The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched modern healthcare systems globally. Hospitals were forced to cancel elective operations and develop new approaches for work to treat infected patients, limiting infection rates while maintaining most urgent operations. Many hospitals had issues with assets and infrastructure and were forced to close their doors.
On the other hand, COVID-19 has caused a massive acceleration in the use of virtual infrastructures and has helped expand access to care at a time when the pandemic has severely restricted patients’ ability to see healthcare staff. Healthcare services are now in the challenging but also potentially ground-breaking position to re-think the way they operate.
Bringing together international speakers from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to share their recent research and lessons learnt with colleagues from medicine, engineering, management, policy makers and others, this webinar aims to present the experience of hospitals internationally in order to develop a set of lessons to inform future resilience policies and plans.
Issues such as the resilience of critical infrastructure and lifeline, crowding and large service demand, and planning to major emergencies will be thoroughly discussed and linked to the challenges that the NHS and other related agencies are currently going through.