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For children receiving medical care, hospital stays can be a time of isolation, fear, and long periods of boredom. But thanks to a partnership between HP, DreamWorks Animation, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, pediatric patients at the hospital received the opportunity to unleash their creativity and imaginations by designing artwork that now hangs in HP’s Palo Alto facility. The project was designed to leverage the core competencies of HP and DreamWorks Animation in a way that could support the community. It also
marks the latest milestone in a decades-long relationship between HP and the hospital, as well as a longstanding partnership between HP and DreamWorks Animation.
To support the effort, HP donated 10 HP TouchPads to the hospital’s on-site school, which were used by the children to design their pieces and are now used for academic purposes. Because of the portability of the systems, children unable to leave their rooms could also create art and contribute to the project.
Volunteers from HP and DreamWorks Animation worked with the children to create the artwork both digitally and by hand. The individual pieces were then taken back to the DreamWorks Animation studios, where artists worked to composite the images and create electronic files of the artwork. These files were then sent to HP and printed out on wallpaper using HP Latex 260 printers.
This project represents HP’s ongoing support of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, which began in 1989 when HP made the lead corporate gift for the construction of the hospital. HP teams work closely with the hospital to provide technologies and develop solutions that can aid in patient care. For example, a team from HP Labs participated in a skills-based volunteering project led by the hospital’s Clinical Informatics team that resulted in the introduction of a Patient Safety Dashboard — a tool which ensures that an entire care team can see patients who are at elevated risk or behind in their preventive care in real time. And in early 2014, HP Autonomy announced a new self-service analytics platform that gives health care providers a comprehensive and contextualized understanding of all forms of clinical data, including unstructured human information.
This project is just one example of HP’s commitment to creating a better future for kids and adults alike through its initiatives. Through a wholly integrated approach to business that we call HP Living Progress, HP is working to drive human, economic and environmental progress. HP Living Progress is one way HP advances the overall health and well-being of individuals, and helps businesses and economies thrive as the company—and the population—grows.