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Green IT, Cloud Technologies, and Carbon Footprint in Hospitals

  • Nina S. Godbole
  • John P. Lamb
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Abstract

Sustainability for the healthcare sector needs to be addressed from both energy and carbon-footprint aspects. The healthcare sector is complex. The authors believe that green IT is an ideal way for hospitals to make a significant step in the green direction for several reasons. First, IT is continually being refreshed at hospitals and most organizations as part of the need for the hospitals to keep vital technology up to date. That refresh cycle is similar to the refresh cycle for our company-owned laptops, i.e., every 3 or 4 years. This results in a tremendous amount of eWaste, i.e., electronic waste generated in hospitals, and yet this is a neglected area. At all hospitals, servers and data storage are continually being replaced. Replacing the IT equipment and upgrading the application architecture with energy-efficient systems such as virtual servers, virtual data storage, and efficient application and database structures can easily reduce IT power consumption for the replaced equipment by 50%. A second compelling reason to move to green IT is that virtual server and virtual data-storage technology are methods that allow hospitals to reduce equipment and system management costs. Include private cloud computing for both your production and test/development systems, and the savings are even greater. So the latest green technology is based around a very solid business case without even considering the savings due to reduction in energy costs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nina S. Godbole
    • 1
  • John P. Lamb
    • 2
  1. 1.Researcher in Healthcare & Green IT, Certified Green IT Professional, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/IT), IAPP (USA)PuneIndia
  2. 2.Math DepartmentPace UniversityPleasantvilleUSA

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