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.
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.
These are just a few examples of how private sector, government and others have relied on Healthcare Ready:
A truck attempting to deliver critical medicines was stuck at a roadblock…
In an area experiencing wide-spread power outages, patients relying on medical devices were running out of battery power…
A pharmacy had lost power and was running out of fuel for their generator…
A distribution center had lost power, and their fuel supplier wasn’t keeping up with timely deliveries…
A state emergency declaration included regulatory changes for pharmacy practices…