Since this year’s summit will be my first since joining the Intermedix team, to say I am excited to see what the Health Preparedness track is all about would be an understatement.
With Intermedix headquarters being in Nashville, also known as Music City, this year’s summit theme is One Rhythm. One Community. Besides the obvious tie to Nashville, this year’s theme expresses the idea of a large community sharing ideas and supporting each other. With collaboration of ideas being the central point to the Intermeidx Summit, where clients come together to present and share ideas, this theme seemed very fitting for this year’s event.
In support of this theme, our health preparedness community has some really great share-a-thon sessions planned that are focused on timely reporting for documentation and everyday operations. Although all of these sessions would to be worthwhile, I’ve picked my top three must-see health preparedness track sessions that you should consider attending if you want to focus on improving your overall response to both daily and unexpected events.
Share-a-thon: Everyday Incident Command System
- When: May 9 at 11 a.m.
- Who: Graham Jessiman, Senior Business Systems Consultant, Indiana State Department of Health
- Why: Indiana is among the top 10 states in the country for poultry production, so an outbreak of Avian Influenza in January 2016 had a significant impact, the response quickly overwhelming the local jurisdiction. Personnel from numerous agencies and organizations within Indiana, in cooperation with industry and federal partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, were deployed to the region. There were a number of lessons learned from this incident, many of which are applicable to other organizations dealing with responses that involve multiple agencies and locations. Graham will focus on what worked, what didn’t and how Indiana is ensuring it will be better prepared for the next big event.
Share-a-thon: Avian Influenza in Indiana
- When: May 9 at 1 p.m.
- Who: Alexandra Little, Regional Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, South Dakota Department of Health
- Why: South Dakota uses eICS for everyday operations, focusing less on its use as a disaster tool. In this session, Alexandra will describe how South Dakota has been able to optimize the value of eICS through bi-monthly trainings, bi-annual drills and an annual statewide exercise.
Share-a-thon: ED Diversion and Time Critical Diagnosis – An Overview of Kansas City Region Protocols
- When: May 9 at 2 p.m.
- Who: Carolyn Wells, Trauma/EP Manager, Liberty Hospital
- Why: The Kansas City Region utilizes EMResource to quickly keep regional, state and EMS stakeholders informed, provide timely reporting for documentation and track improvement opportunities. Carolyn will explore Kansas City’s experience with EMResource and provide background on the development and usage of their Ambulance Diversion Policy.