Healthcare Systems Preparedness and Response Activities
The DoD National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Pilot Program
The Department of Defense faces critical questions related to the U.S. healthcare system:
- Is the National Disaster Medical System ready to care for casualties from a large overseas military conflict?
- Are there enough staff? Enough beds? Is there adequate military and civilian healthcare interoperability?
- What changes are needed to improve NDMS interoperability and health system preparedness?
The current pandemic has shown the medical surge capacity constraints of civilian healthcare systems. Many of these civilian systems, as NDMS partners, will be relied on to help care for the high volume of combat casualties anticipated from a large overseas conflict. This expected medical surge requirement of our nation's healthcare system has received increased attenton given the challenge of the current pandamic response.
To address this potential security threat, the National Center was designated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs as the Department of Defense (DoD) lead for the DoD NDMS Pilot Program.
Phase-1 of the NDMS Pilot Program is the Military-Civilian NDMS Interoperability Study (MCNIS). MCNIS will inform the Pilot of immediate and long-term changes needed to strengthen the NDMS in order to provide definitive care for combat casualites.