TELUS is committed to improving healthcare in Canada. We do this by connecting healthcare communities, enabling secure information sharing and by delivering advanced technologies and applications that turn information into better health outcomes. TELUS continues to invest in the healthcare sector through strategic acquisitions, such as Wolf Medical Systems. The addition of Wolf electronic medical record technology for physicians rounds out TELUS’ portfolio of world-class health record solutions including TELUS Health Space® (for the home and on the go via a smartphone or tablet) and Oacis (for healthcare institutions). TELUS is now uniquely positioned to facilitate the integration of health records from the home to the doctor’s office and the hospital; ensuring critical health information is available to care providers over secure, wireline and wireless broadband networks wherever and whenever they need it.
TELUS also supports Canadian healthcare charities in an effort to improve healthcare outcomes. Following are two examples of our 2011 beneficiaries.
To reduce the loneliness and anxiety young patients often face during long hospital stays, TELUS partnered with Kids’ Health Links Foundation to develop Upopolis. It is a safe and secure connection to a young patient’s family, friends, teachers and fellow patients. Upopolis is a multilingual platform designed to help kids from eight to 18 stay up-to-date with school work, have fun and entertain themselves, and ultimately create better health outcomes. Young patients can also access kid-friendly medical information, so they can learn about their medical condition and what they can expect during their hospitalization.
Upopolis is currently available at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and at Lutherwood, a centre for mentally and behaviourally challenged youth in Waterloo, Ontario.
In 2011, we launched Upopolis in Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.
TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes
Through our sponsorship of the TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes, we help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) raise funds to help cure type 1 diabetes. In 2011, we achieved our goal to increase fundraising by five per cent. More than 4,000 TELUS team members, friends, family and retirees participated in the event, raising more than $500,000. In total, TELUS and its team members have contributed more than $5.7 million to JDRF since 1999 through corporate giving, sponsorship and team member fundraising and donations.
Our goal is to increase TELUS participation and fundraising in 2012 by five per cent.
TELUS Pedometer app
In 2011, we developed a free TELUS Pedometer app that helps participants train by measuring the duration of their walk or run, distance covered and number of calories burned. In 2012, TELUS will once again make the app available for participants who want to challenge themselves during training.
To learn more about TELUS’ support of healthcare, visit telus.com/community.