients, regenerative medicine also offers positive branding for clinics.
Out of the providers we surveyed more than 50% said they were interested in offering regenerative treatments at their clinics. The biggest obstacles to implementing regenerative medicine include technical hurdles like cultivation technology, cell storage and transportation. Lack of specialized knowledge is also a roadblock for many clinics. 1 in 3 providers said they were unsure of what services to provide.
Around 60% of the providers we surveyed were interested in receiving professional support to help implement regenerative medicine at their clinic. In a free response question some providers voiced concerns about potential risks and uncertain results, so it seems that professional guidance might be the most helpful thing for clinics looking to offer regenerative treatments.
Comment From CellBank CEO Motoharu Hojo
With this survey we learned that healthcare providers have an overwhelmingly positive view of regenerative medicine. However, these providers can face many obstacles when it comes to bringing regenerative medicine to their clinics. Aound 40% of clinics face legal and institutional obstacles, while around 50% struggle with technical obstacles such as cell processing and cell storage.
At CellBank, we work hard to provide comprehensive technical and legal assistance to make it easy for clinics to implement regenerative medicine. From cell cultivation to legal application support under the Act on the Safety of Regenerative Medicine, we offer affordable support for clinics every step of the way.
Services At CellBank
CellBank is an accredited cell processing company licensed under the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We provide a wide range of cells for regenerative treatments at clinics across the country, including skin cells, cardiac stem cells, peripheral blood stem cells, endometrial stem cells, adipose-derived stem cells, and more.
Our cell unique storage service lets us preserve healthy cells long-term, making treatments possible at any time.
With CellBank, patients can enjoy cutting-edge regenerative treatments even 20 years down the line.