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Two hospital systems in New England facing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies are using online swap meets to connect with other hospitals or doctor’s offices that have a surplus, according to The Associated Press.
The online exchange programs come amid a continuing PPE and supply shortage as coronavirus hotspots throughout the country face thousands of patients per day.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for this,” Michelle Hood, chief operating officer of the American Hospital Association, told the AP. “It’s sure made a difference to those who got supplies when they really needed them.”
The two used the Exchange at Resilinc, a new online trading platform from Stanford Health Care, to connect.