Our Impact

Healthcare Ready was created in 2006 to protect patients and support our healthcare supply chain during a crisis. The resources on this page reflect our collective impact as we’ve worked to help build resilient communities that are prepared for, can respond to, and recover from natural disasters and pandemics.

Our 2020 Annual Report highlights the work we accomplished throughout one of the most consequential years in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic alongside highly active hurricane and wildfire seasons strained the nation’s healthcare system and jeopardized its ability to respond to emerging patient needs.

Throughout this challenging year, Healthcare Ready served as a technical expert, creating valuable resources and trainings to help patients, providers, and organizations navigate the confluence of crises. We also expedited donations of personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene supplies, and more to healthcare facilities and community-based organizations in underserved areas.

Annual Report

View previous Annual Reports:

2019 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report

Strengthening Policy

  • Healthcare Ready has led government recognition of the need to coordinate with the private sector after disasters and was instrumental in recognition of the pharmaceutical supply chain in federal response planning as critical infrastructure that should receive priority assistance during disasters.
  • Healthcare Ready advocacy for a streamlined and centralized reporting led to the development of the Countermeasure Inventory Tracking Dashboard a database for inventory surveillance of antivirals and personal protective equipment.
  • Healthcare Ready has advocated for increased participation of pharmacists in public health initiatives, supporting the development of the national framework for health departments to use pharmacies as vaccination sites.
  • Healthcare Ready was instrumental in HHS and DHS decisions to recommend that prescribers consider making pre-need antibiotic prophylaxis available for first responders.

Building Capacity

  • Increasing the ability of states to be prepared by sharing best practices with state emergency managers, public health departments and Boards of Pharmacy.
  • Providing guidance and assistance to states to ensure adequate stockpile programs.
  • Advocate for medical supply chain emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.
  • Ambassador for pharmacist education on business continuity and their roles and responsibilities in disaster response.

Solving Problems During Disasters

  • Healthcare Ready was the only private sector group to be invited to present during the Hurricane Sandy HHS Critical Infrastructure calls.
  • During H1N1 Pandemic in 2009-2010, Healthcare Ready reduced the tremendous burden on the private sector supply chain to provide ad hoc inventory reporting on a daily basis.
  • Served as the facilitator of medical supply donations and the point of contact for police escorts and delivery credentials during multiple disaster responses.
  • Increase access for low income patients through activation of the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP).
  • Coordinated emergency fuel from both state authorities and private sector emergency fueling companies for distributors.
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