04 May '11, 12pm

Kaiser Dissects Green Benefits of Electronic Medical Records

Kaiser Dissects Green Benefits of Electronic Medical Records

OAKLAND, CA — For a field whose putative motto is "First, do no harm ," the health care industry has a significant environmental footprint. From energy, water and waste-intensive high-tech hospitals to reams upon reams of paper used to print medical records and the other copious paperwork that goes with a visit to the doctor, medicine may have come a long way in curing ailments, but is only just beginning to recognize its need for greener practices. Kaiser Permanente , which has long been working on green initiatives across its operations -- from buildings to purchasing to supply chain -- today is announcing its first efforts at measuring those impacts. The company has published the results of an audit of its years-long shift to electronic health records (EHRs), chronicling the positives and negatives of moving away from paper records to computerized systems. "We just didn...

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