04 May '11, 2pm

Electronic Health Records Improve Care, Cut Costs, Benefit Environment: A Kaiser Permanente study finds switchin...

One of the ways the new healthcare law will bring down the costs of the US health care system is by helping the industry transition to the use of electronic health records for patients. Although the appeal of electronic health records results from their projected positive effects on health care quality, safety, and efficiency, their impact on the environment hadn't been examined until now. An analysis by Kaiser Permanente (KP), published in the May issue of Health Affairs, finds that using electronic health records goes beyond reducing costs and improving patient care - it provides substantial environmental benefits. Last week, we reported that the US Green Building Council launched LEED certification for Healthcare and pointed out that the healthcare industry is responsible for 16% of US GDP and 8% of total US greenhouse gas emissions. Hospitals in particular, have huge e...

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ecogeek.org 04 May '11, 7pm

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greenbiz.com 04 May '11, 12pm

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earth911.com 04 May '11, 5pm

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unep.org 10 May '11, 1pm

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thedailygreen.com 05 May '11, 6pm

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inhabitots.com 06 May '11, 6pm

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