Engineering Interns: A Part of the Innovation Process

It’s been nearly a year since the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center became the central hub for innovative activity within OSF HealthCare. Simulation, Education, Medical Visualization, Healthcare Analytics, Performance Improvement, TeleHealth, Innovation Partnerships and OSF Ventures staff are all in one, open concept location where they can join forces to solve health care’s most complex problems.
With this collaborative environment, we at Jump, have an opportunity to make an even larger impact with our annual Engineering Internship program. Now in its fifth year, collegiate students from all over the U.S. have competed to be part of this one-of-a-kind experience where participants receive the mentorship necessary to design, prototype and ultimately bring to market ideas for health care simulators and other devices.
The program now includes medical students and engineering students with business backgrounds and has been expanded to include the opportunity for interns to be immersed in the clinical setting to identify gaps in training and conduct research on ways to fill those gaps; they are also joining professional teams working on everything from educational video game development and improving patient access to making a positive impact on readmission rates within the OSF Healthcare System.
29 interns were accepted in this year’s program. Participants have been divided into groups working on six different projects throughout OSF Innovation. 

2017 Summer Projects 

MedVis: The MedVis Team is made up of Eric Ou (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Jacqueline Mason (UIC). They are primarily working with University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP) faculty to design new materials to increase the effectiveness of educational content. This includes working with Dr. David Pinson to redesign visual course materials for his clinical pathology course. In addition, the team is working to finalize materials for a C-Diff video game and to create a concept for an interactive 3D cardiac cycle module.
Analytical Innovation: The Analytical Innovation team consist of Justin Bloomer (Arizona State University), Mathew Schaeffer (UIC) and Steven Gallagher (Bradley University) and is collaborating with Healthcare Analytics to improve patient access to care, increase throughput and minimize market losses.
Social Innovation: The Social Innovation team includes Michelle Williams (UICOMP), Ryan Nierstedt (University of Pittsburg) and Shawn Patel (UIC). They are helping to improve a system used to identify patients at-risk for hospital readmission. The group will also utilize Healthcare Analytics to determine cost savings if the emergency department is avoided.
Build: The Build team is comprised of Michael Williams (Purdue University), Nell Kristie (Saint Louis University), Nick Principi (Bradley University), Noah Junis (Arizona State University), Julia Evancho (Dunlap High School) and Logan Plack (Purdue University). This group is working on projects from two main sources: the clinical immersion team and the SPARK program. The SPARK program allows nurses and other frontline clinicians to submit ideas, these ideas are then vetted by an engineering lead and a clinical lead. The Clinical Immersion team talks with clinicians to create solutions for identified opportunities in the medical field.
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Clinical Immersion: The Clinical Immersion group involves Aashay Patel (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Ashley Roberts (UIUC), Mallory Wall (UIUC), Noah Huh (UICOMP), Ryan Fitzgerald (UIUC), Kajal Sachdev (UIC) and Kareem Al-Qadi (UIUC). The goal of this team is to work with OSF Innovation Mission Partners and enter the clinical environment to search for clinical gaps in the training and education of medical professionals. Through interviews with health care professionals, an extensive product distillation process, market and IP research, this team comes up with viable ideas for simulation trainers and other devices.
Simulation Community: The Simulation Community team is made up of Jonathan Gootee (Creighton Medical School), Kate Magee (Clemson University), Vishwaarth Vijayakumar (UIC), Alexa Rusch (Southern Illinois University) and Sam Swain (UIUC). They are responsible for helping to create an open-access online community for medical simulation professionals focused on sharing detailed instructions for the creation of different medical simulation trainers. The overarching goal is that by sharing these trainers, the medical simulation community can come together to further the clinical education experience and improve the preparedness of future doctors.
Simulation Product (Shoulder Dislocation Trainer): The Simulation Product group consists of Kevin Kerr (UIC), Nasir Harris (UIUC) and Katherine Walton (UIUC). This team is developing a prototype shoulder dislocation task-trainer under the guidance of Dr. Miguel Ramirez. This simulation device will be used to teach medical students how to reduce a dislocated shoulder and has been identified as a trainer with high commercialization potential. 

Getting an Experience Like No Other 

As the 2017 interns continue their work this summer, Jump Simulation will highlight the students and some of the projects they are developing on social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to meet the young minds making a difference in health care at OSF.

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