Health System Surge
Health System Surge is one of the Governor’s Core Goals for A Prepared Maryland. OP&R is fulfilling this priority by ensuring the development of coordinated statewide plans to address health system surge. OP&R is also providing guidance and technical assistance to preparedness partners to assist in local and organizational surge planning efforts. Critical components of Health System Surge include: Pandemic Influenza Planning, Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and Local Health Department Preparedness.
Improving biosurveillance is one of the Governor’s Core Goals for a Prepared Maryland. OP&R is leading the effort to enhance biosurveillance capabilities in the state of Maryland. OP&R conducts biosurveillance activities to detect the early presence of disease or illness which may be indicative of a threat to public health and well-being. Biosurveillance data sources are reviewed and analyzed on a daily basis – 24/7/365.
Hospital Preparedness Program
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is a federal program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The goal of the program is to enhance healthcare systems capacities and capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from any public health incident. DHMH administers the activities of HPP and collaborates with various healthcare systems to enhance Maryland’s readiness in the event of a public health incident.
OP&R is responsible for coordinating a public health emergency response in the state of Maryland. As lead for Emergency Support Function #8: Public Health and Medical (ESF 8), OP&R oversees several critical emergency operations functions. The key activities of OP&R Emergency Operations include: Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), and the Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps (MPVC).