Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Releases a National Action Plan for Expanding and Adapting the Healthcare System for the Duration of the COVID Pandemic
May 5, 2020 – The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has released a new report: “National Action Plan for Expanding and Adapting the Healthcare System for the Duration of the COVID Pandemic.”
The report addresses the urgent near-term key challenges faced now by healthcare facilities and healthcare workers in the pandemic, as well as the many vulnerabilities of our healthcare system and the longer-term structural reforms that are necessary to sustain it. The authors answer the following 10 questions and provide long- and short-term recommendations to adapt the healthcare system to make it more resilient to this and future epidemics and emergencies:
- How can we improve infection prevention in hospitals and maintain a robust supply chain for personal protective equipment (PPE)?
- What approach should we take to restarting deferred healthcare services?
- What financial support is needed for hospitals and healthcare providers?
- How should the healthcare workforce be sustained and augmented?
- How can we provide mental health support for healthcare workers in this crisis?
- How can we provide medical care and sick leave for all people in the United States?
- How can we make telemedicine a new normal?
- How can we reduce the number of undiagnosed infectious diseases in our hospitals?
- How can we better protect emergency medical services (EMS) personnel from infectious diseases?
- How can we better coordinate the healthcare response to COVID-19 and the next pandemic?
Read the full report.