HIDA, AdvaMed, And ISEA Work With California Ports To Expedite Medical Supplies

Alexandria, VA – November 16, 2021 - The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA), Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), and International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) are collaborating with port leaders to test tools and processes for prioritizing medical supply containers. Together, we are finding new ways to get medical supplies and equipment into the hands of healthcare providers and frontline workers more quickly and efficiently.

The proactive leadership of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, terminal operator SSA Marine and its technology partner eModal are helping us find solutions to today’s supply chain challenges. Additionally, we thank our federal partners at the Federal Maritime Commission and White House Supply Chain Disruption Task Force. We will continue to engage with ports and other transport system stakeholders to identify impactful ways to expedite medical supplies and equipment.

Hospitals and other care settings depend on a reliable U.S. transportation system to receive critical medical supplies and equipment. An unpredictable system negatively impacts patient care and public health. Essential medical supplies and equipment need a “fast pass” through the transportation system to support COVID-19 response, flu season, and necessary surgeries and treatments that were delayed due to the pandemic.

HIDA is the industry trade association representing 114 distribution companies operating 500+ medical distribution centers across the care continuum nationwide. HIDA members deliver medical products and supplies, manage logistics, and offer customer services to virtually every healthcare provider. In 2020, they reliably delivered 51 billion units of PPE “the last mile” to providers.

AdvaMed is the leading trade organization representing more than 400 companies that produce the medical devices, diagnostic products, and health information systems necessary for earlier disease detection, less invasive procedures, and more effective treatments. AdvaMed member companies manufacture the personal protective equipment, ventilators, COVID-19 diagnostic tests, and the medical equipment necessary to deliver the vaccines throughout this crisis.

ISEA represents companies that design test, manufacturer, and supply a wide range of personal protective equipment (PPE) and technologies. For more than 85 years, ISEA members have provided PPE to keep workers safe from occupational hazards.

HIDA is the industry trade association representing 111 distribution companies operating 500+ medical distribution centers across the care continuum nationwide. HIDA members deliver medical products and supplies, manage logistics, and offer customer services to virtually every healthcare provider. In 2020, they reliably delivered 51 billion units of PPE “the last mile” to providers. For more information, please visit HIDA.org .

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Wyeth Ruthven

Wyeth Ruthven
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