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National Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities Update

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  • The purpose of the National Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities (the Capabilities) is to provide the attributes required for health care to save lives and continue to function in advance of, during, and after a response.
  • The Capabilities are a national vision of the critical functions to support this mission, not a step-by-step checklist of how to achieve these outcomes.
  • There are eight capabilities:
    • Incident Management and Coordination
    • Information Management
    • Patient Movement and Distribution
    • Workforce
    • Resources
    • Operational Continuity
    • Specialty Care
    • Community Integration

1. The primary audiences for the Capabilities are the health care workforce (both clinical and nonclinical), health care facility and health care system leaders and emergency managers, EMS leaders and operations supervisors, HCCs and other health care coordinating entities, health care organizations, professional societies and organizations, non-governmental organizations, and federal and SLTT emergency response and public health planners.

2. For the purposes of the Capabilities, the “health care delivery system” refers to all organizations and people whose purpose is to promote, restore, optimize, or maintain health. While there is currently no single national health care system, the Capabilities uses “health care delivery system” to capture the broad spectrum of those who work towards meeting the health care needs of individuals and the population at large.

3.Association Between Caseload Surge and COVID-19 Survival in 558 U.S. Hospitals, March to August 2020. Annals of Internal Medicine.