Jump ARCHES Endowment-funded N95 Mask Design & Proposal Update

The Health Care Engineering Systems Center (HCESC), part of The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is pleased to report on the significant progress of a proposal to develop personal protective equipment (PPE), namely N95 respirators, for local healthcare systems to help protect their staff against COVID-19. The proposal was funded by the Jump ARCHES endowment, a partnership between Jump Simulation and Education Center at OSF HealthCare and HCESC at the University of Illinois.

The team, led by principal investigator Jeremy Guest, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, has developed prototypes in collaboration with ShapeMaster, Inc. in Ogden, IL. The first quantitative fit test was performed at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL, where the team found that their N95 respirator mask prototype outperformed disposable N95 masks for fit and seal. The second round of fit testing is currently taking place at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana. After the current round of testing is finished, next steps include minor modifications to the design, additional prototype fabrication, and further testing including NIOSH filtration testing at a certified laboratory. Once final prototyping, fabrication, and testing are completed, the team will post the open-source designs online for anyone to manufacture.

“The goal of this project is to leverage the collective resources and expertise of the University of Illinois, OSF HealthCare, Carle Foundation Hospital, ShapeMaster, and other local groups to respond to the urgent and sustained need for N95 respirators,” said principal investigator Jeremy Guest. “The team is working to develop a clear, NIOSH-compliant N95 respirator that, with filter cartridge replacement, can be sanitized and reused for weeks or months.” The PPE shortage has forced many healthcare providers to reuse disposable masks that are intended for only one use. This project will both help alleviate that problem and make it easier on those who are deaf or hard of hearing to read the lips of people wearing the clear masks.

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. Guest’s co-primary investigators from OSF HealthCare in Peoria are Jared C. Rogers, MD, CPE, FAAFP, and John F. Kreckman, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAFP. In addition to affiliates from OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois, the team has been working with Carle Foundation Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, ShapeMaster, Inc., and TEKMILL to develop the respirator. 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 about Jump ARCHES here.

Jump ARCHES Summer Internship Goes Virtual for 2020

The highlight of our summer is hosting the Jump ARCHES Summer Internship, a two-month program that provides undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Illinois with the opportunity to work with Jump ARCHES grant recipients on their projects. While we’re eagerly awaiting our return to campus in the fall, many aspects of the university continue to function online, including the Jump ARCHES Summer Internship.

At the beginning of the pandemic when we were unsure whether the internship could take place in-person, the concept of pivoting to online learning was still daunting. As companies across the globe began to cancel or shorten internship programs both for practical and financial reasons, we knew we could make a virtual internship work at HCESC.

“Being able to provide internships to students is so important, and I’m grateful to be a part of an organization that has continued to offer this experience during this uncertain time,” said Lydia Lee, Simulation Engineer at HCESC. “Although transitioning the internship to be completely virtual wasn’t easy, I’m glad that we were able to onboard all the interns successfully with projects that they are excited about!”

Out of our 11 interns, seven of them are studying Computer Engineering or Computer Science, three are studying Electrical Engineering, one is studying Mechanical Engineering, and one is studying for their MS in Library and Information Science. Many of the projects they are working on are centered around using virtual reality technology. Junior in Computer Science Jacqueline Chen said, “There are a lot of really cool projects happening that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see or work on. I’ve definitely increased my understanding of the kinds of skills and tasks research involves and have grown as a result of this process.”

This internship is unique in that it provides engineering students with the opportunity to apply what they learn in class to healthcare, a core value of HCESC and Jump ARCHES. Junior in Mechanical Engineering Peter Chien said, “I love that I’m able to leverage my strengths in mechanical design and product development to spearhead the hardware aspects of my project. I also have the opportunity to work extensively with electronics and programming, allowing me to grasp crucial skills and concepts I wouldn’t otherwise find in my standard university curriculum. I truly believe [the project I am working on] has the potential to be scaled up and implemented in the real world for disinfecting facilities, which is a use-case more relevant now than ever before due to COVID-19.”

Another exciting aspect of the virtual internship is that it allows students to partake in research from all across the globe, when normally they would either need to stay at their on-campus apartment or find a summer sublease. From Champaign, to Abu Dhabi, to South Korea, our 11 interns are becoming pros at navigating research from afar! The interns meet as a group every Friday over Zoom to discuss the progress they have made each week on their projects.

We look forward to spotlighting our interns and the projects they are working on throughout the summer! Stay tuned here on our website and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Spring 2020 Jump ARCHES Grants Focus on Rapid Solutions for COVID-19 Response

Seventeen research projects are sharing nearly $800,000 in funding through the Jump ARCHES research and development program. The Jump Applied Research for Community Health through Engineering and Simulation (Jump ARCHES) program is a partnership between OSF HealthCare and The Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana-Champaign.

These projects were submitted to an unprecedented special call for Jump ARCHES proposals to address COVID-19, pandemics, and other public health crises through smart health, data analytics, AI, and other technologies. The ARCHES program supports research involving clinicians, engineers, and social scientists from OSF HealthCare, University of Illinois, and U of I College of Medicine in Peoria (UICOMP) to develop technologies and devices that could revolutionize medical training and health care delivery.

A requirement of the grant applications was for solutions that could be deployed quickly, within four to six weeks.

“In this crisis mode where we are all working to leverage Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center and our talents to improve service for patients affected by COVID-19, the synergistic effect of engineering and clinical service breaks down traditional barriers and gets us more quickly to much-needed solutions,” said
Dr. John Vozenilek, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Jump Simulation Center in Peoria.

“When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, we felt that it was our responsibility to help researchers find solutions,” said T. Kesh Kesavadas, of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center at U of I at Urbana-Champaign and Engineer-in-Chief of Jump ARCHES.

View a brief summary of each project here.

A Message from the Director – T. Kesh Kesavadas

The health care and engineering fields are home to some of the world’s brightest minds and most groundbreaking technologies. When combined, I believe that we can rise to the challenge of conquering the most difficult and frightening of tasks. Today, we have COVID-19 consuming every facet of our lives, testing our health care systems and our abilities to work together.

The Health Care Engineering Systems Center at Illinois (HCESC) is proud to contribute in the fight against COVID-19. Most prominently, we have formed a COVID-19 Task Force to assist both the local and the university community in planning for and predicting the spread of COVID-19 in the state of Illinois. The Task Force consists of leading computer scientists and health care professionals from The Grainger College of Engineering and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and OSF HealthCare have been extremely helpful in collecting and distributing data to the Task Force on a daily basis.

The Task Force has launched a COVID-19 webpage on the Health Care Engineering Systems Center site to share the latest information and resources.  The webpage also provides direct connections to various centers and faculty in the campus community with expertise in community health and data analytics. The page is updated daily with local data and regularly with blog features regarding developments in the campus community towards COVID-19.

HCESC has been working with Carle Foundation Hospital and OSF HealthCare’s COVID-19 preparedness groups to assist them through tele-medicine. Our tele-medicine group has been working to identify and deploy sensors that will monitor patients at home with the goal of reducing the influx of patients to emergency departments. This will have a tremendous impact on our community’s ability to combat COVID-19 and allow hospital capacity for anyone in need of treatment. Additional areas being explored are computation modeling different patient physiological conditions to test ventilators as a cyber-physical system.

Jump Simulation Center at the University of Illinois, an important part of HCESC, is actively engaged in several COVID-19 research projects, most notably the Illinois RapidVent. We have been testing the Illinois RapidVent on patient simulators as well as creating a virtual reality training module on using the device. I would like to extend praise to HCESC and Jump Simulation Center team members Harris Nisar and Shandra Jamison for their hard work on this project. Anusha Muralidharan is also working hard on the PPE stream to test fitness and performance of the filtration systems in the simulation center.

In early March, we announced a Jump ARCHES priority call for proposals in need of immediate funding for COVID-19 and pandemic-related research projects. Over the last two weeks we have helped over twenty investigators to form research teams while also setting immediate research goals for the COVID-19 priority call. We are impressed at the wide range of research that investigators have proposed in this priority call from design of new techniques for rapid testing of viruses to using AI for modeling. We are expecting to make several high-impact awards in the coming days. One award we are excited to contribute towards is to address the needs of N95 masks for front line healthcare providers in our local community. Jump ARCHES has funded this proposal by primary investigator Jeremy Guest of UIUC and co-primary investigators Jared C. Rogers and John F. Kreckman of OSF HealthCare, and Brent Cross of Jump Education and Simulation Center. You can read more about this project here.

I am also pleased to note that we plan to continue the popular Jump ARCHES summer internship this year as a virtual internship program. We plan on providing students with kits that they can use at home to work on health care projects.

Finally, we are happy to report that the COVID-19 Virtual Summit, which was held on April 6, 2020, was very productive and informational. This summit brought together healthcare providers, industry professionals, and experts in data to discuss research, ideas, outcomes, and challenges regarding COVID-19. The summit was open to the public and over 125 people participated. If you would like more information or to view a recording of the summit, please visit this page.

We are working with the campus to provide a safe community for students this fall. I am confident that the health care engineering field will make significant contributions in combatting COVID-19 and future pandemic illnesses that our world may face. While times may be difficult now and in the near future, I trust that we will emerge from this situation with groundbreaking technologies and a profound sense of community that will assist us in facing any challenges the future may bring.

Thank you for reading. Stay safe, stay healthy, and do your part.

Sincerely,

T. Kesh Kesavadas

Director, Health Care Engineering Systems Center

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.

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.

Major Jump ARCHES Expansion of $50 Million Announced

Exciting news for the Jump ARCHES partnership was announced in July, 2019! Read the full details here from the Grainger College of Engineering 

The Jump ARCHES Expansion Celebration and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on October 9, 2019 at the Colonnades Room at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL. Please see the video below and join us in celebrating the expansion of our program!