Technology

In the last two years, the COVID pandemic has shown us how fragile the supply chain that we all rely on to deliver the global demand for goods and services really is. Hospitals and long-term healthcare facilities are not islands unto themselves but are dependent upon an array of interconnected support services and lifeline infrastructures that facilitate operations. Even during the best of times, the interdependencies that have developed with technology and the reliance on electricity make operations vulnerable to disruptions. Long-term, multi-sector disruption to the power grid by cyber or EMP attack in a Black Sky scenario will cause disruptions or outright failure of the supply chains of critical medical supplies and will impact infrastructures like communications, water, sewage, and transportation systems for an extended period of time. Healthcare emergency managers and administrators will need to have current and reliable situational awareness to be able to decide on appropriate courses of action to facilitate recovery and restoration back to normal operations.

The Electric Infrastructure Security Council (EIS Council) is currently developing a simulation “digital-twin” to enhance situational awareness and support decision-making for cross-sector infrastructures that would be impacted by a Black Sky disruption. For the past several years, the EIS Council has been in the development of GINOM, the Global Infrastructure Network Optimization Model, for mapping a large-scale, multi-sector, critical infrastructure simulation operating system for electric, natural gas, emergency fuel, health care, water, wastewater treatment, population centers, and traffic. GINOM considers the relationships and dynamic behavior of these various entities and simulates and predicts their behavior under possible disaster scenarios… The primary feature is the ability to integrate third-party simulations into a single environment, without the need to share proprietary or sensitive data. Hospital and Healthcare planners may find this simulation/operating system beneficial in providing situational awareness for decision making.

The EIS Council host the Global Resilience Commission (GRCom) featuring a series of educational webinars on current resilience topics including GINOM. The next webinar is scheduled for June 23, 2022, at 11:00 EDT. The topic for this webinar is THE (Black Sky) Chaos Problem: Recovering from Armageddon.

Please register for the webinar at: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5616485538855/WN_HWaQlPryR2y-sXoipFnIcw

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