Project HeArts & Hope will improve the health of ill children in and out of hospitals through a secure networking that offers arts programming, palliative care, and peer mentoring. In collaboration with artists and technology partners from around the country, the University of Florida will develop a multifaceted network of streaming video broadcast and video-on-demand for 300 children with cancer and sickle cell disease.
Project HeArts & Hope will combine: (1) Virtual Arts in Medicine: live streaming interactive arts performances; (2) Lifescapes: an online arts collaboration between ill and well children; (3) Immersive Media Environments: streaming videos offering virtual palliative care; and (4) Patient-to-Patient: peer mentoring between old and new patients. Children will also have access to "Doc-in-a-Box," an interactive website through which children can self-report the pain and anxiety they experience.
Project HeArts & Hope expects to relieve the children's physiological and psychological symptoms and serve as a national model of technology-based pediatric arts programming. The project team will study 90 children at the Shands Childrens' Hospital during 300 admissions averaging 5 days (1,500 days of inpatient-network interaction), and 5,000 days outpatient-network interaction, expanding over 3 years to 300 participants (20,000 interaction days).
Project Partners include: Shands Childrens' Hospital and Arts in Medicine, Center for Arts in Healthcare Research and Education, University of Florida Foundation, Society for the Arts in Healthcare, Wrightwood Multimedia Labs, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, CLC Music Program, Very Special Arts, and Florida K-12 schools.