The OSF Innovation team defined four areas that will encompass all of our innovation efforts. These areas guide our investments and activities in innovation, ensuring they serve the most important needs of our Ministry.

Simulation in health care has powerful potential to educate and train those seeking a career in medicine. Simulation also provides insights into common health care concerns such as communication issues among clinicians and having access to proper medical technologies needed to provide the best care possible.

OSF HealthCare, through Jump Simulation and the University of Illinois, is expanding its use of simulation to design novel solutions in health care. We simulate situations that have been identified as areas for concern from throughout the health care system and create a cohort of engineers and clinicians that observe, rethink, re-tool and re-define uncommon solutions for common challenges to ensure better care for all. Our end-to-end research, design and engineering is a unique offering in the health care simulation space. Our clinicians, developers and investors allow us to bring new ideas from concept, to thoroughly tested solutions, to reality.

A frontrunner among health care simulation centers in the world, Jump Simulation and U of I have been collaborating on this type of work since the opening of Jump Simulation & Education Center in 2013. These collaborative efforts within our dedicated labs are changing how health care is delivered.

Half of a community’s health is attributed to social, economic and physical environment factors. And 46 percent of the households OSF serves are low income with 22 percent below the poverty level. These are individuals who are struggling with issues like hunger, unemployment and homelessness. Because of the cost of health care, it’s likely the people in this population won’t seek medical care until there’s an emergency.

We are working to find new ways to engage this population through new business models, care delivery and preventive care.

Core to the Mission of OSF, we want to remove any barriers to health care for disadvantaged individuals by partnering with organizations outside of the industry and working with the communities we serve to find effective solutions. It involves working with civic leaders, local food banks, homeless shelters, housing authorities and government entities to change current behaviors and create new futures.

The elderly are the fastest growing population across the U.S. In fact, more than 10,000 baby boomers age into Medicare every day in this country, making it essential for the health care industry to create ways to keep costs down while still serving this age group to the best of their abilities.

OSF understands the growing health care needs of our nation and world. We estimate the population of those 65 and older to increase nearly 14 percent by 2020. To keep up with demand and remain sustainable, we are developing innovative solutions to keep this population healthy and active, provide services to keep them out of high cost areas like nursing homes and allow them to retain their identities as contributors to society doing the things they love for as long as possible.

It’s our goal to transform how end-of-life planning, geriatrics, home care and assisted living are addressed and delivered, empowering the elderly and their caregivers to make the right choices for themselves and honor the dignity of life at every stage.

The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a shortage of up to 94,500 physicians by 2025 with some communities already experiencing a deficit in primary and specialty care physicians. This is magnified in rural areas where only 9 percent of physicians choose to locate their practices.

The solution requires thinking differently about how we, as a health care system, deploy health care and wellness programs. It means transforming our traditional model of care and expanding access in ways we haven’t tried before—coordinated care teams, telemedicine and augmented self-care.

We are developing a number of ways to empower our patients to care for themselves more effectively through avenues like virtual care or at-home diagnostics. Radical access innovation also focuses on building communities that foster health care beyond the hospital, making a healthy community everyone’s priority.