Jump ARCHES Endowment Funds University of Illinois N95 Mask Design & Fabrication Proposal

Jump ARCHES is pleased to announce the funding of proposal for the fabrication of personal protective equipment (PPE), namely N95 respirators, for local healthcare systems to help protect their staff against COVID-19. Jump ARCHES is a partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare and HCESC at the University of Illinois.

This proposal was submitted in response to the Jump ARCHES Priority Call that was announced in March to attract projects addressing COVID-19 and other pandemics. The primary investigator of this project from the University of Illinois is Jeremy Guest, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in The Grainger College of Engineering. The co-primary investigators from OSF HealthCare in Peoria are Jared C. Rogers, MD, CPE, FAAFP, Regional President OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center and John F. Kreckman, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana IL, and Brent Cross, Simulation Engineer at Jump Education and Simulation Center, Peoria IL.

Jump Applied Research Center for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) is a partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare and HCESC at the University of Illinois. This partnership provides direct access and competitive grants for engineers and clinicians of every discipline to work together solving problems in healthcare. Over the last four years, this endowment has funded 38 proposals totaling over $2 million to researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, and OSF HealthCare systems. Learn more here.

HCESC Staff Help Develop Illinois RapidVent

Engineers across The Grainger College of Engineering, including team members of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center, have developed the Illinois RapidVent, a working prototype of an emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients.

Due to COVID-19, the United States is experiencing a severe shortage of ventilators for the rising number of patients in need; patients hit hardest by the disease often require ventilators. The pandemic is expected to peak within the month, prompting hospitals statewide to take precautions and companies that manufacture consumer goods to begin manufacturing ventilators instead.

The Grainger College of Engineering, home to thousands of innovators and brilliant minds throughout University history, has made history again with the development of the Illinois RapidVent in just under two weeks. The project began on March 16, 2020, with a team of more than 40 engineers, doctors, medical professionals, designers, and manufacturing experts.

“This is Apollo 13… We have a team of brilliant and dedicated people that made something that actually works in less than one week. It’s very inspiring. We hope that we can engage even more people to work on the global response to COVID-19 as we continue to develop the prototype.”

William King, Professor in The Grainger College of Engineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine

The Health Care Engineering Systems Center is proud to boast its place as home to four of the RapidVent team members:

  • T. Kesh Kesavadas, Director of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center
  • Anusha Muralidharan, Simulation Engineer
  • Harris Nisar, Simulation Engineer
  • Shandra Jamison, Simulation Center Manager at Jump Simulation Center

The Illinois RapidVent has made its design free and accessible to any manufacturer wishing to produce the product. For more information about the Illinois RapidVent, please visit: https://rapidvent.grainger.illinois.edu/index.asp.

How Interactive Mixed Reality Training can help fight COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows in the United States and across the world, many people in your life will be impacted by the disease, whether themselves or a loved one falls ill. Healthcare workers are already struggling to deal with COVID-19 patients: while many people show little to no symptoms and can recover at home, at-risk patients often require a ventilator and intense care, and are exponentially multiplying each day.

States such as New York and Illinois have urged retired healthcare workers and other qualified medical professionals to return and assist frontline medical staff with the expected influx of patients. These volunteers will need to be re-trained to care for patients in hospitals that are quickly reaching capacity, and where up to 40% of the current medical staff may fall ill. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and OSF HealthCare recently developed an Interactive Mixed Reality (IMR) training tool for sepsis, a disease that can be difficult to diagnose and is often fatal if not treated in a timely manner. IMR encompasses both virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), merging real and virtual worlds to produce new learning environments. This tool makes it easier for healthcare providers to diagnose by directing them through sepsis prevention protocol with a 360-degree video recording and annotation, proving the efficacy of new simulated environments in training novice medical professionals. With the COVID-19 pandemic growing, IMR training could easily be adapted to train these volunteer medical professionals in quickly and correctly providing patients the aid they need to survive.

“Simulation technologies such as virtual and augmented reality are becoming more common in medical training,” said T. Kesh Kesavadas, Director of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC) at the University of Illinois. VR and AR are a major focus of HCESC, a research center that fosters collaboration between engineers and physicians. Other areas of focus for HCESC are surgical robotics, health data analytics, and smart health. Kesavadas states, “Our center is at the forefront of developing these technologies as well as software that makes it possible for faculty without programming skills to create IMR scenarios.”

HCESC’s goal is that increasing usability of VR and AR technologies for instructors will make them more widespread in training novice medical professionals and improving existing healthcare processes. These technologies allow students to practice techniques more thoroughly prior to practicing on a simulated or actual patient but are not easy to create; lack of effective software for instructors to easily develop VR curriculum content is a hurdle that HCESC is working diligently to overcome.

In partnership with OSF HealthCare, HCESC has created a software platform that simplifies the creation of IMR. The sepsis protocol training referenced above is comprised of three parts: an integrated, 360-degree video recording of a clinical encounter to provide first-person perspective, rich annotated content, and an assessment questionnaire. “An important part of simulation is including real-world parameters: patient physiology, emotions, and clinical team behaviors all contribute to how successful an encounter might be. Our software platform allows instructors to easily include all these parameters,” Kesavadas said.

“OSF HealthCare is testing VR as a replacement for traditional simulation training for nurses. VR-based software has made this training accessible to nurses in a timely manner at their workstation,” added John Vozenilek, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Innovation and Digital Health at Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare. “We are planning to develop a comprehensive set of curriculum for nursing staff and other health professionals using the new IMR technology.”

HCESC’s sepsis prevention education scenario demonstrates the potential of enhancing simulated medical training by accelerating clinical exposure for novice students. “We conducted an IRB-approved study with 28 novice students to evaluate its efficacy, and proudly concluded that our IMR software is a usable technology,” Kesavadas said. The participants provided feedback by answering demographics, NASA-TLX, and system usability scale questionnaires. “It’s a step towards improving VR-based education content development.”

The portable nature of IMR training allows for quick and easy adoption, ultimately benefitting patients from large hospital complexes to hospitals with limited resources. It would be extremely beneficial in re-training retired/volunteer medical professionals to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Care Engineering Systems Center at Illinois welcomes any collaboration with hospitals wishing to use this technology in training their volunteers. COVID-19 will continue to test our healthcare system, but in doing so will result in brilliant solutions to challenges that face our world.

Jump ARCHES Spring 2020 Special RFP Call

The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) Endowment offers this Request for Proposals to members of faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the health care providers of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and/or OSF HealthCare clinicians.

A special and timely focus for this RFP is proposals addressing digital health, data science, health equities, community health, AI, and related areas in the development of technologies that may address COVID-19, pandemic flu, or similar health crises. The goal of this competitive grant is to improve health care quality and patient safety through the combined efforts of researchers, engineers, clinicians, and social and behavioral scientists.

In particular, proposals which identify future or matching funding from federal, state, county, or other governmental or non-governmental relief organizations will be regarded most favorably. The award is for 1 year of startup/seed money support. Requests for continuing funding will be based upon reported progress.

Questions? View the RFP and application here: Jump ARCHES COVID-19 Application.

Deadline: March 27, 2020.

Please note: the application has been shortened. You must apply through the process outlined in the above PDF.