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An analysis by Kaiser Permanente published in the May issue of Health Affairs. It also estimates that electronic health records lower carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 1.7 million tons. That’s only across the entire U.S. population.
Do you realize how big the Kaiser Permanente system is? It serves more than 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia.
So Kaiser Permanente also operates the world’s largest private electronic health record company. They call it more noteworthy Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®. Their analysis found consequently that comprehensive use of health IT by Kaiser Permanente:
1. Avoided the use of 1,044 tons of paper for medical charts annually
2. Eliminated up to 92,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions by replacing face-to-face patient visits (and the associated travel) with virtual visits
3. Avoided 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions by filling prescriptions online
However we probably will hear more in the future because Kaiser Permanente is an innovator in environmental stewardship. We are talking “groundbreaking” energy conservation, sustainable design and construction practices.
Source: Kaiser Permanente
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