Designed to Help Hospice Referral Sources Better Understand End-of-life Care Options
ehospiceUSA, a new resource designed to help healthcare and other professionals that care for patients and families facing serious and life-limiting illness, was unveiled at the opening plenary session of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s leadership conference on April 25, 2013.
Powered by NHPCO, ehospiceUSA is a free resource created specifically for hospice referral sources, such as physicians, hospital discharge planners, and other professionals who will benefit from a comprehensive understanding of the ways that hospice care will help their patients.
“Any professional caring for or supporting patients and families who may be appropriate for hospice will find useful information on ehospiceUSA,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of NHPCO.
“One of the most frequent comments we hear from the families we care for, is that they wish they had known about hospice earlier. ehospiceUSA will help clarify what hospice is and how it can help people, with the goal of ensuring more timely access to the services hospice offers,” added Schumacher.
In addition to the resources for professionals, ehospiceUSA also offers information on hospice and advance care planning that can be shared with patients and family caregivers.
ehospice recognizes the potential to connect people working in hospice and palliative care using the technology available today. ehospice is available as a free iPhone app, as well as a mobile web app, which is compatible with most modern smart phones. There is also an updated iPad app launching today.
Followers can subscribe to the RSS feed and receive ehospice updates directly via email – never miss an important story with this feature. Followers can pick and choose the topics they want to receive and from which editions.
In addition to ehospiceUSA, there are 10 other country and regional editions covering the latest news, commentary and analysis from around the world. Available editions include England, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, India, Australia and others.
The brainchild of the UK-based organization, Help the Hospices, the goals of ehospice are to improve patient care through access to information, to foster a sense of community in hospice and palliative care worldwide and to give a voice to people associated with hospice and palliative care, whether as professionals, volunteers, patients or family caregivers.
“ehospiceUSA does not replace the NHPCO website, rather, it’s our hope that hospice and palliative care providers in the U.S. will share ehospiceUSA as a helpful resource with the referral sources in their communities that might benefit from a better understanding of how hospice works and the many benefits it would offer patients under their care,” noted Schumacher.