Experts agree that there's more inventory than had previously been stocked, but questions remain over how much is enough and whether stockpiling is the ultimate solution.
"There's more inventory in more categories than there ever has been in the stockpile," said Chaun Powell, who leads the disaster response team at Premier, a healthcare improvement company. "Stockpiling in general has contributed to the fact that we're in a better position. We still don't think stockpiling is a long term solution."
Instead, experts have floated more sophisticated IT solutions that provide visibility into the supply chain to identify where problems might crop up and which could allow for quicker solutions. Adams and Mango touted the progress the department has made in advancing systems to have more transparency into the supply chain.