Nippon Telegraph and Telephone: Santa makes a special stopover at Shriners Children with help from telehealth technology from NTT and Cisco

December 6, 2021

Santa makes special stopover at Shriners Children with help from NTT and Cisco telehealth technology

Patients of the Shriners children receive a special virtual tour this year from Kris Kringle, live from the North Pole.

New York – December 6, 2021 – As Santa Claus completes his list and checks it twice, NTT Ltd., one of the world’s leading providers of technology services, in partnership with Cisco, one of the world’s leading technology makers, partners with Shriners Children’s to help him come to town… virtually. Together, the organizations arranged to connect the North Pole and select the Shriners Children locations so that the children have the opportunity to convey their wishes directly to Santa Claus and, of course, to ask their hearts’ desire.

Santa’s elves again advised him to limit his reindeer and sleigh travel, and to continue to take extra precautions this holiday season. As such, Mr. Claus and his workshop will be transported to each hospital via the same telehealth technology used to connect healthcare professionals with patients who live far away or cannot make it in person, which has happened. proved invaluable during this pressing pandemic. time.

As leaders in transforming the hybrid workplace, these companies are no strangers to remote working and have collaborated with Shriners facilities and the Big Man himself to use cutting-edge technology to virtually connect patients and patients. Santa, long before the pandemic. In fact, 2021 marks the ninth year in a row that NTT, Cisco, and Shriners Children’s have worked together to facilitate these virtual tours, leveraging technology increasingly relevant to physicians, patients, employees, and elves, who want the flexibility to decide where they work and how they communicate – whether at home, in the office, or a hybrid of the two.

“The COVID 19 pandemic has changed the world we all live in. Safety is the top priority for Shriners Children, and as such, visitation restrictions have changed. These changes apply to everyone, even Santa Claus, who won’t let a pandemic get in the way of visiting children who may be more susceptible to disease and infection. We’re happy to leverage our technology and our abilities to team up with good old Saint Nick to deliver these virtual touchpoints and memorable moments to these kids, ”said Peter Cutts, SVP, Digital Consulting and Innovation at NTT Ltd.

Children will have the opportunity to visit Santa Claus virtually in real time thanks to cameras, microphones and screens connected to the Web in places inspired by the village of Santa Claus that will have been prepared in advance by the decoration committee gingerbread from the North Pole. And for the many patients, this experience helps make their stay at Shriners Children more special this holiday season. Santa’s helper elves will help them talk to Santa on a laptop or tablet. After their conversation with old Saint Nick, each child will receive a special gift to commemorate the moment he spoke with Santa Claus live from his office at the North Pole.

This year, the Cyber ​​Santa event will take place on December 7 in St. Louis, MO and Spokane, WA, and on December 8 in Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL. The schedule is as follows:

  • December 7: St. Louis – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

  • December 7: Spokane – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT)

  • December 8: Philadelphia – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET

  • December 8: Chicago – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET


About NTT Ltd.

NTT Ltd. is a leading global technology services company. To help our clients achieve their digital transformation goals, we use our global capabilities, expertise and comprehensive technology services delivered through our integrated services platform. As a long-term strategic partner, we help them improve the customer and employee experience, transform their cloud strategy, modernize their networks and strengthen their cybersecurity. And through their transformation priorities, we automate their business processes and IT, drawing insights and analytics from their core business data. As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 50,000 people in 57 countries, do business in 73 countries and provide services in more than 200 countries and regions. Together, we make the connected future possible.

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About Shriners Children

Shriners Children’s changes lives every day through innovative specialist pediatric care, world-class research and exceptional medical education. Our healthcare system provides advanced care for children with orthopedic disorders, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For more information, please visit

Media inquiries:

Evan Jordan
NTT Ltd.
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Stephanie Byrwa
Kids’ shriners
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