Award highlights TELUS' achievements in health and technology to improve
MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS is proud to announce that it has won the
Canadian Health Informatics Award (CHIA) for Corporate Citizenship. The award,
presented at the CHIA Annual Gala in Toronto on November 7 by ITAC Health
recognizes the leading multi-national for-profit healthcare ICT company that
is committed to and passionate about health informatics and has heavily
invested in contributing to the industry in Canada. Kids' Health Link
Foundation (KHLF) nominated TELUS for the award.
The award recognizes the numerous investments TELUS has made in the health
sector. A decade ago, TELUS decided to use its world-class technology to
address the unprecedented challenges facing the country's healthcare. Today,
TELUS Health has more than 1,400 team members dedicated to health and has
invested more than $1B in health over the last five years.
"TELUS is a firm believer in engaging consumers directly in the healthcare
system which then drives the enablement of pan-Canadian health system
improvements and outcomes, within the hospital, community and at home," cites
Paul Lepage, President, TELUS Health. "This complements the organization's
passion for corporate social responsibility and creates a legacy of giving
based on innovation through technology."
TELUS investments in healthcare include Upopolis, launched in eight hospitals
across the country with more being planned for 2013. Created by KHLF and
powered by TELUS, UPOPOLIS.com is the only private, secure and trusted online
social network designed just for kids in hospital. Upopolis provides the best
features of social networking while also providing unique features to kids in
hospital environments such as 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.
"TELUS takes pride in finding new and innovative healthcare solutions for
Canadians through the use of technology," said Basile Papaevangelou, Chairman
and Founder, Kids' Health Links Foundation. "Upopolis is a terrific example of
the kind of generous investments TELUS has made in technology that empowers
Canadians in healthcare."
Nominations for the Corporate Citizenship award are based on the criteria of
visible leadership, participation in associations and institutions, sharing
experience and contribution to knowledge development and measurable level of
support provided to the industry.
"The Canadian Health Informatics Awards honours contributions and commitment
to the Canadian Health Informatics Industry," said Karna Gupta, President and
CEO ITAC. "TELUS' significant and meaningful contributions to the healthcare
industry in Canada make the organization well deserving of this award and
underlines TELUS Health's commitment to turn information into better health
About Kids' Health Links Foundation
Kids' Health Links was founded by Basile Papaevangelou and his daughter
Christina to connect, through technology, children in health care facilities
across Canada with friends and family, their teachers and schoolwork. Kids'
Health Links Foundation created Upopolis - an innovative, private online
community for children in care. The Kids' Health Links technology solutions
help to alleviate stress, isolation and loneliness for children in medical
care in order to help children heal faster and better to overcome traumatic
About ITAC Health
Representing more than 120 Canadian ICT companies that are actively involved
in the health sector, ITAC Health promotes the role its members can play in
establishing the Canadian healthcare industry as a global leader. Through
collaboration, ITAC Health and its members work with healthcare stakeholders
to improve the health of Canadians and the efficiency of the Canadian
healthcare system through the implementation of information and communications
About TELUS Health
TELUS Health is a leader in telehomecare, electronic medical and health
records, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management. TELUS
Health gives health authorities, providers, physicians, patients and consumers
the power to turn information into better health outcomes. For more
information about TELUS Health, please visit telushealth.com
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company
in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.0million customer
connections including 7.6million wireless subscribers, 3.4million wireline
network access lines, 1.3million Internet subscribers and more than 635,000
TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle,
TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $260million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2million hours of service to
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS'
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
Donna Ramirez TELUS Health 416-320-9309 Donna.Ramirez@telus.com
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