Do you know the real threats to our region’s healthcare system? Hint: it’s not an earthquake.

The Network’s first-ever Regional Healthcare Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) is now available, and you may be surprised to learn how many hazards pose a greater threat to our healthcare system than an earthquake.

Threats were determined by rating, ranking and prioritizing hazards in terms of likelihood and frequency, and human, economic, property/infrastructure impacts. At the top of the list, in terms of likelihood and projected impact, is cybersecurity. Conversely, earthquakes are considered a medium threat due to low likelihood.

The HVA development process included several months of researching HVA tools and processes, analyzing local and state jurisdictional HVAs, and conducting two Delphi method sessions with healthcare and public health colleagues. The group consisted of experts in clinical care, emergency management, safety, EMS, hospital and outpatient clinic care, engineering, supply chain and other disciplines.

Download the HVA here. And, on a related cybersecurity side note, Health and Human Services just released its Report On Improving Cybersecurity In The Health Care Industry.

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