Keeping your office eco-friendly through EMR integration
The amount of paper used in the healthcare industry is nothing short of astonishing. At roughly two billion pounds per year, paper and cardboard products make up approximately 36% of the municipal solid waste stream (according to the Healthcare Environment Resource Center). Imagine how much of this comes from paper charting methods used in hospitals, clinics, and multi- or single-physician practices.
Thanks to several EMR software companies, the magnitude of waste produced from healthcare sites is likely to drop significantly over the coming years. A staggering 67% of healthcare providers in the US are now using electronic medical records systems, according to DrugDev. As this number increases, the amount of energy used to produce paper will drop-off.
Keeping the environment healthy as we keep patients healthy
The primary concern in healthcare certainly lies around its customers – the patients. However, we can offer healthy remedies and alternatives to more than just the patients. In fact, by helping the environment through the implementation and use of EMRs, we are reducing the amount of pollution – ultimately reducing the amount of illnesses directly associated with pollution. What does this mean? In theory, a healthy practice can lead to a healthy environment, which may ultimately lead to a reduction of pollution-related illnesses.