Jarrod Goentzel, founder and director of the MIT Humanitarian Response Lab, has been using these methods to help West Africa cope with the Ebola outbreak, and said the same approach could be used in Boston to create a central point among its cluster of large hospitals to house supplies needed in crisis situations.
“We have lots of hospitals here. In a panic mode, everyone is trying to procure supplies,” he said. “Basic human nature is to hoard and hoard and be prepared. But the more centrally you stock things, the more risk that can cover.”