Healthcare and Public Health Sector
Department of Health and Human Services

Operating in all U.S. states, territories, and tribal areas, the sector plays a significant role in response and recovery across all other sectors in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.  It protects all sectors of the economy from hazards such as terrorism and infectious disease outbreaks. Because the vast majority of the sector’s assets are privately owned and operated, collaboration and information sharing between the public and private sectors is essential to increasing resilience of the nation’s Healthcare and Public Health critical infrastructure. The Healthcare and Public Health Sector-Specific Plan details how the National Infrastructure Protection Plan risk management framework is implemented.

Mission Support

The primary geospatial mission support role for the sector revolves around the responsibility of public and medical health in response to catastrophic events. The sector focuses on critical infrastructure and the potential affects in times of natural and manmade disaster. Using historical flood data, the sector is able to plan ahead to see where infrastructure could be most affected in case of flooding. Another important geospatial mission is studying population data to determine potential vulnerable population groups who may need extra medical and health care assistance.

Systems/Tools/Partners

The Healthcare and Public Health sector created a web mapping tool called GeoHealth for sharing of information both internally and externally with their partners and the public. The mapping application provides relevant, secure data to those within the sector that have the proper login credentials. The same system is also shared to the public with only unclassified data available for viewing.

Case Study

The Healthcare and Public Health sector created a web mapping application to show concentrated areas of electrically dependent durable medical equipment. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which shows numbers of claims for people who have specific types of medical equipment. The data displays on the map by state, county, and zip code. The web mapping viewer assists users in knowing where concentrations of the population who are greatly dependent on electricity for medical equipment necessary for survival live. Planners are then able to determine where focus should be placed on the restoring the electric grid, or providing generators in the case of a terrorist event, or natural disaster.

Data

The Healthcare and Public Health sector shares publically available data on their GeoHealth web mapping platform including the CMS data, weather alerts, FEMA disaster declared counties, and other publically available federal data for viewing. Critical infrastructure data significant to the sector are only available to those who have specific permissions.

The Sector is also reliant upon HIFLD data. Refer to the “Public Health” subcategory in the HIFLD data catalog at: https://gii.dhs.gov/hifld/content/hifld-data-catalog..

* To request HIFLD data, please contact the HIFLD helpdesk at HIFLD@hq.dhs.gov.

Updated on March 31, 2020