Engaging the Private Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public’s Health and National Security

When: March 20, 2018 - March 21, 2018 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Fred Kavli Auditorium) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Biomedical and Health Research, Public Health, Health Security
Activity: Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a two-day public workshop on March 20-21, 2018 at the National Academies Building (Fred Kavli Auditorium) called Engaging the Private Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public’s Health and National Security. Through this workshop, the committee will bring together public and private sector partners to discuss approaches to aligning healthcare system incentives with the American public’s need for a healthcare system that is optimally prepared and scalable to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event.

Specific topics that may be explored in this workshop include:

  • The degree to which the public and private healthcare systems self-identify as a key component of the US national security infrastructure;
  • The interest among healthcare institutions in developing collaborations across public and private sectors with the aim of strengthening capacity to respond to disasters and public health emergencies;
  • The possible key levers that would motivate private sector investment in system capacity building for disaster and public health emergency response, including those levers that already exist but are not currently used as incentives to expand this capacity (quality measurement, grant programs, alternative payment models, tax benefits, etc);
  • The possible strategies to overcome key challenges to applying existing incentives to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the management of critically ill and injured patients on a day-to-day basis and during emergency response scenarios; and
  • The possible key sources of information and data elements that could be used to improve situational awareness of public and private sector healthcare facility capacity and capabilities to respond to disasters and public health emergencies.
  • The degree to which Department of Defense or Department of Veteran’s Affairs hospitals could be used as a part of the US response to disasters and public health emergencies requiring a healthcare response.

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