GNYHA invites members to this November 20 symposium on how hospitals can build resiliency in the face of natural and man-made threats. In collaboration with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and held during Resilience Month, this symposium will explore many diverse issues related to the health care workforce, supply chain, and physical and cybersecurity.

Brian Harrell, Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within DHS’s newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), will give opening remarks. Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Well-Being and Resilience, and Chief Wellness Officer at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, will then join Mr. Harrell to discuss challenges and opportunities related to fostering resiliency in the health care workforce.

These remarks will be followed by a panel discussion focused on supply chain resiliency, especially during emergency incidents. Panelists from manufacturing, distribution, and health care delivery will share their perspectives. DHS representatives will discuss key findings and recommendations from two recent analyses of the New York region’s health care supply chain. The first examined end-to-end manufacturing and delivery for five specific product lines—linens, medical gases, blood products, pharmaceuticals, and medical-surgical supplies—and the second has focused on products with very short shelf lives that require refrigeration. The discussion will highlight the many interdependencies in the health care supply chain, and the role of group purchasing organizations such as GNYHA’s Acurity during emergency incidents.

A second panel discussion will focus on cybersecurity resilience. Rich Richards, a DHS cybersecurity advisor who has worked with many institutions in the New York region, will discuss common vulnerabilities he observes related to people, processes, and infrastructure. Geoff Brown, Head of New York City Cyber Command, will discuss the recent rise in cyberattacks on municipalities and efforts to prevent and mitigate such attacks at the New York City level. A health care representative will share institutional approaches to cybersecurity threats including phishing attacks, ransomware, and vulnerabilities due to medical devices.

The symposium will be relevant to hospital staff in the areas of operations, IT, physical security, human resources, and emergency management. Please encourage others at your institution who are interested in these topics to attend.