Creating a sustainable future in healthcare

I had the pleasure of being present earlier this month Healthcare Information Management System Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference. As I walked down the show floor, I talked to our clients and partners and heard strong words from Guy Dedrich, Cisco’s Senior Vice President and Global Innovation Officer. During his main stage presentationOne thing in particular resonated with me. Durability.

As business leaders and technologists, we have a moral obligation to engage everyone, to be the ethical stewards of technology, and to protect our planet. Now is the time to invest in sustainable practices in healthcare and beyond.

Cisco is committed to ensuring a sustainable and regenerative planet with ongoing initiatives and solutions aimed at reducing emissions and tackling climate change.

If we do not take action, collectively as a society, it will have a detrimental and irreversible effect on our planet. In short, our time is running out.

The purpose of Cisco

Cisco aims to empower an inclusive future for all.

To achieve our goals, we use our technology and inspire our people to make a positive impact on communities around the world and on the planet. Our purpose is to have a meaning in every word. The term future speaks specifically to our sustainable enterprise.

In September 2021, Cisco pledged to emit net zero greenhouse gases by 2040, 10 years before the time when climate scientists said the planet must reach net zero to avoid the worst effects of climate change.1

We will achieve our goals by increasing the energy efficiency of our products, accelerating the use of renewable energy, embracing hybrid work, investing in carbon removal solutions and further embedding the principles of sustainability and circular economy across our business.

Did you know that despite the severity of the climate crisis, less than 2 percent of all public welfare dollars are currently being spent on the fight against climate change? That’s why the Cisco Foundation has announced a new 10-year, US $ 100 million nonprofit grant and pledge to influence investment in climate change.1

Sustainability in healthcare

Creating a sustainable and regenerative planet is no small task. But we can start with meaningful steps and thoughtful use of technology to reduce our impact on the planet. In healthcare, we are taking that meaningful step through the use of smart and sustainable hospitals, telehealth and digital front doors.

As an industry, healthcare is responsible for 4.4-4.6% of global greenhouse gas emissions.2 The U.S. healthcare system is responsible for about a quarter of these emissions, a figure that increased by 6% between 2010 and 2018.3 These emissions contribute to climate change and indirectly reduce health outcomes.

At the recent UN Climate Change Conference, COP26A team of 50 countries Committed to developing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems.

These countries are committed to reducing the impact of their health systems on CO2 emissions and climate change. The dual goals of a climate-resilient and low-carbon health system were emphasized in an open letter from more than 450 healthcare providers representing more than 46 million healthcare workers worldwide. The group warns that the climate crisis is the single biggest health threat facing humanity and calls on world leaders to take action on climate change.

So, what can healthcare agencies do to meet sustainability goals and reduce their impact on climate change?

Let’s start with the smart hospital

Smart hospital Securely connect data across clinical, operational and business systems, applications, user and physical healthcare facilities for a more automated and sustainable experience.

A smart hospital can reduce electricity costs by using the fourth utility, which leads to improved building operations, lower costs of ongoing operations, improved space and resource utilization, and most importantly carbon footprint reduction.

Interested in learning more? See how a hospital in South Korea has become more efficient through integrated network management solutions.

Telehealth and digital front door

As a result of the epidemic, patients have never invested much in managing their health. Patients want to manage their health at that time and in the most convenient place for them – telehealth and public appointment management (digital front door) is the new norm.

But Telehealth And Digital front door Not just tools to improve the patient experience. They have a significant impact on sustainability goals.

Less travel time to and from appointments and remote work opportunities for providers and contact center agents help reduce emissions and reduce carbon footprint.

What next?

Climate crisis cannot be solved by one person, organization, race or community.

We must come together as global partners, innovators and communities to help bring a shared vision of a sustainable and regenerative world.

To learn more about Cisco’s mission, Register for our event “Strengthening an Inclusive and Sustainable Future for All” April 20M. To see how Cisco is helping healthcare companies meet sustainability goals, see Cisco Portfolio Explorer for Healthcare Or if you want to talk to someone about any of the above, click here and the correct Cisco contact will reach you.


  1. Cisco’s Inclusive Futures Report
  2. Healthcare Pollution and Harm to Public Health in the United States: An Update, Health Matters
  3. Telehealth drugs can help reduce carbon footprint, Healthcare IT News


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