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Jump Ventures into Video Gaming

It’s well-known that smoking cigarettes is not good for you. A lot of work has been successfully done to discourage young people from picking up the unhealthy
vice. However, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that every day, thousands of people under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. I, along with a team of other Jump staff members, are hoping to decrease that trend with the development of an interactive, educational video game.

This project is part of a larger collaborative effort with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center to curb smoking among young people in central Illinois. Jump Simulation is hosting the annual event, Kick Butts on March 14th, 6:00-9:00 p.m. that teaches students in fourth grade through high school about the health risks of smoking in an innovative way.

Most of the time children are exposed to this information through lectures or handouts at school. While lecturing gets the point across, sometimes hands-on experience and visuals can leave a greater lasting impact. I recall going to the Robert Crown Center for Health Education as a kid and actively participating in various demonstrations. To this day, I remember educators inflating a healthy lung and one that’s been damaged by smoking. I was completely grossed out. That lasting image and experience are what Kick Butts wants to leave with its audience.

Smoking from the Inside Out

Kick Butts will feature a number of activities to effectively demonstrate the effect smoking has in and outside the body. Participants will watch a documentary, see different parts of anatomy impacted by smoking and step into Virtual Reality goggles to get up close and personal with the way lung cancer evolves over time.

My part in all of this was to work with designers and biomedical visualization specialists here at Jump to create an interactive and educational video game. The idea is for participants to pilot a ship (a la “Fantastic Voyage”), using an Xbox 360 controller, through a smoker’s airways to destroy a tumor. Along the way, students will learn about the surrounding anatomy and observe what “smoking from the inside” looks like in a real patient.

We quickly designed the video game using the Unity game engine tool. However, we have the ability to turn this game into an even more immersive experience by further developing it for the Virtual Reality space.

The Future of Video Gaming

We are excited about the game we developed for the upcoming Kick Butts event and we believe it will leave a lasting impression on teens who continually face peer pressure to smoke.

Beyond that, creating this game is a great opportunity for Jump to get involved in more education video game development. Video games and similar virtual learning tools have been present in medical simulation for quite some time. What we want to do is provide a fun gaming environment that is both entertaining and educational for users.

In addition, video games have such a wide range of audiences that we could tailor games to both children and adults, scaling up the lesson material and difficulty accordingly. With the help of our designers and biomedical visualization specialists, Jump has a unique opportunity to synergize and create some truly exceptional content.

Jump: A Central Hub for Innovation

blessing ceremonyOSF HealthCare held a dedication ceremony in celebration of the completion of OSF Innovation at Jump, a co-working environment that will be a central hub for creating solutions to health care’s most complex problems.

The $12 million project transformed the third and fourth floors into an open, shared workspace for a number of departments within OSF HealthCare, including OSF Ventures; Performance Improvement; TeleHealth; Healthcare Analytics; Translational Research; Jump Research; engineering and design teams and the Applied Research for Community Health Through Engineering and Simulation program (ARCHES).

Placing these teams under one roof is expected to promote collaboration across different disciplines to generate ideas, test them through simulation and rapidly deliver solutions to patients.

“For years, these teams have worked in silos, relying on email, phone calls and traveling long distances to work on projects and we realized this was an inefficient way to communicate,” said Becky Buchen, Vice President of Performance Improvement for OSF HealthCare. “This collaborative environment at Jump allows divisions to more easily interact with each other face-to-face, and integrates technology to be proactive in our approach to serving patients with the greatest care and love.”

The shared workspace is part of the overall OSF Innovation initiative geared toward leading the way in transforming health care. The initiative, launched in June, aims to employ a variety of approaches to innovation such as improving processes and functions to serve patients; mentoring, networking and partnering with external companies that are creating solutions to health care problems and improving outcomes and lowering costs through innovative medical training.

innovation space“There isn’t a space quite like this in the U.S. where cross-disciplinary teams can develop health care solutions, receive clinical input on their ideas and test them using simulation,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Simulation for Jump Simulation. “We see this convergence of disciplines and specialties as a necessity to change the face of health care.”

The development includes an open set of stairs connecting the two floors to help facilitate collaboration among divisions, 50 meeting rooms equipped with the latest teleconferencing and digital technologies and a café.

Approximately 60 tradesmen worked on the project with construction completed in July.

OSF HealthCare Unveils Innovation Strategy

Jump was the epicenter of activity last week when OSF HealthCare launched OSF Innovation, a new initiative to lead the way in transforming health care. The announcement took place at Discovery by Design: An OSF Innovation Event where leaders from companies around the U.S. spoke about the importance of innovation and human-centered design in health care.

Discovery by Design InnovationMore than 250 leaders from across the Ministry and other regional hospitals attended the event. A common message from speakers was that health care organizations launching innovation programs must be willing to step outside of their comfort zones, prototype new ideas and learn from failed designs to meet the needs of patients.

“Prototyping new solutions can help health care organizations learn what’s worth carrying to a larger scale,” said Natalie Nixon, Ph.D, Associate Professor, consultant and Director of Design at Philadelphia University. “Continued failure can make the testing process seem abysmal, but learning from those failures and pushing forward could lead to the solution you’ve been looking for.”

Nixon was among a number of leaders in innovation speaking at Discovery by Design. Others came from Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, Doblin Group, IIT Institute of Design, PLUG and PLAY and OSF. Ten technology and device companies also showcased their creative innovations to solve health care problems to attendees.

Creating a Culture of Innovation

The goal of the Discovery by Design event was to educate leaders across OSF and the communities served about the OSF Innovation strategy, and begin the process of building a culture where employees feel they have the ability and opportunity for change to benefit patients and their own co-workers.

Discovery by Design3“It’s important to know that making this transition is not a matter to be handled solely by leadership. The alliance of each Mission Partner and our community collaborators is essential to making the journey ahead a successful endeavor,” said Michelle Conger, Chief Strategy Officer for OSF HealthCare.

OSF Innovation Strategy

The strategy aims to employ a variety of approaches to innovation such as improving processes and functions to serve patients; mentoring, networking and partnering with external companies working on solutions to health care problems; and improving outcomes and lower costs through innovative medical training.

OSF has maintained its Mission of serving persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the gift of life for nearly 140 years. It is hoped the new Innovation strategy will ensure OSF will be relevant for decades to come.