An extensive research study recently published in The Journal of Climate Change and Health showed an escalated use of Telehealth’s services, solutions in the pacific northwest.
Telehealth’s solutions have drastically reduced transportation-generated greenhouse gas emissions.The study was a combined effort of researchers from Northwest Permanente, Brigham, the Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
Even though the source of emissions often arises directly from the healthcare facilities or indirectly via the supply chain, researchers suggest that patient transportation is also a crucial component stimulating the healthcare system’s carbon footprint.The research team traced back the total number of in-person and Telehealth’s visits from 2015 to 2020. Altogether, in-person outpatient visits escalated at a rate of 1.5% per year during 2019. However, the same value had declined drastically by 46.2% in 2020 amidst COVID-19.