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March 30, 2020

When will the COVID-19 pandemic allow Americans to return to work?

"How fast can the U.S. go back to work? Our disaster preparedness capabilities, and the supporting supply chains, will help to determine the answer to that question. When it comes to these issues, there are few better sources than Dr. Pinar Keskinocak and Neelima Ramaraju," the article reads.

"The difficulties we are facing in responding to the pandemic are in part due to the design of medical supply chains."

Dr. Keskinocak says a “system wide response” that coordinates global decisions is crucial.

Ramaraju, LLamasoft Senior Director of Global Impact, agrees adding, “Parallel systems were not efficient. In order to cost-effectively scale, there is often a need to integrate networks. For example, as new testing capabilities/tools were coming online, there was a need to make decisions about how many and where those would need to go.”

“If the U.S.’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the individual states shared data and had visibility into needs, it would allow for a coordinated response. AI (artificial intelligence) algorithms could help predict where the hotspots would be and where critical supplies would be needed. This would allow for our resources to be used most effectively. The last thing we want is for us to spend all this money expediting shipment of products, and then having too much in one place and not enough in another. This is a standard problem commercial supply chains are constantly dealing with – but in this case, it’s life and death!” Ramaraju said.

"It is important for us (Americans) to have patience and continue physical distancing and gain precious time. We need to flatten the curve,” Dr. Keskinocak said.

Read the full article here.
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