OSF HealthCare Partnering with NIH and AHA to Create Online Medical Journal for 3D Hearts

10/24/2016 - Peoria, Illinois

  • Attendees of Cor Nexus event discuss the 3D modeling of hearts.

  • Dr. Matthew Bramlet gets interviewed by a Chicago Tribune reporter.

  • Dr. Matthew Bramlet holds a 3D printed heart with congenital defects in his hands.

OSF HealthCare and the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange are developing a partnership with the American Heart Association to establish the Jump Simulation-curated 3D Heart Library as an online medical journal where experts specializing in 3D heart modeling can review and validate models submitted by clinicians world-wide. The 3D Heart Library is an open-source digital repository of hearts with congenital defects on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.

Representatives from the NIH and AHA as well as physicians specializing in 3D modeling from OSF, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, George Washington University School of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the University of Washington recently met in Chicago for a roundtable discussion as part of the effort.

Dr. Matthew Bramlet, Director of the Jump Advanced Imaging and Modeling Program at OSF HealthCare, is working with the AHA-Midwest Affiliate to develop interest in creating accuracy and quality standards for the 3D Heart library, and transition it to a national AHA-backed database. 

“There are many physicians utilizing 3D modeling for the treatment of congenital heart disease, but there aren’t any best practices for utilizing the technology,” said Dr. Bramlet. “Establishing a peer-review process will drive standardization and increase the quality of 3D digital models around the world.”

Dr. Bramlet shares a vision with the NIH for the 3D Heart Library to be a model for subsequent anatomic libraries that could develop as 3D modeling expands to other medical specialties such as orthopedics.

The gathering is part of the AHA’s Cor Nexus Series in partnership with OSF. The roundtable discussions bring together subject matter experts in cardiology to discuss different ways they can make a tangible difference in the fight against heart disease and stroke. The series leads up to a larger Heart Innovation Forum in Chicago in November.

“Our hope is to provide a platform for idea sharing and collaboration while leveraging our community of experts to reduce the barriers to life-saving technology,” said Liz Andrews, Senior Vice President of Health Strategies at the AHA-Midwest Affiliate. “By defining and establishing standardized processes for the use of 3D modeling in diagnosing and treating heart patents, we know we can improve surgical outcomes and better educate the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

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