Monitoring USG action on readiness and response
Preparedness Pulsepoints | Monitoring USG action on readiness and response
Published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Editors: Diane Meyer, RN, MPH; Divya Hosangadi, MSPH & Amanda Kobokovich, MPH
January 29, 2019
Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness
Four Ways to Plan to Protect Patient Health in a Medical Supply Shortage. According to FDA, there are currently 109 drugs in shortage in the US Supply shortages threaten patient health even in the best circumstances, but their number and impact can be exacerbated by a prolonged disaster response. With so many shortages, one is likely to impact your hospital or healthcare facility at some point.  By planning to cope with the impacts of a supply shortage, your hospital or healthcare facility will be better prepared to continue providing patient care when one occurs.  (ASPR Blog, 1/25/19)
Toward an Effective Innovation Agenda. Health sector leaders, inspired by this enormous transformation, have embraced digital technology as key to health care reform efforts, promoting massive investments in electronic health records (EHRs) as part of a broader innovation agenda. Yet the health care system remains essentially untouched, with care patterns and unsustainable cost trajectories seemingly unchanged over the past 20 years.  (NEJM, 1/23/19)
US Invests Additional 44 Million in Smallpox Vaccine Manufacturing. Bavarian Nordic A/S announced on Jan. 18 that the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has exercised another option under the ongoing contract for freeze-dried MVA-BN® smallpox vaccine.  (Global Biodefense, 1/22/19)
Strategic National Stockpile Preparedness Course. The Strategic National Stockpile Preparedness Course (SNS) is a five-day course designed to give federal, state, and local officials information on how to best plan and prepare for a public health emergency and how to use and manage the Strategic National Stockpile in response to a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or technological accident.  (NACCHO, 1/19)
Homeland Security & Disaster Preparedness
DARPA Program Aims To Improve Military Readiness. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Biological Technologies Office recently launched a program that assists the Department of Defense with enhancing and sustaining military readiness both by changing how troops train, perform and recover. The Measuring Biological Aptitude (MBA) program uses biomarkers related to peak performance in a specific role and then measures and reports on these biomarkers in real time.  (Homeland Preparedness News, 1/28/19)
Reps. McCaul, Engel Introduce Cyber Diplomacy Act. Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced last week the Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2019 (H.R. 739), which they said seeks to globally ensure the Internet is kept open, reliable and secure.  (Homeland Preparedness News, 1/28/19)
New Strategy Encourages Innovation, Better Intel Sharing. The latest iteration of the National Intelligence Strategy aims at encouraging innovation and sharing information and intelligence among like-minded nations, the director of national intelligence said.  (DOD, 1/23/19)
Radiological & Nuclear Disaster Preparedness
NRC To Issue Final Rule for Mitigating Severe Events at US Reactors. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has directed agency staff to publish a rule based on lessons learned from the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant. The rule builds on Orders the NRC issued in March 2012.  (NRC, 1/24/19)

Science & Technology Policy
End of US Shutdown Won't Mean Return to Business As Usual For Research Agencies. The longest US government shutdown in history may soon be over, at least temporarily. But researchers shouldn't expect their favorite federal research agency to be back to normal anytime soon.  (Science, 1/25/18)
After 'CRISPR Babies' International Medical Leaders Aim to Tighten Genome Editing Guidelines. The US National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences are planning an international commission on the most controversial use of that technology - creating "CRISPR babies," medicine academy president Dr. Victor Dzau announced on Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The commission is still in the planning stages, but Britain's Royal Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other scientific and medical groups outside the US have signed on, he said.  (STAT, 1/24/19)
This Week's Hearings
Examining the Trump Shutdown's Devastating Impact on Federal Workers, Public Health, the Environment, and Consumers. House Committee on Energy & Commerce. 1/31/2019, 10:00 am. Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2123. More
Department of Defense Enterprise-wide Cybersecurity Policies and Architecture. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee. 1/29/2019, 2:30 pm. Russell Senate Office Building , Room SR-222. More


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