Children will soon CLICK together at the IWK Health Care Centre in Halifax with help from Microsoft Canada



    Children's interactive technology program to provide wireless access &
    bedside connectivity for young patients while in hospital

    HALIFAX, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Microsoft Canada Co., together with the
Children's Miracle Network (CMN) and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, today
announced an initiative to establish a Child Life Interactive Computers for
Kids (CLICK) program. The CLICK program will provide consoles and games for
Xbox(R) video game system, connectivity, hardware and software to children in
the hospital and create an environment that will enable them to connect with
school, family, and friends during frequent or lengthy periods of
hospitalization.
    "We are delighted that Microsoft has initiated the CLICK program with the
IWK," says Anne McGuire, CEO for the IWK Health Centre. "Children and youth of
today have come to rely on technology to communicate to family and friends,
for entertainment and educational purposes. The CLICK program will further
improve the experience our patients have while at the Health Centre."
    The IWK Health Centre in Halifax will be the third CMN affiliated
hospital to establish a CLICK program in Canada. Microsoft Canada and the CMN
launched CLICK in May 2005 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
(CHEO) in Ottawa, followed by the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Québec
(CHUQ) in Québec City in August 2007.
    Once deployed, the Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK)
program at the IWK Health Centre will include:
    
      -  Hardware and software (laptops, PCs, Tablet PCs, web cameras and
         Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating system)
      -  consoles and games for Xbox appropriate for various age groups
      -  Technical support
      -  Internet connectivity
      -  Furniture (desks and chairs)
      -  Employee support
    

    "Microsoft is very excited about working with the IWK Health Centre,"
said Gavin Thompson, Director, Community Affairs, Microsoft Canada.
"Microsoft, in connection with other Children's Hospitals such as CHEO and
CHUQ have seen the benefit of the CLICK program in helping children who are
hospitalized frequently or for lengthy periods maintain the closest thing to
normalcy as possible by integrating technology into the hospital that will
help them stay connected easily with the outside world."

    About IWK Health Centre

    The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to women, children and youth
of the Maritimes and beyond. In addition to tertiary (highly-specialized)
care, the IWK also provides primary care services. The IWK is engaged in
leading-edge research, the promotion of healthy families and the education of
health professionals and other learners. It is located in Halifax, Nova
Scotia.

    About Microsoft Canada

    Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing.
Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local
support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga,
Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country dedicated to
empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any
device. Visit Microsoft Canada's web site at www.microsoft.ca.

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