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Facing decarbonisation and further digital transformation of healthcare

MedExpress Team

Medexpress

Published Jan. 13, 2022 11:02

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In 2022, the global healthcare sector will continue to face the challenges of an ongoing pandemic. This means, inter alia, changing the method and conditions of providing medical services and the rapid development of virtual medical services. At the same time, the growing importance of sustainable development and environmental impact is becoming more and more apparent.

Healthcare around the world is responsible for 4% of carbon dioxide emissions - this is more than the aviation industry or maritime transport. This is mainly due to the fact that most hospitals and care facilities are not designed with energy efficiency in mind, and at the same time, specialist medical equipment is constantly working everywhere and, for example, air-conditioning and cooling devices are used on a large scale.

On the other hand, a changing climate has a direct impact on the health of the population and puts additional strain on healthcare infrastructure. It is the greatest global health threat facing the world, but at the same time an opportunity to redefine the scale of environmental impact on social determinants of health.

As the impact of climate change continues to increase, healthcare leaders will nee...

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