NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global IT services and solutions provider, Dimension Data, and Shriners Hospitals for Children will bring virtual holiday visits with Santa Claus to patients through advanced video technology similar to that used for telemedicine.
Young patients and their families who may otherwise be unable to visit Santa during the holiday season will be able to do so at Shriners Hospital locations in Erie, Pa.; Houston; Philadelphia; and Portland, Ore.
"Santa and healthcare professionals are both in high demand," said Jim Hirt, SVP, marketing and alliances, Dimension Data Americas. "Whether it's a visit from the North Pole or an important check-in with a specialist, technology has changed the way doctors, caregivers and even Santa Claus can interact with patients and children all over the world."
The video collaboration solution will broadcast from the North Pole to large screen televisions in each location, allowing children to interact with Santa in real time, as if they were in the same room. Each child will also receive a gift bag from Santa, and volunteers from Dimension Data and Shriners Hospital will fill in as Santa's helpers to create a memorable atmosphere and experience for everyone involved.
"Our partnership with Dimension Data delivers cutting edge technology solutions to our team of medical professionals," said Eugene D'Amore, VP of hospital operations and CIO at Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Advanced telepresence technology like this shows that distance is no longer a barrier to quality care or in this case, a visit from Santa."
The event will be held on Tues., Dec. 12 in Erie and Portland, and Wed., Dec. 13 in Philadelphia and Houston:
- Erie – Tues., Dec. 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to noon EST
- Portland – Tues., Dec. 12, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
- Philadelphia – Wed., Dec. 13, 2017 from 9:00 am to noon EST
- Houston – Wed., Dec. 13, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
About Dimension Data
Dimension Data uses technology to help organizations achieve great things. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients' ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, digital workspaces, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion in 2016, offices in 48 countries, and 30,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We're proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Visit us at http://www.dimensiondata.com.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Learn more at ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org.
SOURCE Dimension Data; Shriners Hospitals for Children