Emergency/Pandemic Preparedness

Background

Public health events—both natural and manmade—occur regularly. It is important the country have consistent and sufficient funding for public health surveillance efforts, training and protection of healthcare workers and patients, vaccine and diagnostic development and invests in the healthcare supply chain which supports all these initiatives.

Medical products are critical to any emergency or pandemic response. Ensuring the elasticity of the supply chain is essential to a prepared national healthcare system and is stronger through a public and private partnership because all entities with a role in preparedness depend on the same supply chain.

What Members Need to Know

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Innovation Act of 2019 was signed into law by President Trump on June 24, 2019. HIDA Government Affairs worked with congressional champions to include language for the first time around healthcare supply chain priorities. The bill reauthorized a number of programs with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response. As a result of the legislation, more focus will be given to:

  • Communicating regional health systems to the supply chain
  • Government coordination with the commercial market on response, re-entry and understanding manufacturing capacity
  • Assessing ancillary product availability for medical countermeasures
  • Identification of product substitutes.

These provisions build on supply chain lessons from past events to support future public health responses. Medical products are critical to any emergency or pandemic response. Ensuring the elasticity of the supply chain is essential to a prepared national healthcare system and is stronger through a public and private partnership.

HIDA Works To:
  • Create government partnerships that foster coordination between medical products distributors and federal stakeholders, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Facilitate working relationships between members and other industry stakeholder organizations, including the American Hospital Association, the Red Cross, and the Joint Commission.
  • Provide information and resources to distributors, healthcare providers and others. Resources including a listing of scenario-specific medical products and supplies, state emergency contacts, and emergency preparedness planning guides.
Outlook

Through constructive dialogue the supply chain and governmental agencies can learn from past pandemics and implement programs to ensure that availability of certain types of medical products would meet immediate pandemic response needs. Creating a continuous and certain elevated level of demand for these types of products requires experience in warehousing, maintaining and refreshing product in a timely manner as well as logistical capabilities to redirect product if necessary.

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Government Affairs Contact:

Mary Beth Spencer, MPS»
Senior Manager, Government Affairs
703-838-6133