Industry Leaders Recommend Three Policies To Improve U.S. Response To Future Pandemics

Alexandria, VA, June 30, 2021 - The Health Industry Distributors Association today released three strategic recommendations for improving U.S. readiness and response to future pandemics.

Board leaders from HIDA and the HIDA Educational Foundation convened to share learnings from the public health emergency on key topics such as surge manufacturing, diversified sourcing, and supply chain readiness. During discussions on how to fortify and leverage strengths in the supply chain, consensus emerged on the critical role of public-private partnerships.

HIDA’s Thought Leaders recommendations include:

  1. Build a bigger cushion: Fulfill healthcare providers’ initial demand while giving critical time to ramp up manufacturing production capacity.
  2. Establish a national sourcing strategy: Create capacity to quickly ramp up medical supply production.
  3. Ensure supply chain readiness: Understand roles, expectations, and connection points to access products in an emergency.

“The path to creating a more robust and resilient healthcare supply chain lies in strengthened collaboration between the government and commercial sector,” said HIDA President & CEO Matthew J. Rowan. “By deepening this partnership, the supply chain will become even more nimble, flexible, and transparent.”

The full HIDA Thought Leaders recommendations are available here. They build on the framework outlined in HIDA’s “Building A More Robust Supply Chain” white paper, available here.


About HIDA
The Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA) represents the country’s medical product distributors – the nation’s essential link between manufacturers and patient caregivers. HIDA members offer critical services increasing the efficiency of U.S. healthcare providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, home care, and physician practices. For more information, visit

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