The Covid 19 pandemic has meant that we have all had to adjust to new ways of working and MOIC are focusing their efforts on helping the region respond to the pandemic through research, assessment and evaluation of key areas. A number of colleagues work with MOIC in this area, including those from the emergency planning team, Ulster University and the Department of Health
The expertise at MOIC was called upon to lead a number of regional initiatives needed to help maintain access to critical healthcare supplies in high demand due to COVID-19. This includes:
· MOIC supporting regional efforts to secure additional PPE by providing technical assessment support to BSO.
· MOIC developing demand modelling systems for oxygen supplies in hospitals and the community, critical care medicines used in intensive care, palliative care medicines, renal replacement therapies, essential consumables for oxygen and ventilators.
We are also working closely with our colleagues in Healthcare Analytics to explore options around tagging of vital critical care equipment including ventilators and other essential equipment.
All of these projects are ongoing and we are hoping to publish findings in the near future.