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Resources for Healthcare Providers to Prepare for Coronavirus Threat

February 12, 2020

Resources for Healthcare Providers to Prepare for Coronavirus Threat
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Although cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been minimal in the U.S. so far, physicians and other healthcare providers can still prepare for more widespread cases by taking advantage of these resources:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance and resources for U.S. healthcare personnel working in environments possibly exposed to 2019-nCoV. That guidance can be found here. Another resource offers ways healthcare providers can protect themselves from exposure and recommendations for environmental cleaning and disinfection. The CDC has also released a fact sheet on 2019-nCoV that can be found here

ECRI Institute launched a resource center to help providers prepare for potential threats associated with 2019-nCoV. The Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center, which is free to the public, includes lists of supplemental devices and supplies, as well as guidance on how clinicians can prepare for viral outbreaks. For more information, click here.

The Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.

The Louisiana Department of Health offers information for the public, as well as alerts for physicians and other healthcare providers regarding 2019-nCoV on their website

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