COVID-19: Opportunity to Re-Imagine Our Response to a National Medical Crisis

The United States’ healthcare response to the COVID-19 pandemic required the collaboration of federal agencies, private and public healthcare systems, and professional organizations. However, communication issues quickly emerged. In a recent article featuring PISC Executive Committee Member Brendan Carr, MD, MS, outlined a national system to respond to future crises.

The national system plan includes consolidating federal agencies through high levels of leadership to effectively coordinate manufacturing, supply chains, and staffing. A realistic financial model is created, addressing financial challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic across healthcare sectors. Additionally, financial incentives are engaged to support quality of care within hospitals. For all professionals involved, a continuous learning mindset is expounded. Furthermore, a national strategic operations center would marshal all local medical systems to provide consistency and rapid action.

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