U.S. Health Security Preparedness Scores 7.4 on 10-Point Scale
December 11, 2014 in News
The U.S. has a relatively strong health security preparedness capability that it can build upon and improve, according to the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index released Tuesday, Health IT Security reports (Snell, Health IT Security, 12/10).
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The index, which measures the nation’s readiness to protect individuals during a health emergency or disaster, was compiled by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (NHSPI release, 12/9). ASHTO worked with CDC as well as more than 35 partners nationwide to collect and analyze data for the report, which was first launched last year (Health IT Security, 12/10).
Overall, the U.S. averaged a score 7.4 out of 10 on six domains:
- Countermeasures management scored 9.1 out of 10;
- Incident and information management scored 8.1 out of 10;
- Health security surveillance scored 7.8 out of 10;
- Community planning and engagement scored 6.7 out of 10;
- Health care delivery, scoring 6.5 out of 10 scored; and
- Environmental and occupational health scored 5.9 out of 10.
The authors noted that while the results showed the U.S. is highly prepared in the event of an emergency, there is still room for improvement (Gooch, Becker’s Hospital Review, 12/10).
They also noted that the index’s methodology and structure are still evolving but can help spur conversations, build partnerships and strengthen industry preparedness against incidents (AHA News, 12/9).