2+ years ago, I migrated our entire IT infrastructure from our aging building with sub-par cooling to a start-of-the-art data center here in Atlanta, GA. This facility employs super efficient cooling, recycles rain water for the chillers and has some of the most up to date insulation features out there. It is a modern marvel of energy efficiency. Pair the facility with newer, more energy efficient systems and you have a recipe for energy and dollar savings.
Our biggest impact, in my opinion? We run our company lean in terms of office space. There are 6-7 of us in the office, with the rest of our employees scattered around in 30+ states. Thanks to technology, they never have to crank up a car for a commute. We effectively keep 180+ workers at home and off the roads each and every day.
Industry wide, the push for full electronic medical records is key. We still have many customers that print out patient reports and file them into a paper chart. They do this even after we have captured the audio digitally, typed it in a digital format then transmit it back to them securely and electronically. As more and more providers move to EMR systems, paper usage should all but disappear AND patient care will increase in quality.
While these few items might not rank anywhere up there against companies doing much, much more, I think it is a great start in the right direction.
What practices do you and your company have in place that are helping to reduce wasteful energy usage and other factors that impact the world around us?
Posted by Mike Iconis: wordZXpressed Transcription Services www.wordzx.com