Working on the future of health care

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of going to Health Information System (HIMSS) Annual conference. As I walked to the exhibition floor, talked to our customers and colleagues and listened to the powerful words of Cisco Vice President and Global Innovation Officer, Guy Diedrich, during his great showone topic that concerns me. Keep going.

As industry and technology leaders, we have a responsibility to connect with all, be effective stewards of technology and protect our planet. Now is the time for us to engage in ongoing health care practices in and out.

Cisco is committed to ensuring a sustainable and innovative world with sustainable practices and solutions related to reducing emissions and addressing climate change.

If we don’t work, together as a group, we will have a devastating effect that our world cannot change. In short, time is running out.

The reason for Cisco

Cisco hopes to be the power of the future for everyone.

To fulfill our mission, we use our technology and empower our people to make a positive impact in communities around the world and around the world. Each word has a meaning to our subject. The next article will speak in detail about our ongoing activities.

In September 2021, Cisco vowed to release green light by 2040, 10 years before the time when scientists say the world needs to reach net zero to avoid the consequences. very good at changing the climate.1

We will achieve our goal by continuing to increase the energy efficiency of our products, accelerate the use of renewable energy, maintain hybrid production, and invest in new technologies. carbon offsets, and re -engineering the sustainability and environmental standards of our industry.

Did you know that despite the magnitude of the climate crisis, less than 2 percent of all philanthropic funds are currently in the fight against climate change? That’s why the Cisco Foundation has announced a new 10 -year, US $ 100 million initiative to fund non -financial grants and the result of investing in air conditioning solutions.1

Maintaining good health

Creating a sustainable and healing world is no small task. But we can start with the right steps and think about technology to reduce our impact on the world. In healthcare, we are doing those important things through the use of smart and sustainable hospitals, telehealth and first door.

As a profession, health care accounts for 4.4-4.6% of global greenhouse gas emissions.2 The U.S. health care system accounted for nearly one -quarter of these emissions, a figure that grew by 6% between 2010 and 2018.3 These releases provide for climate change and do not lead to health consequences.

At the last United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26a group of 50 countries committed to the development of low -cost health care systems.

These countries are committed to reducing the impact of CO2 emissions and climate change on their health systems. The two goals of a low -income and low -income health care system were confirmed by an open letter from 450 health care providers representing more than 46 million health care workers around the world. The group called the climate crisis the biggest health threat facing humanity and called on world leaders to take action.

So what can health care organizations do to help achieve sustainability goals and reduce their impact on climate change?

Let’s start with smart hospitals

Smart hospitals secure integration of health systems, operations, and services, applications, users, and data between health care departments for a more flexible and consistent experience.

A smart hospital can use a fourth of the benefits to reduce power consumption, leading to increased building costs, lower costs of maintenance work, improved space and facilities. consumption, and most importantly, the reduction of carbon footprint.

Want to learn more? Find out how a hospital in South Korea can be better with integrated online navigation systems.

Telehealth and window glass

As a result of the disease, many patients did not take better care of their health. Patients want to manage their health at the time and in the most convenient place for them – telehealth and omnichannel appointment management (digital front door) are the norm.

But telehealth a front digital window And not just tools to improve diagnosis. They also have a significant impact on sustainability goals.

The less travel time is from options and the more time it takes to work remotely for suppliers and central equipment to help reduce emissions and lower the carbon footprint.

What’s next?

The air crisis cannot be solved by one person, group, nation, or community.

We need to come together as partners, innovators, and communities around the world to help achieve a shared vision of a sustainable and healing world.

To learn more about Cisco’s mission, sign up for our “Powering an Inclusive & Sustainable Future for All” event on the 20th of Aprilth. Find out how Cisco can help healthcare organizations achieve sustainability goals, visitation Cisco portfolio explorer for healthcare and if you would like to speak with someone on any of the topics above, click here and the appropriate Cisco company will contact you.


  1. Cisco’s Inclusive Future Report
  2. Health care pollution and public health damage in the United States: An Innovative, Health Industry
  3. Telehealth can help reduce the carbon footprint of medicine, Healthcare IT News


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