Steve Lohr in his New York TImes blog has an interesting post today on Electronic Medical Records and how they can help the environment. The story is based on a study by Kaiser Permanente, a huge healthcare provider that is often at the forefront of designing and using new techniques and systems.
Kaiser used its own system — 454 clinics and 36 hospitals, using electronic health records — as its laboratory. The answer, published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs, is that the potential environmental benefit is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as much as 1.7 million tons a year. That’s the pollution equivalent of taking more than 300,000 cars off America’s roads.