Jump Staff Among Winners of ARCHES Grants

Jump ARCHES is pleased to announce the most recent round of research projects that are sharing $700,000 in funding through the Jump ARCHES endowment. Jump Simulation staff in Peoria, Illinois are leading four of the ventures.

The $62.5 million endowment is a partnership between OSF HealthCare through Jump Simulation and the Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It supports projects between clinicians and engineers developing technologies and devices that could revolutionize medical training and health care delivery.

We highlight our Jump led projects below.

KneeVIEW: A Virtual Education Window for Musculoskeletal Training

Collaborators: Mariana Kersh, PhD (UIUC); Scott Barrows, MA, FAMI (Jump); Dr. Thomas Santoro (UICOMP/OSF HealthCare); David Dominguese, PhD (UICOMP); Anthony Dwyer (UICOMP); Joel Baber, DO (OSF HealthCare) Grace I-Hsuan Hsu, BSc, ALM, MS (Jump) Meenakshy Aiyer, MD, FACP (OSF HealthCare/UICOMP)
The Opportunity: Musculoskeletal maladies are prevalent and increasing in the United States. By age 18, nearly half of the country’s population in 2005 reported injuries or pain related to the muscles, bones and joints and 72% of those over age 75 reported suffering from a musculoskeletal disorder. While orthopedic injuries are among the most common presented to clinicians (15-30%), non-specialists lack the skills needed to perform basic musculoskeletal exams due to a lack of direct exposure to patients as well as less emphasis in this area of medical education.
The Solution: The team leading KneeVIEW is hoping to improve musculoskeletal training for medical students, residents, physicians and nurses with the development of a physical, life-like knee simulator that replicates the biomechanics of the joint. This task trainer, based off real patient MRI and CT data, will be enhanced with the creation of virtual and augmented reality software designed to interact with the physical model via a mobile device or VR headset. The goal is to provide consistent training of the knee anatomy, function, clinical exams and surgical techniques, improving the proficiency and comfort of new and tenured clinicians as well as patient outcomes

Multi-Modal Skin Lesion Identification and Education Simulator

Collaborators: Scott Barrows, MA, FAMI (Jump); Stephen A. Boppart, MD, PhD (UIUC); Thomas Golemon, MD (UICOMP); Brent Cross, BS, MS (Jump)
The Opportunity: Educators in primary care, obstetrics and surgery have searched for a suitable simulation material to replicate skin for years using everything from fruits, vegetables and animal parts to fake skin made mostly of silicone. However, none of these substances has accurately represented skin nor has it portrayed the color, shape, surface area or feel of skin masses and other abnormalities that clinicians should be able to recognize and promptly treat. As a result, educators use models that help novice surgeons advance their operating skills but lack the look and feel of skin lesions they will have to remove in the future.   

The Solution: Winners of the ARCHES grant for this project are taking a three-phase approach to creating realistic synthetic skin models that will eventually replicate the appearance, texture and other characteristics of skin irregularities that clinicians can use to practice diagnosing and treating. In the project’s first phase, the see-through skin models will be placed over a tablet screen that’s displaying 2D surface images of skin lesions. The images will be programmed to automatically adjust, matching the synthetic skin and providing a realistic representation of the skin surface. Future efforts will seek to extend the model to 3D and incorporate additional features.

Heart Failure and Behavior Change: Patient/Provider Interactive Clinical Education App for Mobile Devices

Collaborators: Scott Barrows, MA, FAMI (Jump); Wawrzyniec, Dobrucki, MS, PhD (UIUC); Barry Clemson, MD (OSF HealthCare); Kyle Formella (Jump); Don Halpin, EMBA, MS (Jump); Ann Willemsen-Dunlap, PhD (OSF HealthCare/Jump)
The Opportunity: Clinicians often find it difficult to help patients manage complex medical conditions such as heart failure as it often includes a multifaceted regimen of taking multiple medications, self-care routines and diet and lifestyle changes. In fact, 50-percent of people diagnosed with heart failure nationwide die within a five-year period. Data shows that this doesn’t have to be the case and that even simple interventions can help patients follow through with self-treatment which can reduce the severity of the disease, mortality and readmission rates.
The Solution: The group working on the Heart Failure and Behavior Change ARCHES project is developing an interactive mobile app to support the management of heart failure patients. The app will include interactive 3D visual assets and a repository of information on heart failure. It’s meant to enhance the interaction between providers and patients through engaging game-like activities and an avatar that can interact with patients and serve as medication advisers. If successful, the team wants to build a library of interactive resources to help patients with other complex diseases manage their health.

Interactive Mixed Reality (IMR)-Based Medical Curriculum for Medical Education

Collaborators: Kesh T. Kesavadas, PhD (UIUC); David Crawford, MD (OSF HealthCare/UICOMP); Meenakshy Aiyer, MD, FACP (OSF HealthCare/UICOMP); Jessica Hanks, MD (OSF HealthCare/UICOMP); John Vozenilek, MD (Jump/UICOMP)
The Opportunity: Clinicians are required to continually train in their respective medical fields, ensuring they are maintaining best practices in care and learning about new and developing areas. This is mostly done through reading textbooks, classroom learning, practical lab sessions and workplace training. However, applying this knowledge can be difficult as it relies on exposure to real clinical cases which may be limited. Adult professional learners are also looking for educational opportunities that allow them to study independently and are based on past experiences and contextual knowledge.
The Solution: This group leading this effort combines the strengths of Jump and HCESC to develop a highly immersive platform for adult professional learners using Interactive Mixed Reality, a combination of virtual reality and 360-degree video of real-world scenarios. The hope is to help providers and instructors effortlessly create interactive medical training simulation content. Future goals of the platform are to provide an easy, immersive and portable method for adult clinicians to maintain, acquire and improve current knowledge while continuing communication with health care education centers charged with improving patient safety and efficiency of care.

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Since its inception, the Jump ARCHES program has funded nearly 25 projects, some of which have gone on to receive national funding from the National Science Foundation and the Carver Charitable Trust.

The next round of applicants should focus their efforts on projects to improve the undergraduate medical education experience. A request for proposals and deadline will be announced at a future date. 
Categories: Augmented Reality (AR), Bioengineering, Clinical Simulation, Engineering, Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC), Innovation, Research, Simulation, Telehealth, Virtual Reality (VR)