The Green Doctor Office Program – MyGreenDoctor.org helps medical practices across the US prevent care before it’s needed

The Green Doctor Office Program - MyGreenDoctor.org helps medical practices across the US prevent care before it's needed

Saving money while creating a healthier office & climate: Florida Medical Association’s Green Doctor Office Program In the last 2-4 weeks I’ve reflected on a consistent theme that I’ve encountered in the area of health care that goes beyond what the industry traditionally sees as its role, and that is the leadership of individual, dedicated …

My slides from presentation : #GreenHC – Healthy Environments, Healthy People

My slides from presentation : #GreenHC - Healthy Environments, Healthy People

I really enjoyed putting these together because I learned so much in the process. And I thank the American College of Preventive Medicine ( @ACPM_HQ ) for allowing me to practice it for the first time to an understanding audience. Slide share version plus click through version below (I like the slide table view so …

Not using stock photography: Better images to talk about green in health care #greenHC

Not using stock photography: Better images to talk about green in health care #greenHC

I (and many others in the social media space) don’t really like stock photography. The problem with it is that it isn’t real, so what does it illustrate except that someone somewhere was in a studio pretending to do something. I wrote about this previously: (See: Health care is usually not a stock photo (of …

#greenHC Part 7 (last one): Why am I interested?

#greenHC Part 7 (last one): Why am I interested?

From my LEAN training, I’ve learned to always ask “Why?” and this topic is no different for me. I did not train at a place where sustainability was emphasized, so I asked why it’s emphasized where I work now, Kaiser Permanente. Answer: this is in our DNA, too The first images are from the Sidney …

#greenHC part 5: An ounce of preventing preventive care equals megatons of CO2 saved

#greenHC part 5: An ounce of preventing preventive care equals megatons of CO2 saved

Deliberately avoiding the term “greening” as too much like “tree-hugging,” Dr. (David) Pencheon (head of NHS’s Sustainable Development Unit) argues that whole new models of care are needed, with new financial incentives that reward medical behaviour that benefits both human health and the environment. (Moynihan R. The greening of medicine. BMJ. 2012;344(jan16 1):d8360-d8360.) #greenHC is …

#greenhealthcare part 4: Health Information Technology helps health care be green

#greenhealthcare part 4: Health Information Technology helps health care be green

This is part 4 in a series on health care and climate change, or “Prevention is the new health information technology,” based on my learning prior to ACPM2012. You can see all the posts here. A goal of health information technology may be prevention, however, health information technology can support prevention by making health care …

#greenhealthcare Part 3: Better food in health care makes a difference

#greenhealthcare Part 3: Better food in health care makes a difference

This is part 3 in a series on health care and climate change, or “Prevention is the new health information technology,” based on my learning prior to ACPM2012. You can see all the posts here. Food The first slide above is from the Kaiser Permanente web site, advertising a farmer’s market. When I was in …

#greenhealthcare Part 2: Safer Chemicals (what’s dripping in that IV besides medicine?)

#greenhealthcare Part 2: Safer Chemicals (what's dripping in that IV besides medicine?)

“How – Safer Chemicals” This is Part 2 in a series. See the original post here. The image of Intravenous (IV) equipment (bags and tubing) is one that feels healthy – medicine dripping into the veins of a person in need. And this is what health care uses IV equipment for, successfully, for lots of …

During HIMSS12 I’ll be at ACPM2012 to talk #greenhealthcare – here’s why

During HIMSS12 I'll be at ACPM2012 to talk #greenhealthcare - here's why

#greenhealthcare – “big in europe” Acronyms out of the way: HIMSS12 is the premier Health Information Technology Conference and Exhibition, put on by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. ACPM2012 is the American College of Preventive Medicine’s annual meeting, and the is premier event for professionals in disease prevention and health promotion.. Las Vegas …