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National Critical Infrastructure Sector Coordination: Healthcare Sector

Related: Global Stability and Security, Health, Sustainability and Resilience

Meridian assisted the US Department of Homeland Security in designing and facilitating new collaborative approaches between government entities and the private sector on critical infrastructure protection. For this project, Meridian helped the healthcare sector establish a Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) to support effective emergency preparedness and response in the event of an incident of national significance.

Due to its breadth and diversity, the Healthcare Sector is organized around nine sub-sectors, including: Healthcare Personnel, Information Technology, Insurers/Payers/HMOs, Laboratories and Blood, Mass Fatalities Management Services, Medical Materials, Medical Treatment, Occupational Health, and Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology. The HSCC is a self-led mechanism for companies, organizations, trade associations, and professional societies from these nine sub-sectors that either own and operate or play a critical role in ensuring the continuity of the nation’s healthcare system.

The mission of the HSCC is to coordinate plans and policy advice and provide guidance to preserve and restore the critical functions of the nation’s healthcare delivery system and to support effective emergency preparedness and response to nationally significant hazards, including natural and manmade disasters.

In this project Meridian assisted the Healthcare Sector in: establishing an agreed-upon governance approach and leadership structure for the HSCC; reaching out to the diverse perspectives that characterize the sector; and facilitating initial private-sector/government interactions to work together to develop a Sector Specific Plan as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Meridian has also advised the Information Technology, Maritime, Food and Agriculture, Transportation, Communications, Water, and Commercial Facilities Sectors on their efforts to establish coordination mechanisms.


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