NETEC was tapped by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to create the National Special Pathogen System (NSPS) of care after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed serious gaps in the nation’s health care system. More than half a million Americans have died from COVID.


The NSPS mission is to provide a coordinated and standardized health care network of high-quality, patient- and community-centered care for patients suspected of or infected by a special pathogen in the U.S., while protecting the health workforce. The vision for the NSPS is to save lives through a sustained, standardized special pathogen system of care that enables health care personnel and administrators to provide agile and high-quality care across the care delivery continuum. 

NETEC will work with: organizations including federal government agencies like the CDC and Veterans Health Administration (VA) as well as experts in public health policy, payer insurance, health care management and delivery. Key leaders in professional societies and associations, academic institutions and medical centers, and emergency response services will also be involved in the effort. Each member will work to enable core capabilities of the NSPS system of care, which include: collaboration agreements, investment, operations, data and technology, and workforce. 

NETEC expects to have a strategy and implementation plan for the NSPS in summer 2021. Open and download the NSPS Strategy Document Summary and the NSPS Strategy Document pdfs.

To learn more about NSPS by the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC), please visit: netec.org/nsps/