Emergency Preparedness

About Emergency Preparedness

It’s time to change the way California thinks about disaster response. The COVID-19 pandemic showed that hospitals can quickly mobilize to provide flexible approaches to patient care during a disaster. The state must draw upon these lessons to prepare differently so the next crisis will be less severe. Given California’s size and complexity, the health care disaster response system of the future must be nimble enough to respond to any catastrophe. More information on disaster response can be found on the Cal Hospital Prepare website.

CHA Releases APOT Reduction Protocol Educational Materials

What’s happening: CHA released a members-only educational brief and on-demand presentation on ambulance patient offload time (APOT) reduction protocol requirements. These materials provide key deadlines and guidance and share Sutter Health’s approach to incorporating the new requirements into existing procedures.   What else to know: As mandated by Assembly Bill 40, California hospitals must submit APOT […]

HCAI Releases New Guidance on Alternate On-Site Power Sources

What’s happening: The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) released new guidance on the use of on-site alternate sources of power other than diesel generator(s) to be used as the essential electrical system (EES) power source(s). 

What else to know: HCAI released a new code of application notice (CAN) on health care microgrids. The amendment in the 2022 California Electrical Code, effective July 1, is intended to permit the use of on-site alternate sources of power other than diesel generator(s) to be used as the EES power source(s).  

CHA Emergency Services Forum Discussed Patient Volume, Regulations, and Innovation

What’s happening: CHA hosted the 2024 Emergency Services Forum on May 6 in Newport Beach, California. The forum covered an array of topics, including compliance with legislation, regulating ambulance patient offload time, the impact of recent changes in the behavioral health system on emergency departments (EDs), and a keynote address by RaDonda Vaught, a nurse who was convicted of negligent homicide after accidentally giving a patient the wrong medication.   

What else to know: The forum saw a record attendance of 156 attendees this year, a capacity crowd of professionals and providers from around the state. The gathering provided clarity on laws that affect EDs, previewed upcoming regulations, and provided ED personnel the opportunity to discuss prehospital challenges. Those in attendance said it was a reminder there is a resilient community to lean on.  

HCAI, OSHPD Release Design Guide for Planning and Preparing for Disasters

What’s happening: The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) have released a new Design Guide for Planning and Preparing for Disasters to assist hospitals in planning, preparing, and responding to disasters.   

What else to know: The 102-page document includes coordinating references and illustrations supporting hospitals’ obligation to save lives and prevent injury or property damage in their emergency response. 

HHS Establishes Voluntary Cybersecurity Goals for Health Care

What’s happening: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released voluntary health care-specific cybersecurity performance goals (CPGs) to help organizations prioritize implementation of high-impact cybersecurity practices. 

What else to know: The CPGs include 10 essential and 10 enhanced goals. They are based on multiple cybersecurity frameworks and directly address common attack vectors against U.S. domestic hospitals as identified in the 2023 Hospital Cyber Resiliency Landscape Analysis.  

Cyberattack: Preparing for and Reacting to a Breach

“Hospitals with a cybersecurity plan in place prior to an attack have a better chance at minimizing damage.” Mary Massey, CHA Vice President of Emergency Management The Internet represents one of the biggest tools hospitals utilize to function successfully. It is also one of the largest vulnerabilities. Safeguarding devices, networks, and data from cyberattacks is […]