Telus backs Upopolis.com with technology

Telus is continuing the festive season by building a partnership to help kids’ with Upopolis.com -the first secure online social network for kids in hospital care. Kids’ Health Links Foundation (KHLF), McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) and Telus are the partners in this venture.
Powered by Telus, Upopolis.com provides the best features of social networking for young patients who often feel isolated when they’re in the hospital. Upopolis will provide a personal profile, secure mail, instant chat, discussion boards, personal blogs and links to child-friendly games. The site also provides unique features to kids in hospital like a homework site to stay up-to-date with their schoolwork, links to kid-friendly health and wellness information, and connections to other children with the same condition.
“Upopolis is an exceptional program for children in hospital,” said Dr. Steer, President, McMaster Children’s Hospital. “Hospital stays can be the most challenging time of a child’s life and so it is important that we make every effort to help alleviate stress for these children and their families and keep them connected to loved ones and friends. Kids’ Health Links Foundation and our partners on the Upopolis initiative are paving the way with innovative technology in caring for the whole child.”
Through a unique partnership with Kids’ Health Links Foundation, Telus is providing a gift of technology services to develop Upopolis. Telus helped build the site and, over the course of the partnership, it will continue to provide site expansion, ongoing access to Upopolis.com, managed Web hosting, and application support and maintenance services.