Straight Talk: Looking at Health System Disaster Preparedness

The U.S. health system is not sufficiently prepared to respond to a major disaster: funding is limited, private and public efforts are not integrated, communications systems are incompatible and infrastructure is inadequate, according to PwC's report, Closing the Seams: Developing an Integrated Approach to Health System Disaster Preparedness. In this installment of Straight Talk, Health Industry leaders talk about the steps health executives should take to ensure an effective response to a disaster. This session was held at Modern Healthcare’s Chicago headquarters on March 10, 2008. Fawn Lopez, Vice President and Publisher of Modern Healthcare was the moderator.

Roundtable participants included:
  • C. Duane Dauner, President and CEO, California Hospital Association, Sacramento, CA.
  • Michael Dwyer, Director, Healthcare Advisory Services, PwC, San Francisco, CA
  • James James, M.D., Director of the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Reponse, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
  • Robert Wise, M.D., Vice President of the Division of Standards and Survey Methods, The Joint Commission, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Podcast:
Hear firsthand healthcare industry leaders talk about the steps health executives should take to ensure an effective response to a disaster.
PwC Straight Talk: Looking at Health System Disaster Preparedness

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