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Upcoming Webinar: Maintaining Resilient Communications in Healthcare

Lessons Learned from Nashville and Planning for the Inauguration and Understanding the Impacts of Communications Disruptions on Healthcare

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January 15, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
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Please join the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector on Friday, January 15, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET for a webinar titled Maintaining Resilient Communications in Healthcare: Lessons Learned from Nashville and Planning for the Inauguration. The HPH Sector is hosting this webinar to discuss the impacts from the Nashville bombing on the HPH Sector and to share planning considerations for potential disruptions during the Presidential Inauguration and transition.

Advance registration is required for the Maintaining Resilient Communications in Healthcare: Lessons Learned from Nashville and Planning for the Inauguration webinar. If you are not able to attend the webinar, we encourage you to register if you would like to recieve additional information  following the webinar, including a link to the recording and transcript.

Background

On December 25, 2020, a suicide bomber detonated a recreational vehicle (RV) bomb in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, United States, injuring eight people and damaging dozens of buildings. It took place at 6:30 am, adjacent to an AT&T network hub, resulting in days-long communication service outages. Cellular, wireline telephone, internet and U-verse television service were affected, as were many 911 call centers. These interruptions in service had significant negative impacts on the local hospitals and health systems, disrupting their ability to communicate, resulting in significant challenges to patient care, including the OCVID-19 response.

Following the civil unrest and riot at the U.S. Capitol, open source media is reporting plans for additional protests across the country for the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, which could lead to more violence and unrest. Such civil unrest may last beyond the Inauguration, and has the potential to lead to similar disruptions in communications capabilities, which would lead to disruption of healthcare.

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector is hosting a webinar to discuss the impacts from the Nashville bombing on the HPH Sector and to share planning considerations for potential disruptions during the Presidential Inauguration and transition.

Topics and Speakers

Representatives from healthcare facilities and systems impacted by the Nashville bombing will share their experiences and lessons learned

  • Willie Suggs, Director of Emergency Operations HCA Centennial Medical Center & Co-Chair Nashville Regional Healthcare Coalition
  • Scott Cormier, Vice President Emergency Management MedExcel & Ascension Health Systems

Representatives from the Communication Sector will share best practices on how to prepare for and mitigate risks from disruptions in communications capabilities

  • Robert (Bob) Desiato, Comms-ISAC Vice Chair and Director, AT&T Technology Operations
  • Joe Viens, Comms-ISAC Chair, and Senior Director, Government Affairs, Charter Communications

​Unclassified Threat Briefing and Considerations for Healthcare and Public Health

  • Aaron Roth, Managing Director, The Chertoff Group
  • Brian Hess, Senior Associate, The Chertoff Group

Critical Infrastructure Protection for the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors

  • This page last reviewed: January 15, 2021