The coronavirus pandemic has humbled U.S. healthcare organizations like few events in history. It is imperative for industry leaders to honestly assess whether we’re ready for the next wave or any future public health emergency.
Will we apply lessons learned if—and more likely when—the virus spikes this fall and winter? In the years to come, are we prepared for another virus that could be far more lethal?
At Northwell Health, we have treated more than 85,000 COVID-19 patients since March, more than any other U.S. health system. But our preparations for a pandemic actually began 22 years ago when we began building an emergency preparedness infrastructure capable of responding to acts of terrorism and other large-scale emergencies.
Taking our cue from the military and law enforcement, we established a network incident-command structure. This approach involves the creation of emergency response teams that deploy personnel and resources during a public health