Effective response is impossible without actionable information. This cannot be effectively accomplished without a clear understanding of what and where the needs are, what and where the assets are, when and how they are moved, and whether or not they have successfully met the need. This requires a sophisticated system of information flow, analysis and action.
This white paper explores successful efforts by both public and private sector elements to create a comprehensive and actionable information system in medical and public health logistics and presents Vanderwagen's necessary steps moving forward. As he states, The health and well being of our family, friends and communities demands this effort.