Summer Engineering Intern Projects Move into the Home Stretch

As one of the bioengineers overseeing the work of our 2018 engineering interns, I am amazed at what this group has achieved since the end of May. The eight teams are into their sixth week of turning their ideas into solutions on various projects.

As part of their work, we’ve asked these teams to keep us updated on their progress through weekly blogs. They, most recently, presented their progress at a presentation in front of Jump Simulation leaders. Take a look at what the teams have done so far!

Bedside STEAM: This team consists of Ana Valles (University of Illinois), Jakob Plotts (Bradley University), Diana Slater (U of I), Ashley Roberts (U of I), Surbhi Kalra (Illinois Institute of Technology), Reid Jockisch (U of I), Rachel Andersen (U of I), Toni Mullens (St. Jude Catholic School-Peoria), Eamon Bracht (U of I) and Parth Shah (University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria). They are working with Jump Simulation bioengineers, Harris Nisar and Sister M. Pieta to design a widget or asset that can be used to teach students participating in our newly launched Bedside STEAM program offered at the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

This group initially had the idea to create a sort of Rube Goldberg machine to help users learn about the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The goal was for learners to build a personal avatar using 3D printed parts that would trigger an augmented reality (AR) application. The app would identify different parts of the body system as users continue adding 3D printed parts. Through multiple interviews with nurses, patients, parents, child life specialists and education experts, the team has decided to have students work towards building a robot avatar. After completing a lesson, users will get a 3D robot part, with the goal of accumulating all the parts and putting them together at the end through a fun game.

Education: Max Vonachen (University of Dayton), in collaboration with the Jump Simulation education team, is focusing on gathering historic cost data to determine the expenses associated with running simulation curriculum per year. In addition, he is developing a database to track education curriculum intake requests and current simulation curriculum. 

Healthcare Analytics: The members of this team working with Healthcare Analytics are Steven Gallagher (BU) and Justin Blommer (Arizona State University). They are working with the Healthcare Analytics teams to re-develop an analytics dashboard executives use to evaluate how OSF HealthCare is performing as a whole. This team has quickly developed three versions of this tool for leaders to consider. They are in the process of developing a final product.

Human-Centered Design: Surbhi Kalra (Illinois Institute of Technology) is working with the Human-Centered Design, Complex Solutions Innovation and Healthcare Analytics teams to research how OSF HealthCare can partner with a community-based service organization to keep the communities they serve healthy. Kalra has been interviewing stakeholders on the direction of this project and will be putting together a roadmap for how to move forward.

Food Security Project: Nathaniel Prather (Indiana University) is working with the Complex Solutions Innovation team to help frame the case for a food security program for areas that need it the most. He is working on an assessment of the current state of food insecurity throughout our OSF HealthCare communities. He will be synthesizing quantitative, qualitative and current state food data throughout our Ministry, and understanding the magnitude of the problem’s effect on the lives of those we serve. Prather’s work also includes reaching out to health care systems that have successfully launched programs to address this issue, gathering information from organizations that serve those in need and assessing the possibilities for solution implementation for our Ministry.

Pre-pharmacy Immersion Program: Neeti Gandhi (Purdue University) is helping the Jump education group create a hands-on program and curriculum for a pre-pharmacy immersion course to be offered to college students interested in this field. Ghandi has spent much of her time researching and understanding pharmacy programs and what pharmacists do on a daily basis. This includes interviewing multiple pharmacists to learn the most important aspects of a pharmacy program. She is also researching how simulation can be utilized in the curriculum.

These teams will wrap up their work at the end of July and will present their final projects for their work to leaders within OSF Innovation and OSF Children’s Hospital. We look forward to the seeing how these ideas are wrapped up and deployed over the next year.
Categories: 3D Printing, Augmented Reality (AR), Children's Hospital of Illinois (CHOI), Collaboration, Engineering, Innovation, Internships, Medical Students, Medical Visualization, St. Jude Catholic School, STEM, Virtual Reality (VR)