Firstly, we hope this message finds you well and safe. We are developing a special interest group on Critical Health Infrastructure preparedness for future pandemics in Europe (CHI-PPE). Countries involved in our group are Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Belgium, Netherland, Spain, and Sweden.
The year 2020 will be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. This may lead to a new way of working, but in the meantime, pandemics can lead to major disruptions in the procurement of the basic resources and workforce required by health organisations to meet their mission, with a potentially negative impact on the health of the citizens and the economy in general. There are measures that can be put in place to reduce impacts and allow health organisations to become more prepared and resilient.
Our interest group is trying to unveil measures for the preparedness and resilience of critical health infrastructures in Europe. For this, we are in the process of gathering insights from hospitals in the forefront of the COVID-19 response to identify key challenges and preparedness strategies at the operational and procurement level, which seem to be far stretched especially at times when infection rates and high demand for hospitalisations.