Innovation really isn’t a new concept for OSF. Our founding Sisters have continued to be visionaries in the delivery of health care for more than a century. Innovation in health care is about developing new processes and solutions to complex community health issues.

We are working hard to find ways to deliver more coordinated care to the patients we serve at a lower cost. We’re shifting our entire organizational strategy, and integrating innovation throughout the Ministry is a large component of that.

This involves the Analytics, Education, Research, and TeleHealth Divisions with support from Information Technology, Marketing and Communication, and the Supply Chain. Many of these departments, including Performance Improvement and the ARCHES program, will soon move together to the third and fourth floors of the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center to continue to foster collaboration and innovation.

OSF HealthCare and Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center leaders last year joined Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Senator Dick Durbin and the heads of more than 50 health IT, medical device, diagnostic and biopharma startup companies to open MATTER Chicago.

MATTER is a not-for-profit organization developed by a team of entrepreneurs and industry leaders from a range of fields including health care IT, medical devices, diagnostics and biopharma who are passionate about creating products and services that advance the health care industry.

“Our involvement in MATTER puts us on the frontlines of health care technology development,” said Jump Executive Director Matthew Warrens. “We will get a first-hand look at emerging technologies, be able to mentor the entrepreneurs developing those technologies, and an opportunity to bring those innovations here to Jump to further refine or to deploy throughout the OSF HealthCare Ministry to benefit our patients.”

Jump will help in the development and operation of the simulation space in the Chicago-based incubator for health care companies. Jump, OSF and University of Illinois College of Medicine experts will advise entrepreneurs and assist in the development of new health care innovations. OSF HealthCare is the largest health care system partner in MATTER.

CEO of OSF HealthCare Kevin Schoeplein stated, “We are excited about our involvement in Matter. It aligns very well with our Vision to lead the transformation of health care.  We see our collaborative efforts with others involved in MATTER as a way to help understand and help shape how innovations in technology, diagnostics, and information technology positively impact the overall cost of health care as well as improving the health of our patients and our communities.”

OSF HealthCare was excited and honored to be part of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, an elite group of health systems, health insurers, purchasers, employers and patients who joined together last year to lead sweeping transformation of national health care over the next five years. Through this collaboration, we are working to accomplish the triple aim of health care: Better health for our patients, better care and lower costs.

“OSF HealthCare has always been at the forefront of innovation in health care without ever losing sight of our Mission to serve our patients with the greatest care and love,” said OSF HealthCare Chief Executive Officer Kevin Schoeplein. “Our participation in the Health Care Transformation Task Force is recognition that we are truly leaders in the national efforts to continuously improve our health care system in this country. What makes that work worthwhile is when we see the results in better care for our patients.”

OSF HealthCare is deeply involved in national efforts to transform health care. But that doesn’t mean we’re not exploring ways to deliver better, more coordinated care in our own care settings at the same time.

Last year, OSF HealthCare began a major effort to redesign and improve care in its primary care practices. We took clinicians and other Mission Partners from several offices across the Ministry and brought them together to answer some interesting questions: What if? What if we could provide the most patient-friendly experience? What would that look like? What’s working well now, and what would be even better? What if the care team was even bigger and better resourced?

We dreamed big. More ways for patients to be seen, and more levels of care. Better communication. A care team that included more roles, such as social workers and behavioral health providers. A team that addresses routine and preventive health needs before the patient’s visit, so the patient’s time with the provider can be … the patient’s time.

Once we had a better, more patient-centric plan, we engaged Mission Partners from Information Technology, Human Resources and more to enable the plan. That just leaves the most important piece for 2016 – putting the new plans in place for better patient care.

In March 2015, President Barack Obama gathered a select group of health care leaders in Washington, D.C., to be part of the latest national effort to transform and improve health care in the country. OSF HealthCare CEO Kevin Schoeplein was there.

Schoeplein was present at the announcement of the formation of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. In addition, OSF HealthCare Central Region CEO Bob Sehring participated in closed-door sessions with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to begin identifying solutions to explore in the months ahead.

Only about 100 organizations, including providers, health systems, employers and public health agencies, were invited to this inaugural event. The overarching goal is to work together to move the national health care system away from rewarding health providers for the quantity of care they provide and toward rewarding quality. Just as collaboration is essential for quality patient care, it will be the hallmark of this effort.

Every day there’s preventable harm that occurs to patients in the medical environment due to communication and/or technology errors.

Researchers at Jump are enthusiastic to report that simulated central line training has yielded significantly lower rates of complications associated with central lines placed by resident physicians.

Not only did participants show improvement in confidence, we have seen a definite financial impact and reduction in length of stay. The results indicate that there has been over $1 million in savings.

Doctors all over the world are currently working with so-called “surrogates of anatomy” from CT and MRI scans. These images have a 3D data set but are viewed within the scope of 2D—leaving an opening for different types of interpretation.

The Advanced Imaging and Modeling (AIM) program at Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center is improving the exact replication process of anatomical structures using emerging 3D technologies.

3D modeling can make viewing anatomical images intuitive across all clinical specialties leading to better diagnoses, surgical planning, education, and outcomes. The simplicity of these models also allows for better communication with families.

There is no shortage of new ideas and technology that can be used to improve health care. OSF HealthCare is keeping a finger on the pulse of advances in the ever-evolving world of the industry that could elevate the service we provide.

We are partnering with incubators and accelerators such as MATTER and AVIA to identify ideas we can invest in and adopt in our clinical environments. Investing early allows us to customize these technology platforms and devices for implementation across the Ministry.

One startup OSF has invested in, Regroup Therapy, works using Telehealth technology to pair the right mental health provider with the right demographic region, and have a behavioral intervention with individual patients at the right time.

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center is working to ensure our regional hospitals have what they need to take the best care of our small patients. Jump is doing that by bringing simulation into those hospitals.

Performing in situs in regional hospitals can provide insight into how medical employees are working and communicating as a team to solve problems. It also helps clinicians determine if they have all the equipment they need in an emergency, and if those supplies are in an easily accessible place. Jump is helping hospitals close any gaps in care.

The Jump team makes an effort to ensure everyone involved in the simulation is comfortable. Managers are not allowed to watch the in situs in progress, nor do they get a report on individual performances. They only receive a summary on equipment needs and processes that can be improved.