Strategic Improvements to the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS): Report from the Disaster Medicine Working Group NDMS Assessment Panel   [open pdf - 114KB]

"The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) was asked to provide feedback to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the review of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) and national medical surge capacity as required by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) and as specified by Paragraph 28 of Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-21. To accomplish this task, the request for review was forwarded to the NBSB, Disaster Medicine Working Group. The Disaster Medicine Working Group of the NBSB, in conjunction with support staff, established the NDMS Assessment Panel to provide input for this task. This NDMS Assessment Panel was comprised of a wide range of government, public, and private sector subject matter experts in NDMS and surge capacity (Appendix A). Multiple documents were considered by the Panel (Appendix B), including the 'Joint Review of National Disaster Medical System, Consolidated Report of Recommendations, Stakeholder Review Draft, Version 3.0' by the MITRE Corporation ('the MITRE report'). In preparation for making the recommendations, the panel met multiple times via teleconference over several months and attended one face-to-face meeting held on June 19, 2008 in Arlington, VA. The agenda of the NDMS Assessment Panel meeting is provided in Appendix C."

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