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HCA Healthcare is set to provide 1,000 ventilators to hospitals experiencing a surge of patients amid the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The move is part of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) collaboration with the federal government and health systems to expedite the availability of this critical equipment in the US.
US President Donald Trump recently launched Dynamic Ventilator Reserve programme to distribute ventilators to critical areas of need in the fight against the Covid-19.
This new public-private collaboration includes an online inventory of ventilators and associated supplies such as tubing and filters.
As part of the initiative, the hospitals and health systems will input the available equipment into a database that they can lend it to others. Based on the demand, the providers can also request access to this virtual inventory.
The AHA will manage the inventory with full transparency and work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to evaluate when ventilators might be required to supplement the national emergency stockpile.
HCA Healthcare noted that its supply chain leadership team played a significant role in the formation of the Dynamic Ventilator Reserve. The company also worked with the AHA, the Federation of American Hospitals, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and other major healthcare group purchasing organisations for the development of the programme.
Currently, HCA Healthcare is working with various public and private organisations across the country to bring together resources, expertise and capabilities that will assist the national response to Covid-19.
The organisations include local and state governments, the federal government, healthcare companies, technology companies and other health systems.
Last week, HCA Healthcare created an open data platform in collaboration with Google Cloud and SADA. The platform will help hospitals and communities to respond to Covid-19 more efficiently.