Letters Reducing your carbon footprint

How telemedicine helps

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39402.471863.BE (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1060
  1. Anthony C Smith, senior research fellow1,
  2. Victor Patterson, consultant neurologist2,
  3. Richard E Scott, associate professor3
  1. 1Centre for Online Health, University of Queensland, Qld 4029, Australia
  2. 2Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast BT12 6BA
  3. 3Global e-Health Research and Training Programme, Health Innovation and Information Technology Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 4N1
  1. a.smith{at}pobox.com

    Last year Stott and Godlee asked what we as health professionals can do about climate change.1 Traditional medical practice generates considerable carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases through travel. Yet many medical interactions can be delivered by telephone, videoconferencing, or email (telemedicine) as effectively as face to face. The balance between environmental benefits (and costs) of telemedicine is being examined in a …

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