The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, but leaders from across all public and private health care sectors have been busy identifying ways to strengthen the field’s capacity to prepare for and respond to future disasters. The collaboration, convened by the Healthcare Leadership Council and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, explored innovative ways to improve care delivery, strengthen supply chain readiness, and improve data and evidence generation.
A report issued by the group last month, the “National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation,” provides a framework for how hospitals and health systems, public health, government leaders and others can work together during future crises.
The wide-ranging report addresses three primary areas in which the pandemic highlighted challenges: innovative care delivery approaches, improving data and evidence generation, and strengthening innovation and supply chain readiness.
4 Ways To Improve Care Delivery Responsiveness During Future Emergencies
Identify and Increase Adoption of Best Practices
Innovation in many areas has accelerated, with organizations modifying facilities, integrating new types of care and reorienting workforces to respond more effectively. Identifying best practices learned both in the current pandemic and previous emergencies will allow the health system to better respond to future emergencies while maintaining continuity of care for patients with acute conditions.
Strengthen Communication and Collaboration among Public and Private Sectors
Support efforts that foster more effective two-way, continuous communication and collaboration between the public and private sectors.
As the pandemic shone a spotlight on disparities, public and private sectors should invest in tools and develop communication strategies that can address health disparities and prioritize equity.
Identify Resources to Build Capacity and Capabilities
To improve emergency preparedness, management and response capabilities, and ensure a diverse, resilient workforce, public and private sectors should identify necessary resources, such as bonds, payment, loans and grants.