BC Children’s Hospital, Telus and Kids’ Health Links Foundation today announced the launch of Upopolis, the first secure online social network for kids in hospital care in Western Canada.
Upopolis.com provides social networking for young patients who often feel disconnected when they’re in the hospital. Upopolis provides a personal profile, personal blogs, instant chat and 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.
Through a unique partnership with Kids’ Health Links Foundation, Telus provided the technology to develop and build Upopolis. Telus continues to provide site expansion, ongoing access to Upopolis, managed webhosting and application support. Kid’s Health Links and Telus launched the program last year at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton and since then it is expanding to other hospitals across Canada.