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Advancing Simulation Beyond Education

Written on December 15, 2016 at 9:10 am, by

Simulation in health care has powerful potential. For years, it’s been utilized to educate and train those seeking a career in medicine. It’s also been leveraged as a way to provide insights into latent health system flaws such as communication issues among clinicians or whether a medical facility has all the essential tools it needs to provide the best care possible.

u-of-i-innovation-space OSF HealthCare, through Jump Simulation and the University of Illinois, is expanding its use of simulation even further by leveraging it to design novel solutions in health care. The idea is to simulate problems discovered throughout the health care system so that engineers and clinicians can observe and brainstorm ways to fix these issues.

Using simulation as a design tool is still fairly new to health care systems around the U.S. But Jump Simulation and U of I have been collaborating on this type of work since the opening of Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center, so much so that there are now dedicated labs for these collaborative efforts in the newly minted space within Jump called OSF Innovation.

Four Labs, One Purpose

All four labs are located on the fourth floor of the Jump facility. Two will be dedicated to the ongoing work Jump Sim has established with the University of Illinois’ Colleges of Medicine and Engineering through Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (ARCHES). The other two rooms are committed to projects in Advanced Imaging and Modeling.

All four assignments pair clinicians and engineers to develop medical education technology that will advance the clinical agenda at OSF. This is part of a larger effort by the University of Illinois re-thinking how it innovates around curriculum.

Two of the projects utilizing innovation lab space were recently awarded a continuation of Jump ARCHES funding. One team of individuals from OSF HealthCare, U of I, Illinois Neurological Institute, and Bradley University is creating a device to teach young health care professionals to practice feeling and identifying abnormal muscle behaviors in patients with brain lesions. The goal is to expand training to more than just neurologists so that OSF can increase the number of patients served.

The second development is focused on producing an avatar-based system to communicate with patients at the time of discharge so they fully understand their medical instructions before going home. The system could also be used to train medical students to communicate with patients in a simulated environment. The
dikshant-pradhan-working-on-orthopedic-trainerultimate goal of the project led by clinicians and engineers from U of I and OSF is to reduce readmission rates at area hospitals.

The two labs devoted to work in Advanced Imaging and Modeling are leveraging virtual and augmented reality technologies like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive to revolutionize how clinicians and radiologists view anatomy and advance how human anatomy is taught to medical students.

Nurture, Validate and Disseminate

The intention of committing space for collaborative work among clinicians and engineers is to support teams with great ideas and provide technical and clinical expertise to advance their projects. Each of the teams selected to use the lab space within Jump will get to do so for up to a year. From there, these ventures can be validated within the simulation space at Jump and throughout the OSF Healthcare System.

Completed projects could eventually find a home within the University of Illinois’ curriculum and disseminated to its various medical campuses. It’s this ongoing collaboration between OSF and U of I that makes Jump Simulation a one-of-a-kind facility.

Inspiring Girls to Change the World

Written on July 16, 2015 at 8:09 am, by

The fields of science and engineering continue struggling to attract women. A 2014 National Science Foundation report found that just 13% of engineers in the United States are female. This is a detriment to industries looking for the brightest minds to solve the biggest problems. It’s especially true in health care as hospitals all over the country work to revolutionize how care is provided.


Last week, Jump welcomed two summer camps targeted at getting more young women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers. Both camps really helped these individuals understand how engineering and medicine converge.


The first camp to roll through our facility was called Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering and Science (GAMES). The University of Illinois College of Engineering coordinates the summer activity.

Jump staff showed participants how the sensors in simulators can mimic physiological conditions in people like blood flow, heart rates, and pupil dilation. At least a couple of the participants in the camp said they were unaware of how medicine fits into the medical world.

“Whenever I thought of bioengineering, I always thought of producing medical prosthetics. I never knew you could be responsible for creating simulators to better train doctors,” said one GAMES attendee.

Jump Simulation Engineer Lela DiMonte shows 3D printed hearts to girls camp.The young women also got to see how Jump engineers take images of hearts from a CT scan or MRI and convert them to 3D prints. Jump Simulation Engineer Lela DiMonte made that presentation. She told the girls it’s easy to feel outnumbered in the field of engineering. But she says she never felt dissuaded to pursue her bioengineering dreams.

“I’d say there are a lot of opportunities for young women to get started in the fields of medicine and engineering as early as high school. The sooner you get your foot in the door, the more opportunities open up.”

DiMonte knows this very well. She started working for Jump three years ago as a graduate student. She’s now full-time and works to create 3D models for surgical planning.

4G STEM Camp for Girls

Jump also welcomed the so-called 4G (Girls + Games +Gadgets = Genius!) STEM camp for 7th and 8th grade girls. The camp is made possible through a partnership made up of Bradley University Center for STEM Education, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Workforce Alliance Central Illinois, The Office of Math, Science and Engineering Technology Education at UIUC, and the University of Illinois Extension.

The goal of this camp is to be a transformative experience for participants. It will also help increase the size and diversity of the local STEM workforce. About 55 girls were at Jump to learn about everything from dissection to soft skills training.

Transformation can’t happen without innovative ideas. Innovative ideas can’t be limited to one gender, ethnicity, or socio-economic class. That’s why Jump continues to open its doors to all kinds of young people. We want to make sure they understand the various opportunities available in the fields of medicine and bioengineering. We hope the next generation of innovators is truly representative of the best minds in America.

Our Interns Solve Difficult Problems

Written on June 11, 2015 at 8:29 am, by

Written by Paul Pribaz, Executive Director of Innovation

Young talent roams the halls of Jump every single day, and I’m not just talking about the staff, clinicians-in-training or the medical professionals.

Jump accepts interns throughout the year to help us with different projects. There are more than 20 working with us this summer. Our engineering team is bustling with a majority of them.

14 engineering students are helping us solve some difficult problems in simulation training. There are no interns here running for coffee orders or filing paperwork.

We were almost overwhelmed with the number and quality of applicants for our engineering internship this year. In fact, there were more than 80 college sophomores and juniors from around the country who applied to receive an internship with our Innovation team.


What Will They Be Doing?

It’s important to note that you don’t have to leave Peoria to solve difficult problems facing various industries, including health care.

Our interns, with the help of experienced mentors, are at the forefront of developing technology and tools that can better train our medical professionals and result in better outcomes for our patients.

This is our largest group of summer engineering interns yet, so we’ve divided them into three teams that will work on different projects. Some are working right here at Jump while some were assigned to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Some of our engineering interns working on their projects. One team is tasked with immersing itself into the clinical environment—spending time with practicing clinicians and understanding the workflow in the hospital and other medical spaces.

The group will try to determine where the training gaps are in our clinical practice and do research on what types of prototypes are needed to fill those gaps.

The second group is working to create prototypes on projects we’ve already identified as crucial needs for clinical training. Team members will focus their efforts on developing a cardiac surgery trainer, a device that helps clinical teams recognize sepsis early, and a deep vein thrombosis trainer that would augment the existing Dr. Doppler trainer system.

The last group of engineering students is working more closely on our day to day simulation operations to ensure the current training we’re providing is as robust and realistic as possible.

We feel like we have an unbelievably talented group, and we’re excited about what these young minds will produce.

Keep an eye and ear out for #jumpintern on our social media channels throughout the summer for updates on the work they will be doing.

The Engineering Interns of 2015

Ashita Mohile, Abhishek Deshpande (Champaign), Nicole Korp, Brent Cross, Erik Anderson, Lauren Grant (Champaign), Tushar Kesavadas (Champaign), Tyler Sierzega, Audra Storm, Lauren Penrose, Peter Shyu, Bryan Zhao (Champaign), Crystal Ponce (Champaign), Bryan Cline (Champaign)

See some of what last year’s interns worked on.