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Tuesday, July 31 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Globalization of the Medical Supply Chain: Points to Consider in Disaster Planning

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  Abstract:  When a disaster strikes, it is no time for the health-care supply chain to slow down. The lives and health of our patients depend on our ability to not only continue to provide normal operations, but to deliver an even greater volume of products. This session will provide an overview of recent disasters and emergencies, their impact on the supply chain, and ways that the government and private sector work together to support supply chain continuity. It will explore ways to plan for supply chain disruptions and how to work through established systems to obtain assistance when needed. Examples will be drawn from recent emergencies, as well as recent studies focusing on both domestic and international supply chain issues. The session will conclude with the demonstration of tools to assist health-care organizations in obtaining reliable information before, during and after emergencies.

Learning Objectives:
     1.    Describe the challenges associated with foreign sourcing in the health-care supply chain, including the potential impacts of disasters and emergencies on the supply chain.
     2.    Describe current efforts to better understand the international and domestic health-care supply chain.
     3.    Find information on supply chain and other emergency preparedness challenges using tools demonstrated during the session.


 1 contact hour: MM, E


Steve Curren

Steve Curren is the program manager of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). This program is responsible for coordinating a public and private partnership to identify and protect the critical infrastructure of the health sector from all hazards. The program resides within the HHS Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations under the assistant secretary for preparedness and... Read More →

Mickey Sparrow

Mickey Sparrow is the materials manager for Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C. A native of Bartow, Fla., he retired in 1995 after completing a 20-year career in the U.S. Army. He joined Tuomey in 1996 and worked in many supply chain and contracting roles before assuming the role of material manager in 2001. He is a former president of the South Carolina Society of Hospital Materials Management and began a three-year term on the AHRMM... Read More →

Tuesday July 31, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 118

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