UF Health Creates App to Help Young Cancer Patients

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February 20, 2017

The Proton U App was developed by Kim Todd, child life specialist at UF Health. It is an interactive storybook that introduces pediatric cancer patients to a typical hospital environment. It helps to identify different sights and sounds to make the hospital experience a little less intimidating. A proton cartoon, Jefferson, is the tour guide of the app. The goal of the creator is to have hospitals put pictures of Jefferson in the pediatric wing, so there is a familiar face for the kids when they arrive.

Along with the hospital tour, Jefferson helps to explain, in a way that children understand, what their treatment is and why it is important to stay still during certain treatments. Currently this app has been used by over 200 pediatric patients, in multiple countries. The app is available in 3 languages, but the creators hope to expand its potential in the future.

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