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How to reduce health care’s climate impact?

A recent study suggests that cancer patients' preference for telehealth visits not only provides convenience but also significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with in-person medical care. Click here for article.

  • Telehealth and decentralized cancer care, facilitated by online consultations and local testing facilities, could potentially reduce nationwide carbon-dioxide emissions from cancer care by 33%.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic led to an 81% reduction in emissions associated with oncology visits due to increased telehealth usage and reduced in-person visits, highlighting the environmental benefits of virtual care.

  • Health care providers are increasingly recognizing the importance of addressing climate change by adopting eco-friendly practices, such as telemedicine and optimizing treatment protocols to minimize emissions.

  • While telehealth offers numerous benefits, including reduced travel time and costs for patients, its adoption should consider potential disparities in access and the need for personalized patient care preferences.

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