Communities of Interest for Crisis Standards of Care and Allocation of Scarce Resources

In response to a 2008 Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendation,  the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) developed a Communities of Interest (COI) SharePoint site (i.e., a clearinghouse) to better disseminate information and manage documents; share promising practices and ideas; and provide a workspace where users from inside and outside HHS/ASPR can come together to share documents and ideas regarding the crisis standards of care (CSC) and allocation of scarce resources (ASR). HHS/ASPR uses the term “communities of interest” to describe and include all of the interested parties involved in CSC and ASR planning.