Children's Health & Safety Association

Issue 43: July 2018

Sunday, 30 June 2013 11:24

Social Networking Available for Children in Hospitals

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June 5, 2013 – Upopolis, a social networking tool for kids is being successfully utilized at Children's Hospital in the London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario. It enables kids to stay connected to their friends, school work, family, and other children in the hospital that are dealing with similar health experiences.

Launched in 2007, Upopolis helps children, families and caregivers deal with stress, pain, and anxiety during hospital stays. Upopolis has the following features:

  1. Personal profiles
  2. Create a blog
  3. Instant chats
  4. Discussion groups
  5. News feed
  6. Kid friendly medical information
  7. Photo uploading
  8. Event calendar
  9. Kids can keep up with school work while away from class

"In keeping with our family-centred approach to health care, we are happy that Upopolis will offer our patients child-friendly toolkits to help with education, diversion and preparation for medical procedures," says Laurie Gould, Executive Vice-President of Patient Care for the London Health Science Centre.

"At Sick Kids, family-centred care is at the heart of everything we do," says Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of Sick Kids Hospital. "Our Child Life Specialists are key players in enhancing the patient experience enabling our kids to continue to be kids while dealing with their health care challenges. The Upopolis network has quickly become an invaluable tool for our specialists as they help our young patients stay connected with their friends and family and engage with other kids dealing with similar challenges. Upopolis is a unique and modern solution that we are delighted to have access to."

social2Upopolis has now expanded to eight hospitals and health organizations in Canada and is the first future friendly technology solution developed by Kids’ Health Links Foundation, in partnership with TELUS and McMaster Children’s Hospital. Their goal is to expand across North America and internationally to enable any child in medical care to join the Upopolis community.

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