Upopolis Launches in Windsor Regional Hospital
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Telus Health Blog
Mary Jo Haddad wrote this guest blog post about Upopolis when it launched at Windsor Regional Hospital. Mary Jo is an Independent Director of TELUS Corporation and a member of the board of directors of Kids Health Links Foundation.
One of my challenges and priorities as former President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) was to lead in the transformation of health systems all the while making sure that children were at the forefront of resources and services.
Throughout my career, as a champion of children’s health, I found that creating an improvement culture through integration and working collaboratively with others were key to promoting the adoption of innovative practices. Within the healthcare continuum, the past few years have been marked with the integration of innovations (electronic medical records, telehealth and home health monitoring to name a few) that have shifted healthcare and the way we provide care. What has remained pivotal to success is ensuring the patient and the patient experience remain at the heart of everything we do.
As a Windsorite (native to Windsor Ontario) and a University of Windsor alumni, I was particularly moved when the Windsor Regional Hospital became the first community hospital to join Upopolis. Upopolis, which I was privileged to be introduced to when it was launched several years ago at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), is a wonderful example of how the power of technology, when integrated in the healthcare system, has the ability to improve the patient experience and dramatically impact a child’s psychological well-being.