Through its partnership with Microsoft Canada and Children’s Miracle Network, McMaster Children’s Hospital has officially launched the CLICK (Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids) Program. CLICK has been designed to improve the patient experience through the power of play and create a sense of normalcy for children who experience hospitalizations for any length of time.
CLICK provides access to technology, Tablet PCs, software, HD webcams, digital cameras, projectors, Xbox, Kinect and more to hospitalized children during their stay. Various games and internet applications offered through CLICK can provide distraction, reassurance and reduce anxiety and stress. Some of these activities include computers for playing games, access to Internet search engines and social networks, e-mail, creating personal blogs, posting messages, tracking homework assignments and chatting online with families and friends.
“Microsoft is committed to CLICK because we have seen how technology can change the patient experience. Microsoft has supported CLICK in 4 other hospitals. This is something we strongly believe in,” said Michael Eisen, Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Canada. “Our goal is to make sure hospitalized children are not isolated and have creative tools to get their minds back on having fun.”
As part of the Program, Microsoft Canada also funds a Child Life Specialist to teach the children and their parents how to use the technology. McMaster Children’s Hospital has taken the program one step further to integrate the CLICK Program into rehabilitation and other aspects of pediatric care.
“The unique aspect of this program is that it benefits children of all ages and can be used for so many purposes within the hospital environment,” said Pearl Veenema, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “Bringing this technology to Mac Kids will enable our young patients and their families to remain connected to the outside world, explore options for creativity, support rehabilitation, and provide distraction from the serious conditions that brought them into our care.”
McMaster Children’s Hospital is the fifth hospital across Canada to implement the CLICK Program. Over 1.2 million dollars has been committed to date.
“Corporate partners like Microsoft help form the backbone of support for children’s healthcare,” said John Hartman, Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Miracle Network. “The incredible asset of Microsoft in CLICK – is they support such innovative and creative opportunities with funding and internal expertise to maximize the impact of helping children get better. They simply do not cut a cheque – they unleash their talent as well.”
Microsoft Canada has financially supported the CLICK program at five hospitals who are members of Children’s Miracle Network:
- McMaster Children’s Hospital (Hamilton, Ontario)
- Alberta Children’s Hospital (Calgary, Alberta)
- Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Quebec (Quebec City, Quebec)
- Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Ontario)
- IWK Health Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
CLICK integrates a combination of donations from Microsoft:
- Laptops installed with Skype, HD cameras and Microsoft Movie Maker
- Windows Tablets
- Microsoft HD webcams
- Xbox Kinect Games
- Kinect for Xbox 360 Bundles
- Digital Cameras
- TV with DVD player