Jump ARCHES – The Pursuit of Excellence in Medical Simulation

“Today is about the pursuit of excellence in medial simulation.”

ARCHESSeptember 15th was a cool, dreary day in Champaign, IL, but inside the iHotel at the Inaugural Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (ARCHES) Health Care Engineering Systems Symposium, the mood was anything but.

In a matter of five short hours, 37 speakers took the stage for ten minutes each discussing topics from “Clinical Challenges Facing Nursing Practice and the Complexities of a Highly Technology-Driven Clinical Environment” to “Security Concerns in Android mHealth Apps” to “Spherically Convergent Shear Waves During Blunt Head Trauma.”

“We were thrilled at the very high level of interest and participation,” said Paul Pribaz,Executive Director of Innovation, “Both from OSF’s leadership and the phenomenal scientists at the University.  The quality of the presentations was outstanding.”

“Bringing together engineers and clinicians results in miracles.”

The speakers were experts in their field ranging from nursing to neurosurgery and from biomedical engineer to information technology.  It was a fast-paced, inspirational day with a very significant goal underlying it all – to transform health care by improving patient outcomes and reducing cost through innovative technology, training, research and collaboration.

Announced back in February, Jump ARCHES is a partnership between Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering.

Pairing engineers with clinicians, Jump ARCHES aims to create new tools and technologies to be used in clinical simulation, education, and health care.  The Symposium marks the official beginning of this important work.

Jump ARCHES is now accepting proposals for the initial projects that will drive the program in its first year. The submission deadline is November 1st. Paul Pribaz has “high confidence that the inaugural applications are going to be very difficult to judge.”

“It’s not about the technology. It’s about how the technology impacts the care of the patient.”

“Problems present opportunities for engineers,” said Dr. John Vozenilek, Chief Medical Officer at Jump.  “We cannot wait to see the ideas that will be presented to us in the coming days.  We will kick off 2015 with the first project and are eager to report the progress to our audiences.  More importantly, though, we are eager to have an impact on patient care through this revolutionary collaboration.”

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