2018 Symposium on Health Sector Supply Chain
March 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Impact of Hurricane Maria on U.S. Health Care Delivery
The 2018 Symposium on Health Sector Supply Chain focuses on vulnerability in the health care supply chain. The Symposium idea has its origin in the host of problems facing the over 45 medical device and pharmaceutical companies impacted by Hurricane Maria in 2017. While many companies were “up and running” quickly, others experienced problems due to damage to their plants as well as continued problems related to acess to power and employee access to work.
Supplies, purchasers and distributors are challenged to design risk mitigation strategies to assure continuity of care. Policy makers are challenged to direct resources at the times of crisis – but of even greater importance, to craft policies that anticipate risk and mitigate risk.
Puerto Rico Matters:
– Shortly after the hurriance, the American Red Cross was faced with a shortage of bags for collecting blood. Hospitals across the U.S. have recorded periods of limited operations due to hurricane related shortages.
– “The bag shortage is the most significant to be direclty linked to the effects of the hurricane, but others are likely to follow.” New York Times (October 24, 2017)
– “Supply shortage tests hospitals”. The Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2018
Join with us to:
– Explore perspectives from suppliers, providers, distributors and policymakers
– Consider consequences to patients
– Understand the role of supply chain strategy to mitigate risk
– Assess strategies/regulations designed to assure a steady supply of needed procducts
*Symposium on Health Sector Supply Chain is housed in the W.P. Carey School of Business, Department of Supply Chain Management with guidance from the Mark McKenna Lecture Committee.