Engaging the Private-Sector Health Care System in Building Capacity to Respond to Threats to the Public’s Health and National Security: Proceedings of a Workshop


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The Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies hosted a 2-day public workshop on March 20 and 21, 2018 focused on the role of the private sector in responding to public health emergencies. The workshop’s main goal was to identify and understand approaches to align health care system incentives with the American public’s need for a health care system that is prepared to manage acutely ill and injured patients during a disaster, public health emergency, or other mass casualty event. The workshop explored several topics and objectives developed by a planning committee, including the degree to which the public and private health care systems self-identify as key components of US national security infrastructure; the interest among health care institutions in developing collaborations across the public and private sectors to strengthen response capacity; possible key financial and regulatory levers to motivate private sector investment in system capacity building for disaster and public health emergency response; and possible strategies to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the management of critically ill and injured patients in day-to-day and emergency scenarios.


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