The Irish Hospice Foundation announced today (Thursday, April 2nd) it is to launch the Irish edition of the global online news and information resource ehospice. (www.ehospice.com)
ehospice publishes news, commentary and analysis from the hospice, palliative, and end of life care sector in editions around the world including the UK, South Africa, the USA, India, Australia and Canada. It is aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in palliative care offering a single point of access to intelligence and good practice.
The launch editor of ehospice Ireland will be well known journalist and former editor of the Irish Independent, Claire Grady.
David Praill, Chair of ehospice and CEO of Hospice UK, said: “We are delighted that the Irish Hospice Foundation is launching an Ireland edition of ehospice. The vision of ehospice is to improve patient care by ensuring everyone working in palliative care is part of a networked world.
“ehospice will provide those working in the sector an opportunity to share their news and good practice with colleagues in Ireland and globally, leading to better care for more people and greater awareness of hospice and palliative care.”
ehospice launched in October 2012 and has had almost half a million users and over 2.5 million page views. It is available on mobile and desktop websites as well as an iPad and iPhone app. An Android app is currently in development.
Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said ehospice Ireland is an important development for the entire hospice movement here.
“It will provide a dedicated online platform – not in existence in Ireland at the moment – for health professionals, policy makers and service users to share news, views and analysis on hospice and palliative care, bereavement and end-of-life issues.
“ehospice Ireland will offer a single point of access to intelligence and good practice from around the world and will help professionals here keep up to date. It will also give a voice to those receiving care and an opportunity to tell their individual stories and will help creative awareness of what palliative care is, and dispel some of the myths.
“I believe ehospice Ireland will increase the profile of the sector here, thereby helping raise awareness around the important issues.”
ehospice Ireland will go live in early May. As well as editor Claire Grady the editorial team will include Miriam Donohoe, Head of Communications with the Irish Hospice Foundation (and former senior editor with the Irish Times) and Mary Ellen Breen, IHF Communications Officer (and former editor with the Waterford News & Star).
ehospice Ireland can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01 6793188
Tags: ehospice, End-of-life, palliative care