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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
At Jump Simulation & Education Center, a part of OSF Innovation, Havana High School students gained new perspectives on how innovation is impacting health care. Simulation in health care serves not only to train and educate but to provide insight into challenges and opportunities for improvement in process and product technology. As OSF HealthCare transforms care processes and settings, its team of clinicians and engineers work with each other and external partners to find solutions to radically improve the way care is delivered.
3D printing accelerates innovation and training opportunities at Jump. It is a low-cost way to reliably produce a physical model of a complex shape. These models are used for surgical planning and to create a great opportunity for sharing this information with the world in a library format.
Biomedical engineer, Erik Anderson, illustrated for students how Jump converts real patient data from MRI and CT scans into digital models that can either be 3-D printed or viewed using virtual or augmented reality. For example, Jump Simulation has printed upwards of 50 hearts for pre-surgical planning.
The collaboration between engineers at Jump Simulation and clinicians throughout OSF HealthCare is producing real results with real patients.
That work is expanded through Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (ARCHES), a revolutionary partnership between clinicians within OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to stimulate the advancement of health care.
Jump ARCHES focuses on the technologies and techniques of clinical simulation and its impact on patient care. Jump ARCHES creates new tools using imaging, health information technology, novel materials, and human factors to enhance medical simulation and education at facilities like Jump Sim. It also will create new tools, techniques, and devices for clinical use and treatment. The overall goal is to provide solutions to the biggest problems in health care.
Employment of biomedical engineers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growing technology and its application to medical equipment and devices, along with an aging population, will increase demand for the work of biomedical engineers.
Jump Simulation hosts STEM Saturdays and week-long discovery camps in the summer for students who have an interest in the health care industries. To learn more, contact Jump at 309-677-0810 or visit their website at jumpsimulation.org/events